Technology modernization and transformation

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Note from the editor

In a dream world, when the time comes for a business to deploy hardware, software or other core ingredients of a technology stack, all they would need is the click of a button or a flip of a switch.

But dreams are not reality and adoption is not a linear process. Instead, adoption requires negotiations with stakeholders and integrations throughout the business. The same is true of upgrades and the end of life for a piece of technology. Businesses weave solutions into their stacks, and it's far easier to let a legacy product linger than to find and migrate to a replacement.

In the past 18 months, businesses have rushed to adopt digital solutions to fill technology gaps created by the pandemic. These efforts to modernize allowed businesses to continue operating, but set aside the hard work of transformation. 

Now, the hard work begins. As businesses plan for the year ahead, they can adapt technology plans to continue modernization, consolidating systems and automating workflows. This strategy will make way for true technology transformation, where legacy systems are retired and businesses are primed to serve customers in a more efficient and cost-effective way.

Naomi Eide Senior Editor

Overcoming legacy debt is a process problem, not a modernization one

Legacy technology is a compatibility issue. The solution, continuous modernization, keeps aging tech stacks integrated with more innovative options.

• Published Aug. 24, 2021

An effective cloud strategy is a frame of mind, not a one-time transition

If workloads and the data still act like they're in a data center, the organization won't run as efficiently, which can lead to frustration on the part of customers and employees.

• Published Sept. 7, 2021

3 common reasons IT modernization efforts fail

For the best results, it's important to fully understand the snags of digital transformation and how to mitigate them.

• Published Aug. 2, 2021

Inside Wells Fargo's multicloud strategy

The financial services provider plans to work with Microsoft and Google to support its public cloud infrastructure.

• Published Sept. 21, 2021

Why businesses are repatriating cloud workloads

Nearly three-quarters of organizations required repatriation for performance, cost or both, according to a survey commissioned by Virtana.

• Published Aug. 9, 2021

What happens when legacy apps become unmanageable?

In theory, a mainframe could last forever. But if aging technology is kept past its prime, it could weigh down a company's ability to innovate.

• Published Aug. 9, 2021

8 software migration tips from a Google engineer

Learning from others' mistakes and opportunities helps avoid common pitfalls in the migration roadmap.

• Published Sept. 28, 2021

Technology transformation and modernization in 2021

In the past 18 months, businesses have rushed to adopt digital solutions to fill technology gaps created by the pandemic. Now, the hard work begins. As businesses plan for the year ahead, they can adapt technology plans to continue modernization, consolidating systems and automating workflows.

included in this trendline
  • Overcoming legacy debt is a process problem, not a modernization one
  • Inside Wells Fargo's multicloud strategy
  • 8 software migration tips from a Google engineer
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.