Enterprise Evolution | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS I
Frequently Asked Questions I
What is systems modernization?
Systems modernization is a series of tool-enabled disciplines that facilitate the understanding,
improvement, migration, reuse and/or transformation of existing software systems. Modernization
decomposes into three major phases that include assessment, remediation and transformation.
Because modernization breaks down into phases, organizations can readily apply selected
modernization disciplines to a wide variety of projects. The one commonality of any modernization
project is that there are one or more existing software systems and/or data structures that are of
value to the organization and targeted for some type of change ranging anywhere from a
maintenance project to full-scale replacement.
Does modernization nullify or augment alternative solutions?
While modernization can serve as an alternative to Greenfield replacement or package deployment,
it can also serve to augment these and a variety of other IT initiatives. Greenfield replacement and
package deployments both require an understanding and, in many cases, the reuse and retooling of
existing systems. As a result, modernization provides a means for understanding, decomposing,
selectively reusing and integrating existing systems within the context of Greenfield and package
deployment initiatives. When modernization disciplines are coupled with traditional approaches, it
streamlines efforts to define requirements and deliver business value to the user community.
What business value does modernization deliver?
Business units are streamlining, consolidating and automating business processes on an ongoing
basis. As this occurs, automated systems must adapt. Middleware-based integration has not
addressed business process retooling requirements because back-end applications and data
structures remain poorly aligned, redundant and segregated into functional silos. Modernizati