Legacy Modernization

Legacy Modernization

How much are aging legacy systems and applications hampering your ability to deliver innovative products and services? Numerous reports say that for most organizations, it could be as much as 90 percent. Meanwhile, the solutions for addressing “legacy gridlock” are many and varied, leaving you with more questions than answers:

  • Do I replace or refactor?
  • Do I rebuild altogether or should I buy commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software?
  • Should I incorporate a new services-oriented architecture (SOA)?
  • What are containers and how do they help get software to market faster and better?
  • I’ve heard about low-code, but what is it, and is it an option for my company?

Our new eBook, “Legacy Modernization: Finding Your Way With Low-Code,” takes on these questions, providing clear direction for leaving legacy system nightmares behind. It offers a practical way forward with low-code that you don’t want to miss.

New Low-Code Clinics – agile skills, capabilities and a PoC fast track

New Low-Code Clinics – agile skills, capabilities and a PoC fast track

Today I am pleased to announce the release of our ‘Low-Code Clinics’ for OutSystems. For the past few months we have been building a new program to support the typical workloads in an OutSystems sales engagement. It gives me great pleasure to share with you some updates on our inaugural December release.

So, a ‘Low-Code Clinic’ [LCC] is our new service to a) support the personal skills needed for technical and business users, and b) offer capabilities for the development of ‘proof of concepts’. A LCC brings together the OutSystems personal environment with structured training, guided enablement paths, support and mentoring for an individual or a team. A LCC is offered on a monthly paid subscription but has a primary objective to support the delivery of software sales or services. 

What is a LCC?

  • A personal cloud-based OutSystems environment
  • A ‘kick start’ session to plan ones learning pathway and objectives
  • An option to fast-track a PoC development
  • Access to tons of online videos, exercises and mentoring to build personal or team skills

Here is just some of the content in this December release

Clinic 1 Build a Web App in 2 hours – learn what it is to be ‘fast’ at web development
Clinic 2 Build a Mobile App in 2 hours – learn what it is to be ‘fast’ at iOS and Android development
Clinic 3 Jump Start  – this is classic Jump Start but online – 2 guided exercises,
Clinic 4 Becoming a Low-Code Web Developer – 14 lessons, 21 videos, 17 exercises
Clinic 5 Becoming a Low-Code Mobile developer  – 10 lessons, 23 videos, 15 exercises

Build or Buy: It’s a Matter of ‘Plasticity

Build or Buy: It’s a Matter of ‘Plasticity

Human brains constantly change their function and structure, and the term for this is neuroplasticity. Modern enterprises faced with constant challenges exercise a similar form of “plasticity” to adapt to a continuum of new changes. It was not always so, of course.

Thirty years ago, companies relied on people to get business done. They were organized in hierarchies complemented by narrowly scoped, localized systems of record. Change management programs restructured org charts, companies reeducated people, and eventually people were hired and fired. There was some change enforced on the existing system of records, but lack of agility (or lack of plasticity) was never a mission-critical impediment to success in business.

Introducing OutSystems 11: Running LAPs (Large Application Portfolios) at the Speed of Business

Introducing OutSystems 11: Running LAPs (Large Application Portfolios) at the Speed of Business

OutSystems 11 is a transformative alternative for enterprise IT leaders who need to overcome legacy gridlock. The latest release of the industry-leading low-code development platform enables you to address entire portfolios of mobile and web apps, aging core systems, and those over-customized ERP and CRM systems that are critical to your business but are killing your productivity.

Re-purpose aged SharePoint applications for Office 365

Re-purpose aged SharePoint applications for Office 365

If you are like most organisations with a policy to follow Microsoft technologies you will have one, two or several SharePoint farms running in your data centre …. that you can’t turn off. If this is you, then read on.

Over the past 10 odd years we have seen many organisations make significant investments to modify core SharePoint server functions to meet the needs of the business owners. For organisations that are moving to Office 365 and SharePoint online they are asking themselves how we can move these on-prem assets and re-purpose them of the future. At the board level they are most likely asking …. how can we pulverise this legacy debt, so we are free to move forward with a cloud first strategy?

In relative terms, moving SharePoint server content to O365 is easy as most migration vendors have proven, mature capabilities. The problems lies with the moving the business logic and custom functionality, this is not easy to move and requires a whole set of new development skills. Microsoft’s response is a number of new approaches such as the SharePoint Framework (SPFx), Client Side Object Model (CSOM), Client-Side JSOM; Content Editor (CEWP) and Script Editor WebParts, the Graph APIs etc etc. Mesmerising stuff for mortals and business folk just trying to create value.

The point here is that if you want to customise SharePoint online, as you did with SharePoint server, you will need developers, ones with new skills, a bigger budget and a risk profile that gives internal or external dev teams freedom and latitude to explore. For many organisations this risk burden is massive.

Wait, what if there was another option. An enterprise cloud infrastructure, purpose built for applications, with visual no-code tools, that provided integration with O365 data and services, single sign on for your users, that provides easy development of web and native mobile solutions, support for micro services, integration existing core systems and unbreakable dev-ops. Is it worth a look?

For all CIO’s, SharePoint professionals & business leaders looking to make a clean transition to Office 365. We can help you re-purpose and transform legacy SharePoint apps into value creating systems built on low code, fast, enterprise strength capabilities. Everything you need to build, manage, change and deploy enterprise apps for O365 is here today. Just click here http://businesscriticalsolutions.net/sharepoint-applications-for-office-365

Demand for Apps Is Exploding 2018

Demand for Apps Is Exploding 2018

The need for digital transformation dominates business strategy today, and there are two obvious consequences for IT. Demand for application development is at an all-time high, and speed and agility are more important than ever before.

3,500 IT professionals from 116 countries share their insights in one of the most comprehensive research reports on the state of application development.

Featuring an analysis of responses from IT managers, architects, and developers across all industries, this 34-page research report answers five critical questions:

  • How are app dev priorities adjusting to this digital age?
  • What are the main challenges of meeting app dev goals?
  • What strategies are IT teams employing to increase app dev capacity and speed?
  • Are these strategies working to overcome resource constraints, and reduce backlogs?
  • Are new app dev practices such as low-code and citizen development making a difference?

To find out more, download the full report.