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Modernizing Your Enterprise

IBM has business-value-driven solutions to improve application and employee productivity

IBM has business-value-driven solutions to improve application and employee productivity

Given economic conditions and tight budgets, every efficiency an enterprise squeezes out of operations can make a big difference in its capability to compete and position for growth as marketplace conditions improve. One hurdle can be the complex, disjointed layers of technology and information assets spread across the organization. These layers were built up as a result of evolving technology, mergers and acquisitions. Although the millions of lines of code they represent are the lifeblood of everyday operations, the systems are rife with challenges. Their flexibility is typically limited and the cost of maintaining them absorbs much of the IT budget—leaving too little for innovation.

To continually improve your capability to respond to customer demands, marketplace pressures and new business opportunities, you have to do something. So what’s the best bet for getting more from your IT investments? Modernization.

Rethinking Modernization

For many, enterprise modernization means the same thing as legacy modernization and the term also is often associated with significant investment. The relative costs and benefits of modernization initiatives all come down to the approach.

IBM’s approach to modernization is about helping organizations lower maintenance costs and extend the life of all of their systems so they can improve efficiency and responsiveness. Recognizing the historic shortcomings of modernization efforts focused on applications alone, IBM takes a holistic, incremental approach that’s designed to overcome the key challenges such as:

  • High application-maintenance costs
  • Poor alignment between the IT strategy and the business strategy
  • Inflexible, aging and poorly inte-grated IT systems
  • The inability to maintain a high-performing IT workforce
  • The lack of collaboration among different development teams

Saleem Padani has 23-plus years of technology and business experience in product and application development, enterprise architecture, service delivery and solution marketing. Currently, he is responsible for overall go-to-market strategy and execution for Rational* enterprise-modernization solutions and services offerings.


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