‘Digital Transformation’ is not a thing. It’s a journey. You need a vision of where you want to be, and what outcomes you want to achieve as a business (for your people and your customers).
Which is why you need to bring in explorers, detectives and futurists. The explorers intrepidly cut through the complex forests and jungles of legacy systems, some of which aren’t even used anymore. They map your organization (finding islands that you thought were lost!) and work out what you have and where it is. Then the detectives need to find out what applications are working, which are dormant, and which are hindering your organization’s ability to be agile. They decipher which language the apps are written in, where they’re hosted, who is using them, how often they are used and whether they’re effective – or even necessary.
Meanwhile, the futurist is doing the most important task: helping you work out the vision of the future. Your future. How your employees want to work so they’re more productive (and happier), and how your customers feel more engaged and satisfied with what they buy from you. The vision of where you want to be is vital. When you set-off on your digital transformation journey you must define your destination. Work out what optimal processes look like – what success looks (and feels) like – and then work to link your applications to every level of the business so everything works cohesively.
The information that the explorers and detectives collate adds up to Application Modernization Analytics. The intelligence then informs how you take the journey. And it’s not an all-or-nothing process. You can find specific areas to start the journey and track its success. Achieve a few quick-wins; prove that you’re on the right track; and then modify your route. So, that might mean migrating the application from the legacy environment to a modern language so it can work in the cloud, or using enterprise applications, e.g. Oracle, SAP or Salesforce if you no longer need to build bespoke applications. Now, you can turn services on or off, or scale them in real-time to match demand. The old applications can be removed. In other areas, you might just need to modify what you already have. Through the strategic use of automation we aim to reduce the time required to get to tangible results.
So, where do you find these explorers, detectives and futurists? Well, Fujitsu combines all their skills into one experienced and broad Application Modernization Analytics team. We’ve experienced just about every challenge you can think of, and worked with organizations at all stages of their journey. We focus on the big, very human-centric picture. We’re not just about cutting costs or reducing tickets generated by problems; we’re focused on making your people more efficient and productive so that you can stay ahead of the competition.
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