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

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