Chip Kalfaian – InFocus Blog | Dell EMC Services https://infocus.dellemc.com DELL EMC Global Services Blog Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:38:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Moving Apps to the Most Effective Platform https://infocus.dellemc.com/chip_kalfaian/moving-apps-to-the-most-effective-platform/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/chip_kalfaian/moving-apps-to-the-most-effective-platform/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:00:25 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=35041 The future may look green, but the world we live in is brown. At least for IT where our biggest challenge is brown field. Reduce Costs and Optimize Your Portfolio The legacy portfolio and the technical debt it carries at best hampers our ability to innovate at a rate commensurate with what business demands. Put […]

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The future may look green, but the world we live in is brown. At least for IT where our biggest challenge is brown field.

Reduce Costs and Optimize Your Portfolio

The legacy portfolio and the technical debt it carries at best hampers our ability to innovate at a rate commensurate with what business demands. Put simply, digital transformation is imperative to survival and cannot succeed without ITs’ increasing speed and agility and achieved at least in part through decreasing cost and complexity.

No One Said It Would Be Easy!

Transformation is not easy. Broad-based change, as we all know, is met with fear, uncertainty and doubt. Digital transformation must be enabled through infrastructure and operating model changes and significant disruption to people, processes and technology. And we all know that “people” change is the most challenging of these three. But when managed holistically, a transformational program to optimize the application portfolio can be successful and yield significant financial benefit to the enterprise and, in doing so, enable greater investment in innovation for digital transformation.

Where to Begin?

Getting started is easy because the answers may be found in the business, the vision of the enterprise’s executives, and the realities of the current application portfolio. Understanding the vision is the first challenge but you only need to look across your industry, at what competitors are doing and who is succeeding and why to get a sense of direction. Further to this, executive vision establishes the priorities for which to shoot. The greater challenge is getting your arms around the application portfolio and determining how best to optimize it in terms of risk (technology and business), spend (OPEX and CAPEX), and agility.

Understanding the application portfolio begins with an inventory – in and of itself this may be elusive. Then answering questions like how important is each application, how is it used and what, if any, critical functions does it perform? Are there opportunities for consolidation? And fundamentally what is the appropriate investment strategy for each application? As the portfolio is better understood, the future state comes into focus and other questions are answered like is cloud right for my applications, what apps should be modernized and how, how to migrate applications at scale, how to identify and eliminate low value applications, how to effectively manage end-to-end optimization across organizational boundaries and others help to frame a strategic vision for the application portfolio and requirements for the supporting infrastructure and operating model.

Portfolio analysis can provide an effective blueprint to the future and identify how the portfolio may be optimized to achieve IT and business goals. As a result, backlogs of applications suitable for retirement, replatforming to cloud and modernization are identified as are prevalent design patterns. Design patterns then provide the pathways required for transformation which can be implemented and executed.

Where to Find ROI?

Each of these primary transformational pathways – retirement and archive, migration, and modernization – offers benefits and paints a different but important piece of the future canvas of IT. While it may be sensible to start small with a pilot or proof of concept, the quicker each is embraced as an ongoing transformational service and taken out of the lab, the more rapidly the transformational journey may progress.

Retirement and archive represents the low hanging fruit of portfolio optimization. With TCO reductions of better than 90% and the removal of risk from both IT and the business, it should be pursued aggressively, developed “as a service” and included in the life cycle management of applications.

Migration to cloud to decrease cost, improve service levels, and/or reliability, is challenging because it has the potential to decrease TCO for a portfolio by as much as 70-90%. When executed poorly, however, we have seen examples of companies spending 5X in the public cloud over their prior in-house TCO. There are many factors influencing this. But suffice to say, with proper tuning, management of cloud services and brokering, and careful design in terms of data egress/ingress, potential savings can be significant.

Modernization includes a number of pathways as well as technologies that needs to be considered. Again the portfolio will guide you. Platform as a Service provides a great opportunity to enable modern application development as well as introduce a reduced cost operating platform to reduce infrastructure TCO associated with applications. The benefits are many and fall into three areas:  operational, quality/reliability, and opportunity. For most, the greatest of these is the last, as “opportunity” through modern application development is in fact a primary enabler of digital transformation when executed correctly. The opportunity is for direct meaningful impact to the business while realizing 26-28% reduced TCO.

Summary

Across the three primary transformation pathways there are savings opportunities ranging from 26-96% on a per application basis and depending on which pathway is realized. Across a large enterprise this could represent 100’s of millions of dollars per year in savings. What’s critical is to get started, pilot change, build a transformation program and use today’s application portfolio as a starting point for understanding the future state.

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Portfolio Optimization by the Numbers https://infocus.dellemc.com/chip_kalfaian/portfolio-optimization-numbers/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/chip_kalfaian/portfolio-optimization-numbers/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:30:23 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=35113 In the fall of 2017, Microsoft, Pivotal and Dell EMC began a collaboration focused around enabling digital transformation through rapid adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry for the large enterprise. This collaboration brings together Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry (PCF) with Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack and Dell EMC’s consulting services. PCF is an effective platform as a […]

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In the fall of 2017, Microsoft, Pivotal and Dell EMC began a collaboration focused around enabling digital transformation through rapid adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry for the large enterprise. This collaboration brings together Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry (PCF) with Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack and Dell EMC’s consulting services. PCF is an effective platform as a service for modern application development and containerization. Microsoft’s Azure services, complimented by Azure Stack for on premises cloud computing, provides rapid scalability and seamless portability. Dell EMC Consulting Services wraps the solution with experience and know-how to scale PCF adoption across an enterprise, adopt DevOps practices, enable CI/CD pipelines and drive transformation globally on cloud platforms.

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Through our collaboration we’ve been able to share priorities, benefits and challenges faced and discuss how, together, we can offer customers a more complete and efficient approach to adoption and transformation across the enterprise.

At Dell Technologies World, on Wednesday May 2nd at noon (Pacific), representatives from each of the companies will join a panel discussion titled “Enterprise Digital Transformation: By The Numbers” facilitated by Kaushik Arunagiri, VP Americas Consulting Services, Dell EMC that will discuss the potential value of large scale transformational savings and entertain questions from the audience.

Panelists

Chip Kalfaian, Principal Consultant and Global Discipline Lead Application Portfolio Optimization, Dell EMC Consulting

Chip has led the global Application Portfolio Optimization team at Dell EMC for three years. During this time a lot has changed. Whereas three years ago it was sufficient to recommend public versus private cloud, today CIO’s are faced with a robust range of options for their future app dev and infrastructure needs. Chip is responsible for providing his customers with expert services enabled through diagnostic and analytical tools to help answer these questions and build financial models to support them. Chip is responsible for the global harmonization of application profiling services across Dell EMC and helps drive innovation of new solutions like the Application Modernization Strategy and Roadmap solution released this past February.

Claude Lorenson, Global Cloud Platform Channel Marketing, Microsoft

Claude Lorenson is a Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Azure Hybrid Marketing team as part of the Cloud + Enterprise group at Microsoft. Lorenson’ s current function is around the development of the IHVs and System Integrator partner eco-system to drive integration of the Microsoft Cloud Platform with new, innovative hardware solutions such as Azure Stack.

Lorenson holds a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from The Ohio State University and a Technology Management MBA from the University of Washington.

Michael Wood, Director Alliances, Pivotal

Starting out in the US Army, Michael jumped into a career focused on business and market changes through the proper leverage of technology, and, more specifically, software as a competitive differentiator. For the better part of 18 years, he has partnered with companies of all shapes and sizes as they have matured through generations of technical and organizational change. As a founding member of Pivotal, Michael has become immersed in not only the latest technical approaches to solve company challenges, but also the organizational and psychological incentives that drive innovation and success for the companies that he serves.


Join Kaushik Arunagri (Dell EMC, VP Americas Consulting Services) at Dell Technologies World on Wednesday, May 2 at 12 p.m. for the session Enterprise Digital Transformation: By The Numbers,” to learn why Enterprise adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry requires aggressive re-platforming of legacy applications and new thinking, behavior, tools and processes for your green field. Come meet our panel comprising of Dell, Microsoft, and Pivotal as we discuss how, through our alliance, we help bring significant ROI to large enterprise customers.

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How to Identify the Best Applications for your Converged Infrastructure [Infographic] https://infocus.dellemc.com/chip_kalfaian/identify-the-best-applications-for-your-converged-infrastructure-infographic/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/chip_kalfaian/identify-the-best-applications-for-your-converged-infrastructure-infographic/#comments Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:00:34 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=31732 There are two common issues that customers have to deal with after they decide on a converged infrastructure. One is to decide which applications to move to the new environment to get the most of their investment. The second is dealing with the long, drawn-out process that typical consultants, or their internal staff, have to […]

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There are two common issues that customers have to deal with after they decide on a converged infrastructure. One is to decide which applications to move to the new environment to get the most of their investment. The second is dealing with the long, drawn-out process that typical consultants, or their internal staff, have to go through to identify the right apps for converged infrastructure.

So you have your shiny, new converged infrastructure, now what?

You need to decide which applications will benefit the most from your new converged infrastructure. You probably don’t have any cycles to free up to do the long, manual analysis, so you ask the major consultants in the market for help. They come back to you with this big ticket proposal that is projected to take months. You can’t wait that long…you need to show some quick wins with associated ROI!

An Automated Option

You hear about this automated option that allows you to quickly identify the applications that are best suited for your converged infrastructure. You figure this is a typical marketing hype with lots of promises and little in the way of meaningful results. How can Dell EMC do this in a matter of weeks when everyone else, including your own internal IT team tells you that it will take months? You are skeptical.

The Methodology

Using proprietary automated tool, Dell EMC can perform the application profiling needed to identify the applications for your converged infrastructure. How do we begin? We start with the business classification where we ensure that applications are mapped to business activities in the value chain. We then leverage our rules engine to perform an application disposition where we identify the applications suited for modernization, migration, retiring or even simply retention. We then determine cloud sustainability and even whether a public or private cloud is the best model; we perform a cloud native assessment using non-intrusive data collection process to measure readiness for cloud native modernization. This is followed by a financial analysis to develop a comprehensive TCO understanding. Then application dependency analysis is completed, leveraging data from a variety of collectors to understand application to application dependencies to reduce rick associated with and moves or migrations by ensuring nothing gets broken along the way. Finally, a business case is generated where we provide the road map of which applications are best suited for converged infrastructure or other targets.

Time

In a matter of weeks, using a quarter of the resources others would need, you can unlock the business value of your converged infrastructure by optimizing your applications to maximize your return on investment and effectively grow your business.

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Why is Application Modernization So Compelling? https://infocus.dellemc.com/chip_kalfaian/application-modernization-compelling/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/chip_kalfaian/application-modernization-compelling/#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:00:55 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=31075 There are 2 key drivers behind application modernization: Reducing Cost & Complexity Increasing Speed & Agility In order to achieve your organizations business goals we will recommend a series of actions based on the real world experience of helping many customers modernize their application portfolio and adopt an agile approach to rapid cloud native application […]

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There are 2 key drivers behind application modernization:

  • Reducing Cost & Complexity
  • Increasing Speed & Agility

In order to achieve your organizations business goals we will recommend a series of actions based on the real world experience of helping many customers modernize their application portfolio and adopt an agile approach to rapid cloud native application delivery.

Multi-cloud Strategy

Do you have control over your application portfolio and can you quickly identify those applications which are the most important to move to a cloud native solution?  Do you know how you should evaluate those workloads to take advantage of all that cloud has to offer?  Which workloads are appropriate to move based on business requirements and do you have the right cloud options to provide to your business?  We have some proven ideas on how to develop a comprehensive multi-cloud strategy based on your unique business needs, current state of technology, industry drivers, and your organizations financial plan.  Developing a shared vision will allow you to establish a foundation upon which you will be able to drive your organization to new heights. You will build a shared vision with a combination of a top-down approach driven from your business Leadership team, for the “WHAT” – which defines outcomes; sets enterprises standards to maintain quality and provide a consistent work environment across the enterprise.  This is augmented through a highly automated and comprehensive bottom-up approach reflecting the state and requirements of IT for the “HOW” – which determines the best approach for achieving the standards defined at the enterprise level.

You can start small with one set of applications and then scale with confidence. Using a series of key questions that help you determine the best disposition for each application, you will validate and build backlogs for your clouds utilizing an aggressive, lean profiling model.

Build Cloud Native Applications

Drive cloud native adoption by replatforming and rewriting the “right” applications and we will help define how best to identify them.  We will help you determine whether your old app is ready for cloud native, and if so we will discuss how you can adapt those applications to take advantage of all that Cloud Native offers. We’ll discuss how we apply an automated approach for performing a 12 factor analysis of your applications.

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We will talk you thru the assessment logic and methods that are utilized to perform this analysis in less time and using fewer resources than others in the marketplace.  This
reduction in time to value, will allow you to compete with startups in your field and move ahead of incumbents in your space.

 

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