Archive for Application Modernization

The Application Modernization discussion is taking hold - TechTarget interview

June 24 2015

Back in February, I was contacted online by a journalist after she found some of my writings on this blog and my slides on Slideshare around Application Modernization. Crystal Bedell and I had a great conversation and I proceeded to completely forget the discussion. :-) Low and behold she published her research on June 2nd, 2015 in a great TechTarget article discussing application modernization. Crystal did a wonderful job talking to a customer, an analyst, and a service provider in myself. I won't paste the entire article into this blog entry, you can read it here. But here are some of my thoughts: Eighty percent of legacy application modernization projects today are just migration, according to John David Head, director of enterprise collaboration, PSC Group, a technical and business consultancy largely focused on software modernization. He said PSC sees businesses that have a legacy platform that's problematic -- in costs, performance, etc. -- and they are not looking to vendor upd

Intuit Quickbase #Empower2015 FINISH STRONG - SUCCESSFULLLY ROLLING OUT YOUR KILLER APP

May 28 2015

My coworker Ken Lamey and I delivered our session at Intuit Quickbase Empower 2015 this morning. You can find the slides below: Session abstract: You have built that killer application that perfectly meets the demands of your business users. Now what? Now is the time to finish strong and plan for a successful rollout. In this session, the PSC team will equip you with information and guidance to successfully roll out your application for maximum benefit. You'll walk away with the skills to develop a strong communication plan, improve user adoption, gather user feedback, train users, and track their usage throughout the rollout.

John Speaks 2015: Intuit Quickbase Empower - Finish strong – Successfully Rolling Out Your Killer App

May 4 2015

I am super excited about PSC's participation at Intuit QuickBase Empower 2015 - the first conference around the QuickBase product, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago May 26th through 28th, 2015. PSC is one of the Gold Sponsors, with a booth in the product showcase. You can also find out more about our involved with Quickbase when I present with my coworker Ken Lamey on Thursday, May 28th at 9 AM. Our session details: Finish strong – Successfully Rolling Out Your Killer App You have built that killer application that perfectly meets the demands of your business users. Now what? Now is the time to finish strong and plan for a successful rollout. In this session, the PSC team will equip you with information and guidance to successfully roll out your application for maximum benefit. You'll walk away with the skills to develop a strong communication plan, improve user adoption, gather user feedback, train users, and track their usage throughout the rollout. You can read more about our ses

IBM Whitepaper- Notes and Domino Applications: A road map for modernization using XPages

January 22 2015

As a follow-up to the "Collaborative and business applications for the connected company" white paper I posted earlier this month, IBM has published a follow-up white paper that focuses specifically on application modernization with Notes and Domino applications to XPages. John Roling and I teamed up on this to cover application modernization methodology and a customer story that highlights the power of XPages. You can download it here.

I co-authored an IBM Whitepaper - Collaborative and business applications for the connected company

January 5 2015

I co-authored an IBM Whitepaper titled "Collaborative and business applications for the connected company" and it is available for download today. Here is the description: This paper outlines the continued application development value of refreshed platforms like IBM Domino and IBM XPages technology, while also looking at how they take advantage of newer innovations, including: IBM Worklight Platform, IBM Connections and its open APIs, cloud innovations and more. It's a good overview on the application development options in the IBM collaboration software stack. I wrote it with a few great IBM Authors that are not named (but you know them). It's the first of two whitepapers. This one is more general. The second one, coming later this month, will cover application modernization at a deeper level. It will also include a detailed customer vision from one of my good friends and colleges - John Roling. More on that in a few weeks. I am also proud that IBM agreed to dedicate this white

MWLUG 2014: BP110: The Mobile Distruption - Why XPages Development is targeting Mobile First

August 28 2014

BP110: The Mobile Distruption - Why XPages Development is targeting Mobile First from John Head

IBM Connect 2014: AD502: The Mobile Disruption: Why XPages Development is Targeting Mobile First

February 3 2014

Speaking at Connect 2014 on brand new content!

November 19 2013

I am once again honored to have the privilege to speak at IBM Connect 2014. I am speaking with John Beck, Business Unit Executive, IBM, but this year we decided to start fresh. Our topic is "he Mobile Disruption - Why XPages Development is Targeting Mobile First." This is an executive / strategy focused session on how mobile is becoming the primary development platform choice. We will look at this topic from the perspective of an XPages platform, but expect IBM MobileFirst, IBM Worklight, and IBM Websphere technologies to show up in the presentation. See everyone in Orlando in January!

Application Modernization with XPages on YouTube

November 11 2013

The section of the IBM Connect 2014 session "AD214: What's Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes and Domino" that is my section has been posted to Youtube via Social Business User Group. Check it out here:

MWLUG 2013: What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap For Socializing IBM Notes and Domino

August 22 2013

Some organizations neglect or under-utilize one of the greatest IT assets in their portfolio - the line of business application. Most were built 10+ years ago with no Web, mobile, or social. This session describes the application revolution taking place, covering the options and best practices required for success. Migration and new development will be compared and contrasted. Real-world data will demonstrate the positive potential return on investment. We will discuss PSC's Application Modernization Center and how it helps move customers from merely maintaining Notes applications to increasing their value with XPages. If your organization is considering a migration or an XPages solution for your Notes/Domino investments, this session is for you! What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap For Socializing IBM Notes and Domino from John Head

My #IamLUG 2013 Presentation - What’s Next - Application Modernization Roadmap For Socializing IBM Notes and Domino

May 8 2013

Attached is the presentation that John Beck of IBM and I gave at IamLUG 2013 yesterday: http://www.slideshare.net/johnhead/whats-next-application-modernization-roadmap-for-socializing-ibm-notes-and-domino Some organizations neglect or under-utilize one of the greatest IT assets in their portfolio - the line of business application. Most were built 10+ years ago with no Web, mobile, or social. This session describes the application revolution taking place, covering the options and best practices required for success. Migration and new development will be compared and contrasted. Real-world data will demonstrate the positive potential return on investment. We will discuss PSC's Application Modernization Center and how it helps move customers from merely maintaining Notes applications to increasing their value with XPages. If your organization is considering a migration or an XPages solution for your Notes/Domino investments, this session is for you! For those of you that have seen

Application Modernization vs. Migration : When Apples to Apples doesn’t make sense

April 4 2013

As the second calendar quota of 2013 has begun, I wanted to start a series of blog entries to talk about my day to day efforts and where I am having success and failures. I think the idea of application modernization is appealing to many, but there is not enough discussion for people to know what it means. Hopefully through this discussion that can change. As I talk with customers about projects, there is a lot of discussion around 'modernizing our applications.' For those of you that know me and have heard me speak, this is a topic right up my alley. Almost every customer has applications that are years old. How many years varies, but let's call them from 5 to 20 years old. These applications still run. They still perform the business function they were built for. They get tweaked here and there, but for the most part, they are left alone. IT organizations focus on new OS, ERP, CRM, and HR systems. Line of business applications are left to run as they are. As organizations begin to

#IBMConnect AD214 What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes & Domino

February 4 2013

Attached are the slides for the session that John Beck and I gave at IBM Connect 2013. AD214 What's Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes & Domino from John Head

MWLUG 2012 - SB103: IBM Lotus Notes/Domino App. Dev. Competitive Advantage: The Social Business Edition

August 21 2012

Attached are the slides that John Beck and I gave at MWLUG 2012 IBM Lotus Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage : The Social Business Edition (MWLUG Edition) from John Head

@IamLUG 2011 - The Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage

August 1 2011

This is the session that David Via and I gave this morning at IamLUG 2011 The Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage - IamLUGView more presentations from John Head. "Some organizations are neglecting or under-utilizing one of the greatest IT assets in their portfolio today - the Notes/Domino application platform. Some are even considering re-coding Domino applications in other languages and development tools. In this session we present the business case and technical merits of Notes and Domino in direct comparison to other tools such as Microsoft SharePoint. Based on data collected from real-world engagements we will demonstrate the positive return on investment of the Notes platform. We will also discuss PSC’s “Application Modernization” strategy and how it helps move customers from merely maintaining Notes applications to increasing their value with XPages and advanced collaboration functionality."

Application Modernization is not about Rip and Replace - It’s about building on top of what exists today

February 22 2011

In my blog entry After all these years of saying "Applications too!" when talking about Notes & Domino, this is the time to focus on apps!, Wayne macKirdy made this comment: At the same time, a large percentage of our work force is still in the brick and mortar HQ. And all the pretty little toys that the field force is working with are not available, and not needed. And here's the rub...the HQ and the field MUST exchange information to get the job done. Too many "toy" manufacturers are driving the enterprise, and leaving a lot of folks behind! I am not sure if Wayne thinks I agree or disagree with him based on my slides and post, but for the record, I think the foundation of the Application Modernization movement is about taking what applications you have and adding to them. I am not advocating a rip and replace strategy in any manner. In the Notes & Domino World, this starts with XPages. Why? Because you can keep your business logic and existing application interfaces in plac

After all these years of saying "Applications too!" when talking about Notes & Domino, this is the time to focus on apps!

February 18 2011

Earlier this week, I presented on the top of Application Modernization with David Via of IBM. One of the first slides that I presented was the following This slide has generated a few comments and discussion, so I wanted to expand my thoughts on what the slide says. I truly believe that we are at a crossroads around applications. Take any specific vendor out of the conversation for a moment, but we are seeing a coverage of a number of issues. First, email is becoming as much a commodity as productivity software. Two years ago, we heard IBM introduce Lotus Symphony for free because productivity software was not only expected software, but feature saturation had hit and it was time to remove the financial burden of maintaining the licenses. At the same time, we saw Google push hard with Goolge Docs. OpenOffice.org has mad a real dent in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia in various forms. We have also watched many users abandon the preferred IT platform to use their preferred

IdoSphere: Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage

February 15 2011

Domino app dev competitive advantage finalView more presentations from John Head. This is the presentation that David Via of IBM and myself gave today.