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Made with IBM Keynote #IBMIMPACT 2014

Marie Wieck came back to discuss how to create the kind of composable business  IBM discussed on day 1. It’s critical, she says, to keep customers at the center and drive a new process from this. It’s key to use data to make better decisions, and it’s important to have the kind of scalable infrastructure you need to make this scale and deploy effectively.

Once again the focus is on IBM customers and HH Gregg came on stage to talk about their journey. As a regional retailer they need to need to differentiate themselves. In particular they have focused on providing a “friction free” shopping experience on every channel. They have historically invested in training for their staff and have tried to bring this kind of personalized service to their mobile strategy.  They determined that it was not enough to “mobilize” their existing interface, it had to reflect the different form factor and interaction patterns. Mobile had to lead not jus

4 reminders about legacy modernization

Legacy systems remain critical to many (most) organizations and so legacy modernization is still a hot topic (which is why we have a webinar on legacy modernization coming up with our partner TechBlue). With that in mind, as at is has been a while since I blogged on this topic, I thought I would share a few thoughts. First, this week, four key reminders when modernizing legacy applications:

  1. You don’t need to modernize the whole application
    Often you can dramatically improve a legacy application by modernizing just part of it. Many pieces of legacy applications work just fine and have few, if any, change requests pending. Maintaining these pieces as legacy code is not expensive and replacing it all would be high risk so why not leave it alone while focusing on the pieces that don’t work well, especially the pieces that have high maintenance costs.