Today’s IT executives are managing very complex environments that contain a large variety of platforms and technologies – many of which are past their expected life, beyond vendor support and slowing down the business with the costs to maintain/support/change. The key to reducing costs and improving application change delivery (through enhancements, new product support, and new features and options) is simplifying the IT landscape and finding the most cost-effective operating environment. Recent estimates suggest that the typical IT budget is 80 percent “keeping the lights on” (support) and 20 percent new business (what the business wants), with support costs increasing.
Many organizations are looking to application/system modernization as the solution to these challenges. These initiatives include migrating mainframe systems to distributed operating systems (including cloud), software package replacements, re-writes, database conversions and new front-ends (Web, portal, graphical user interface).
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