Introducing the modern application platform

Looking for a group of technologies that will give your organization the power to transform itself for the future?

You’re imagining the modern application platform.

While software is disrupting entire industries, the biggest changes are coming not from applications, but from this platform and the dynamic integration of the technologies that power it. These include APIs, virtualization and open source software.

To be sure, software applications are powerful. But the modern application platform is even more powerful. It can launch apps into a low-cost, highly scalable delivery vehicle. Organizations that harness these platforms can create new services, unlock data from older applications and transform their business.

Whether your organization seeks to protect itself against disruptive startups or is itself a would-be disruptor, the modern application platform represents your best path forward.

Today, older enterprise applications remain commonplace at many organizations. The goal is not for wholesale replacement, but to instead open these older applications and make their data — and its value — accessible. A services approach to this task is both more affordable and less risky than trying to replace the older applications.

And the best way to unlock the full value of information held by these legacy applications is to leverage a modern application platform. This platform typically comprises one or more of these five technologies:

  • Virtualization and Containers: These are scalable resources that make it easy to create loosely coupled components for application composition. They’re true game-changers, empowering organizations to quickly move and scale services, without big overhead costs.
  • X as a Service (XaaS): Let X stand for software, platform, infrastructure, storage or any number of other technologies. Then let this pay-for-use approach to infrastructure and applications offer your organization affordable options that can be metered, cataloged and advertised. Also, your organization can use these services within its own applications, creating new services while paying only for what’s actually used.
  • Application Programming Interfaces (APIs): Services based on APIs can enable your organization to combine information from older back-end applications in new and powerful ways, creating what’s known as the API Economy. APIs also support loose coupling for improved agility, sharing and decision-making.
  • Data Services: These services offer organizations access to the massive quantities of information they already hold, both in storage and databases. Data services also lower operational risk by providing options for geographical redundancy.
  • Open Source Projects: These are software applications created, supported and maintained by virtual armies of volunteers around the world. Literally thousands of open source programs are available, providing a wealth of services at low (or even no) cost.

If this list looks familiar, there’s a good reason. This is the same collection of technologies that startups have used to disrupt entire industries. The good news is that now, the organizations they’ve disrupted can fight back with the same weapons, creating cloud-based, pay-for-use services easily and at low cost.

Imagine the modern application platform as the new business model for today’s new era. Now imagine how it can help your organization.

Read more in the white paper, Digital Applications: The Key to Releasing Your Business’s Full Potential.

Rick Wilhelm is vice president of development and delivery for global insurance at DXC. Rick is responsible for product engineering, customer delivery, and Business Process Services technology for DXC’s insurance products and services. Rick and his globally distributed team are using agile and DevOps practices to transition the insurance portfolio to cloud-based, as-a-service delivery models.

JP Morgenthal, a distinguished engineer, has been delivering IT services to business leaders for the past 30 years. He is a recognized thought leader in applying emerging technology for business growth and innovation. JP’s strengths center around transformation and modernization processes that leverage next-generation platforms and technologies. He has held technical executive roles in multiple businesses, including chief technology officer, chief architect and founder/chief executive officer. Areas of expertise for JP include strategy, architecture, application development, infrastructure and operations, cloud computing, DevOps, and integration. JP is a published author with four trade publications. Most recently, he is a co-author of “Cloud Computing: Assessing the Risks.”



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