Addressing legacy inflexibility: focusing on products and business needs to drive IT simplification

Addressing legacy inflexibility: focusing on products and business needs to drive IT simplification
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19 September 2013
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business, Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
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To develop the necessary focus on architectures, organizations need to map changes in the business to those in IT. The business/IT engagement model must be updated to exploit a simpler, standardized set of components across both domains. To do so, organizations must perform a ‘root-and-branch’ review of the products and services provided by the business, the value they generate, and the infrastructure that is used to deliver them. The review should reveal the organizations’ challenges and the best architectural models to address them.

The report lists five major steps in a thorough review:

  • Product Cost Transparency. The first step is to examine the expected relevance and relative costs of the products and services in the business’s portfolio of offerings. Having an understanding of the relative costs and future relevance of all products can support a strong business case for replatforming. This understanding enables the business to address obsolete products and paves the way for renewal of the IT and product architecture to support growth.
  • Step Up New Platform. Having identified the current profitable, active products and services and their IT requirements, the business creates a new platform to support them.
  • Transition Products to New Platform. Move IT processing support from a legacy set of components to a strategic set, and transitions its portfolio of active products and services to the new IT platform.
  • Close Unprofitable Products. Eliminate unprofitable products and services.
  • Transition Current Platform or Remaining Products. Transition your current platforms or remaining products and services to a replatformed operation to support the legacy requirements for as long as necessary.

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