Author: Nadeem Akhter

Why December Should Be All About Legacy Modernization for IT

December is a stressful time for most working teams; sales, for example, may be working ’round the clock to close year-end deals while marketing may be collaborating on a huge campaign for a New Year’s product launch. While some departments are under the gun, this is usually not an impactful business time for IT. While they too might have staff members out, it’s otherwise a remarkably good time of year to focus on identifying strong, profitable business goals for the coming year. One IT goal that will align with most companies’ top business priorities is legacy modernization, since this...

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Why Do Some Legacy Modernization Projects Fail?

IT companies are well aware of the value of modernizing their legacy technology systems—and they’re also aware of the challenges they face if they choose not to. As was stated in a recent Forrester study: “Modernize now or suffer the consequences.” According to Forrester, IT leaders reported that their mainframe applications and systems prevent them from achieving the following initiatives: Integrating existing business applications with mobile applications Deploying existing applications to private, public or hybrid clouds Measuring business intelligence activity against data from Web apps, social media, mobile apps and back-end transactions If you know you need to modernize...

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How to Build Your Legacy Modernization Project Team: Start With Three Key Players

You’ve finally decided to take the leap toward legacy modernization—a move that will undoubtedly save your company time and money down the road. We applaud you for taking the first step, but now comes the hard part: strategizing. In creating a foundation for your project, the very first brick to lay should be the team that leads the project. So, who exactly is fit to spearhead a legacy modernization project? For project success from start to finish, we recommend that the following three players be brought on to oversee your modernization venture: Senior leader: This nontechnical decision maker should...

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Why Legacy Modernization Isn’t as Scary as You Think

Why are so many companies afraid of legacy modernization? There are plenty of trappings surrounding this Halloween that will make you shriek (spiders and chainsaws, anyone?) but the thought of modernizing your legacy systems shouldn’t be one of them—at least not if you’re supported by the right people and technology. You could counter that there are risks associated with modernization efforts, and you would be right. IT decision makers worry about such things as business interruptions and the expenses of a lengthy migration process; however, these frightening challenges tend to occur most often in-house where resources are sparse and...

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Legacy Modernization—Why It’s Time to Take the Leap

Research from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates that over 75 percent of the nation’s IT budget is spent on maintaining legacy systems and programs. That’s over $60 billion being allocated toward archaic, expensive, time-consuming systems that fail to properly drive core business processes. So, why do so many companies remain complacent in maintaining legacy systems? The cost, time and know-how of a modernization project are all top-of-mind concerns; however, the fact remains that today’s business processes are being driven by rapid technological advancements, meaning businesses cannot afford to remain tethered to traditional, inflexible systems any longer. Bottom...

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Performance Optimization: Locking

by Muhamad Nadeem Akhter In this post I’ll try to share some easier ways to fix blocking issues. How did I know there were blocking issues? I ran a sp_lock stored procedure and found that there were some page locks. The issue was caused by an update. What happened was the SQL server decided to apply the lock on page level instead of row level. In our case, we wanted to use row level locking and tell SQL server not to apply page level locks. To apply row level locking, we need to use (rowlock) hint to the update...

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