Episode 2: Mastering modern applications for a modern enterprise


It’s clear that application modernization is an essential initiative: 38% of respondents to Foundry’s 2023 State of the CIO survey say application modernization will drive an increase in tech budgets this year.

And with good reason: benefits includes improved productivity, reduced costs and technical debt, improved business agility, better scalability, new revenue streams, and enhanced security. Modern applications can also help businesses pivot quickly to both support the business and facilitate its evolution.

But with the growing use of interconnected platforms, the increasing complexity of IT infrastructure, and the lack of IT resources, many tech leaders struggle to develop a successful application modernization strategy.

Solving this puzzle starts by defining a modern application, and what it should do. “At the risk of sounding just a little cheeky, I would define a modern application the same way I would define any application,” says Firas Bouz, Vice President, Solutioning and Go to Market at Kyndryl. “In my mind, for an application to be modern, it needs two things. It needs to be cost efficient, it needs to be secure, and it needs to deliver on the functional and non-functional requirements that are important to the business. In other words, it needs to deliver on what it was designed to do.”

“And second, it needs to help the business be in a posture where it can pivot quickly,” he continues. “In other words, a modern app is one that's built to support the business and also to facilitate its evolution.”

The application landscape is continually renewing itself, as tech changes and innovation is created, says Sam McConnell, Vice President and Distinguished Engineer for Kyndryl Consult. “Let's start with cloud computing. We all know that cloud has been a game changer for developers over the past decade, because it provides a very scalable and flexible infrastructure for building and deploying applications very quickly and efficiently.”

Containers and serverless computing have accelerated the way applications are developed, deployed, and managed, McConnell notes, and microservices and mesh architectures help developers break down complex applications into smaller independent services that can be deployed separately. At the end of the day, this means businesses can innovate more quickly to achieve their desired outcomes in a very fast and efficient way.

Listen in to hear Bouz and McConnell’s perspectives on how customers are addressing these challenges, how enterprises can prioritize application modernization, and what the future holds.

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