“In making all of these elements work together, HP, Oracle and Intel offer a complete, integrated modernization roadmap,” says Sumanth Tarigopula, Director of HP Modernization Services. “We call it the ‘integrated stack.’ Risk is removed because our testing and validation have been done ahead of time, rather than at the customer site.”
In BART’s case, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise software provided a quick return on modernization, meeting most of BART’s 2600 software requirements ‘out-of-the-box,’ with minimal customization. BART chose to support the software with an infrastructure based on HP Integrity servers.
“We like the architecture and future roadmap of HP Integrity servers, Intel Itanium 2 processors, and the HP-UX 11i operating system,” says Robin Cody, BART’s Department Manager of Information Technology. “They will provide us with more capacity, scalability and unlimited growth potential. They have allowed us to bring in applications that couldn’t run on a mainframe and rebuild BART’s business.”
A step-by-step approach
Customers considering modernization often find the scale of the work intimidating. That’s why the AMI team sits down with each customer to work out which part of the business will benefit the most.
AMI offers five approaches to modernization, based on the unique requirements not only of each customer, but of each system. Modernization may mean replacing a legacy application with a standardized one. Or perhaps it’s time to simply retire the application, because it just isn’t being used or is redundant.
The third option is re-hosting: here hardware is identified as the performance barrier, and the application is moved to a more efficient infrastructure. The fourth approach is to re-engineer a failing application to perform as required. Lastly, legacy apps can be retained while other priorities are addressed.
This strategy helps to break modernization down into simpler procedures, and the synergy contributed by the AMI partners working together makes the process faster and more effective.
“Customers who know they need to modernize often hold back because they’re not sure how to move forward,” Pickett says. “That’s why it’s such a good idea to combine HP’s infrastructure and services with Oracle’s enterprise capabilities and the processing power of Intel. It gives the customer a broad range of infrastructure, tools and services, and that breadth frees the team to focus on what the customer needs.”
*“Pressure Point Index Pulse: Applications Modernisation,” Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, January 2008.