Integrating complex application landscapes through cloudification
Companies of all sizes are burdened with a complex IT landscape that has grown over the years. Some companies operate several thousand applications that are linked together in some way. How they are linked together is not always known. The motto “Never change a running system” or simply “Close your eyes and get on with it” therefore frequently applies.
Shadow IT in specialist departments
At the same time, specialist departments are increasing the pressure on IT. New solutions need to be made available more and more quickly – for competitive prices. Otherwise, shadow IT becomes widespread. Analysts at Forrester discovered that almost half of staff now use their very own personal technology. “Evidently, employees do this because they find the procurement processes of IT departments too slow or because their needs are not met owing to a lack of resources in the company,” said the analysts.
No digital transformation without the cloud
“Cloudification – converting IT architecture to incorporate cloud-based solutions – is the key to successful business digitization.”René Büst, Senior Analyst Crisp Research
But how can a company cope with the digital transformation if the IT department is preoccupied with keeping the existing application landscape running? Because of this, there is a lack of human and financial resources. Unfortunately, “pulling the plug” and simply reestablishing everything in the cloud is not an option.
“Many questions regarding IT and data security and the integration of cloud services into the existing infrastructure remain unanswered,” said the authors of the Cloud Readiness Study published by IDG. To date, few companies have implemented standardized procedures to check how a cloud solution could be integrated into the existing architecture and IT infrastructure.
Promoting digitization with the Cloudifier
Two thirds of IT can be cloudified
T-Systems’ transformation projects show that companies could “cloudify” around two thirds of their applications, i.e. transfer them to the cloud and integrate them there.
Once IT systems are in the cloud, their stability and efficiency improve while the costs are reduced. The Cloudifier transformation process starts with a fixed-price assessment which records and assesses all applications as regards their age, CPU load and data consumption, interfaces to other applications and IT services and even development and test environments. The Cloudifier from T-Systems offers three standardized transformation services for transferring systems to the cloud: for SAP, for Applications and for Communication & Collaboration. The industrialized services ensure that all application data are transferred to the cloud securely. The result: an IT landscape which is cleaned up, standardized and secure.