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Challenges and Success Factors in Application Modernization Engagements

Abstract

Introduction

Here we explore the various challenges both vendors and enterprises face in application modernization projects and specific factors and strategies that have led to overcoming these obstacles and successful engagements.

Highlights

Enterprises must acknowledge that modernization is not easy and may impact existing processes significantly.

Features Benefits

  • See Ovum's checklist for enterprises investigating potential application modernization vendors
  • Understand various risks and challenges in modernization

Questions Answers

  • What are the common challenges that arise during modernization projects?
  • What are successful strategies for overcoming modernization challenges?
  • What should enterprises considering application modernization look for in vendors?

Table of Contents

Headings

SUMMARY

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

STAKEHOLDERS

  • Challenge: defining end goals
  • Challenge: internal readiness
  • Involve relevant stakeholders
  • Rationalization

RISKY BUSINESS

  • Challenge: it's a hard, sometimes risky, process
    • Risks in modernization
  • Define a future by understanding the present
  • Plan a detailed roadmap

ENTERPRISE COMMITMENT

  • Modernization is not a one-time deal
    • Enterprises need to commit to partnerships

CHOOSING A SERVICE PROVIDER

  • The checklist

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Find partners with industry-specific expertise
  • Set realistic plans and expectations
  • Enterprises must realize that modernization is as political as it is technical

APPENDIX

  • Further reading
  • Methodology
  • Author
  • Ovum Consulting
  • Disclaimer

Figures

  • Figure 1: Checklist for potential application modernization vendors
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