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Take a New Look at Transforming Your Legacy Application Portfolio

Scott Bils By Scott Bils Americas Application and Big Data Transformation Practice Lead April 19, 2016

New threats presented by digital disruption as well as ongoing cost reduction pressures are causing many organizations to take a new look at their legacy application portfolio. Determining how to address technical debt and transform legacy applications requires Applications teams to address several big questions including:

  • Which applications should we rewrite for cloud native or microservice architectures?
  • What opportunities are presented by containers as well as structured and unstructured PaaS platforms?
  • Which applications should we replatform or migrate to cloud infrastructure models?

Getting to the right answer isn’t easy. Legacy portfolios are highly complex and interdependent, and often are based on a variety of platforms. In many cases ‘tribal knowledge’ about many key applications has been lost due to employee attrition and ineffective IT management processes. And the issues facing global enterprises seeking to transform large portfolios at scale are even more daunting.

Despite these challenges, there are several key steps that organizations can take to ensure their portfolio transformation program is high impact and drives rapid business value.  Successful large-scale portfolio transformation programs we’ve seen tend to have similar approaches that focus on:

  • Identifying sources of business value from modernization
  • Designing an agile approach to transformation to drive short term impact
  • Leveraging tools and automation to create an evergreen process

EMC Global Services brings a unique set of skills, experience and tools to help even the largest enterprise transform and modernize their application portfolios. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you at EMC World and exploring how we can help.

Scott Bils

About Scott Bils


Americas Application and Big Data Transformation Practice Lead

Scott is a Senior Director in the Dell EMC Global Consulting Services organization. In his role leading the Americas Applications and Big Data Transformation Practice he is responsible for services in the areas of Cloud Native Applications, DevOps, Big Data, Application Profiling, Application Retirement and Digital Workplace. Scott blogs and speaks frequently on the topics of application, cloud and ITaaS transformation.

Prior to Dell EMC Scott co-founded a leading boutique consultancy focused on helping large enterprises and service providers navigate the issues associated with cloud and ITaaS transformation. Scott was also the Founding CEO at Conformity, a venture-backed provider of the first enterprise-class management and governance platform for cloud applications. Prior to Conformity Scott held senior executive roles at Scalable Software and Troux Technologies, and also worked at McKinsey and Co. and Accenture.

Scott holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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One thought on “Take a New Look at Transforming Your Legacy Application Portfolio

  1. Its so hard in this global services industry to write anything new. Look at the article above. This could have been written 10 years ago or 10 years from now. Nothing would have changed in this article, except may be reference to some new tech fad. Service guys find it hard to say something new every time and therefore, must rely on technology changes. Think about it if you remove PaaS and microservices from it, you could write this in 1980 talking about mainframe application modernization.