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.

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.

Why IT Struggles with Digital Transformation

Why IT Struggles with Digital Transformation

The Four Challenges

So, what is holding back digital transformation and making life difficult for so many CIOs and their organizations? The answer to this question can be summarized in four categories1.

  • Massive backlogs. Many organizations have more work than their IT teams can deliver. According to a recent OutSystems survey of 3,200 IT professionals, 62 percent of IT managers reported having a backlog of mobile apps. In some cases, they had 10 apps or more waiting to be developed.
  • Legacy debt. Keep-the-lights-on activities make up a massive 70 to 80 percent of IT budgets.5  Inflexible back-office systems not only use up too many resources and too much budget, but they’re also hard to integrate or adapt in the ways needed to support new digital initiatives. Slow development methods associated with legacy systems make a bad situation worse.
  • Scarce resources. Digital initiatives require specific technical skills. Since many organisations don’t have them, their choices are to invest heavily in training, recruit necessary skills, or plug gaps with outsourcing. Unfortunately, with developers costing as much as $170 an hour, these options are expensive, time consuming, or both.
  • Uncertainty. Digital transformation (if it really is transformative) is hard because it involves genuine innovation and a different mindset. Processes, business models, service offerings are all likely to be new. Adoption by customers and partners is unpredictable. Simply put, this is a million miles from the comparative safety of incremental and linear business improvement. Embracing such uncertainty is often hard for IT organizations. New methods are needed throughout the entire development lifecycle. Risk-averse, business-case prioritization is out; design thinking and lean startup, and test and learn are in.

Download the full 36 page PDF by OutSystems. Learn how no-code platforms can enable innovation through the adoption of Agile teams, flexible integration and DevOps governance and success.

1 “The State of Application Development 2017 Research Report: App Dev in the Age of Digital Transformation, Low-Code Platforms and Citizen Developers

2 . Forrester: 2018 US Tech Budget Outlook