HP has put forward a small robot it says can dramatically speed up construction work, by autonomously printing guidelines straight from the blueprints onto the floor. Rugged, roadworthy and extremely accurate, Siteprint is a super-quick layout tool.
The robot replaces the time-consuming manual process of site layout, using a variety of different inks to place precise lines, exact curves and faithful reproductions of complex shapes on all kinds of floors, from porous surfaces like concrete and plywood to terrazzo, vinyl or epoxy.
It doesn't require a perfectly smooth or clean floor – indeed, it can handle a certain degree of surface irregularity and obstacles up to 2 cm (0.8 in) high. It runs built-in obstacle and cliff drop sensors for fully autonomous operation, and will work around barriers even if they're not in the plans.
As well as layout lines, it's capable of printing more or less whatever else you need on the floor too, including text notes. Operators set it up using cloud-based tools for job preparation, fleet management and tracking, and can run it on site with a touch-screen tablet and a tripod-mounted "totalstation."
“The existing manual layout process can be slow and labor intensive,” said Albert Zulps, Director of Emerging Technology at Skanska - a global construction and development company currently using the SitePrint system for two of its US projects. "Despite being done by specialists, there is always the risk of human error, which can result in costly reworks. Layout experts are a scarce resource who add a lot of value in terms of planning and strategy, but often end up dedicating most of their time to manual execution. HP SitePrint lets us do more with less, helping reduce schedules thanks to a much faster layout process, and allowing senior operators to focus on other critical activities like quality control.”
While HP hasn't announced pricing, we assume the printer robot itself will be surprisingly cheap, but the ink's gonna be a killer. Yuk yuk.
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HP SitePrint Skanska testimonial | HP
Multiple high-severity vulnerabilities affecting a number of HP business notebooks, business desktop PCs, point of sale systems, and workstations, have been sitting unpatched for months on end, researchers have warned.
This could mean countless HP users are at risk of having their endpoints broken, their files stolen, or their digital accounts compromised, as all of the flaws found allow for arbitrary code execution.
What’s more, as the flaws are in the firmware, they can persist even after reinstalling the operating system, experts have warned.
According to Binarly, the company found a total of six vulnerabilities - three in July 2021 and three more in April 2022, all of which are System Management Module (SMM) memory corruption vulnerabilities.
The flaws are tracked as CVE-2022-23930 (8.2), CVE-2022-31644 (7.5), CVE-2022-31645 (8.2), CVE-2022-31646 (8.2), CVE-2022-31640 (7.5), and CVE-2022-31641 (7.5).
Since the disclosure, HP has published three security advisories for three of the flaws, and pushed three BIOS updates, fixing the flaws on some of the models.
However, the company has failed to release any patches for the devices in Elite, Zbook, or ProBook series, as well as for ProDesk, EliteDesk, and ProOne series. HP workstations, including Z1, Z2, Z4, and Zcentral, are also still vulnerable to the flaws.
Even though Binarly warned of the potential risk associated with not having patches for these flaws, the company did stress the difficulties that come with fixing vulnerabilities for a single vendor.
“As a result of the complexity of the firmware supply chain, there are gaps that are difficult to close on the manufacturing end since it involves issues beyond the control of the device vendors,” it said in its report.
TechRadar Pro has reached out to HP for a comment on when it plans on releasing fixes for the affected devices, and will update the article if we receive a reply.
The HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation, a laptop that’s powerful enough for professional purposes, is currently on sale from HP with a $2,370 discount. You’ll only have to pay $1,939 for the machine, which is less than half its original price of $4,309. HP’s laptop deals always draw a lot of attention, so we’re not sure how long this offer will last — click that Buy Now button as fast as you can if you don’t want to miss out.
Whether you’re working from home or you need a machine that you can take with you while you move around for your job, the HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation is the laptop for you. Following the footsteps of its successor as one of the best mobile workstations, it provides desktop-level performance with its 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia RTX A2000 graphics card, plus 16GB of RAM that’s recommended by our guide on how much RAM do you need if you’ll be doing graphic design work.
The HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation is equipped with a 15.6-inch Full HD screen so you can see all the details of the projects that you’re working on, and it has a 1TB SSD for ample storage for your software and files. Windows 10 Pro is pre-installed on the laptop, and it comes with a license for Windows 11 Pro. Business laptops should emphasize security and privacy, according to our laptop buying guide, and that’s the case with this device as HP is selling the Wolf Pro Security Edition. You’re protected by features such as HP Sure Start, a self-healing BIOS that safeguards your data, and the HP Privacy Camera, which comes with a physical shutter.
If you need a laptop that will provide the necessary performance to accomplish even the most demanding tasks, there’s no need to look any further than HP’s offer for the HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation. It’s available under the ongoing HP laptop deals at $2,370 off, which slashes its price to $1,939 from $4,309 originally. There’s no indication when the discount will end though, so if you want to buy the HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation for less than half its original price, you should finalize your purchase immediately.
Rajat Bhargava is an entrepreneur, investor, author and currently CEO and cofounder of JumpCloud.
From the 1980s until the mid-2000s, the monoculture around Microsoft ruled. Users logged into Windows-managed computers and used Office and Windows File Server; businesses relied on Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to manage user identity and access.
Then, IT evolved. On-premises environments and closed systems gave way to the flexibility of the cloud. Organizations adopted Mac- and Linux-based systems. Software as a service (SaaS) environments exploded. Data centers started to be replaced by infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers. Now, Gartner predicts that over 95% of new digital workloads will be deployed on cloud-native platforms by 2025, a dramatic increase from 30% in 2021.
With cloud servers preferred for data processing and storage, web applications now dominate the market. In part because wired connections gave way to wireless networks and people became more mobile through smartphones, and Google Workspace (aka G Suite, Google Apps) and M365 (aka Office 365) became as popular as machine-based Office applications in the enterprise space.
In this environment, organizations can’t be bound to anachronistic approaches as businesses shift to the cloud and globally distributed workforces. Now’s the time for companies—especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)—to approach IT with an open mind and an open approach.
“Open” in this context doesn’t mean porous or loose; it represents scalability, flexibility and agility in terms of changes in technology and developments in the stack. An open approach improves end user experience, worker productivity and satisfaction. An open approach to IT can be a critical tool in helping organizations establish zero-trust security without sacrificing the agility and flexibility made possible by the cloud.
In this article, I’ll offer some tips to getting started with this approach.
Modernizing IT stacks means making sure that work—remote and hybrid—functions well. Employees care about doing their job; they want easy access to the resources they need. IT teams want a similarly streamlined experience and assurance that company data remains secure without impacting productivity. My company’s survey of 506 SME IT admins found that nearly 75% prefer a single solution to manage employee identities, access and devices than having to manage a number of different solutions. An open directory platform approach incorporates a cloud-hosted “virtual” domain that meets this need, offering the flexibility and security necessary to support modern workplaces.
This means creating an IT environment that consumes identities wherever they live. Not just employee identities but also device identities, allowing your system to be open to receive information from authorized sources anywhere. On the outgoing side, it means creating a single source of user identity that can be propagated out to other devices, other users or to an authorized network.
Identity as a service and cloud directories are vital tools that enable an open approach. Look for those that offer fluidity and the flexibility to change resources any time (for example, from M365 to Google Workspace or vice versa).
Flexible Security Layers
Instead of traditional perimeters, an open approach favors a creation of virtual offices and security perimeters around each employee—and whatever devices they use. Being open doesn’t equate to a cavalier security approach; it’s a way to offer authorized access to resources anywhere that is convenient and tracked for compliance and overall visibility.
Security layers can evolve with each organization’s need and should include:
• Identity layer: A cloud directory houses authentication credentials and establishes centralized access control across user identity, admin access, service accounts and machines. Centering identity within a cloud directory allows SME teams to draw a security perimeter around each employee, enabling updates without disruption and providing access to on-prem and cloud-based resources.
• Device layer: Most IT environments operate within an ever-evolving state of company-issued, personal and mobile devices running some combination of Mac, Windows or Linux systems. In this complicated device ecosystem, organizations should extend user identity to establish device trust, meaning that a device is known and its user is verified. A mobile device management solution (MDM) is one option that can install a remote agent to handle basics—including multifactor authentication (MFA) and permissions—zero-touch onboarding and remote lock, restart or wipe. Determine the control level you need in your device environment, factoring in options like how you honor employee device choice and how you manage your bring your own device (BYOD) policy.
• IT resource layer: In office environments, employees generally use a form of single sign-on (SSO) to log into their desktop at designated workstations and then get instant access to applications and shared files and servers. In remote, hybrid and other modern IT environments, SSO should include everything from SaaS apps to systems, files, infrastructure and shared networks. Some organizations use SSO solely for web-based applications, while some centralize identity and extend it to virtually any IT resource through authentication protocols like LDAP, SAML, OpenID Connect, SSH, RADIUS and REST.
Given security, ongoing monitoring and compliance needs, visibility is critical to an open IT approach. Considering the breadth of access transactions, businesses should look for a holistic solution with broad coverage.
Basic event logging data is table stakes, and IT solutions should include a method for capturing discrete and unique log formats. That includes logs from SSO and from cloud RADIUS for network connection, LDAP and device connections—any log format for resources deployed in your stack.
Because integration requirements make log analysis and management solutions expensive, challenging to implement and difficult for admins managing custom feeds for authentication protocols, consider options that offer a wide range of analysis by enriching raw data. This can be done with a number of other data points, sessionizing the data through post-processing. Such information provides admins with broad insight across their entire IT environment, not just into a particular service or user.
For many organizations, extending closed legacy systems was a necessity. In the age of hybrid and remote work, it’s proving more of a liability than an asset. An open approach allows companies to embrace a diverse, modern IT environment that can keep pace with what users need, keeping them and company data secure at every access point.
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The “Centralised Workstations Market” Research report 2022 determines detailed coverage of business development trends, growing strategies, current and future growth prospects of industry. This research incorporates historical and forecasted market size, share, growth values covering different segments and regions. The Centralised Workstations market report shows assessment of marketing channels, product development and consumption, supply-demand scenario and import-export status of top key players. Competitive landscape section covers top company profiles details with investment plans, SWOT analysis, opportunities and challenges across all geographical regions.
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A workstation is an advanced computer designed for scientific and technical applications. These are professionally designed for high-end user application including digital content creation, finance modelling, scientific, software engineering and others. Workstation can run multi-user operating systems and featured with redundant array of independent disks, SSD, and optimized GPU.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia-Ukraine War Influence, the global market for Centralised Workstations estimated at USD million in the year 2022, is projected to reach a revised size of USD million by 2028, growing at a growing CAGR during the forecast period 2022-2028.
Based on OS, the centralized workstations market is sub-segmented into Windows, Linux, UNIX, and others. Growth in the demand for windows enabled PCs and increasing penetration of windows operating system are some of the major factors boosting the growth of Windows sub-segments. In addition, small and medium sized enterprises sub-segment is projected to exhibit the higher CAGR over the forecast period. Due to high investment cost for production and maintenance of on-premises data centers, the small and medium sized enterprises are adopting cloud based data center, which help to reduce the IT expenses.
This report has studied the key growth strategies, such as innovative trends and developments, intensification of product portfolio, mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, new product innovation, and geographical expansion, undertaken by these participants to maintain their presence. Apart from business strategies, the study includes current developments and key financials. The readers will also get access to the data related to global revenue, price, and sales by manufacturers for the period 2017-2022. This all-inclusive report will certainly serve the clients to stay updated and make effective decisions in their businesses.
Some of the prominent players reviewed in the research report include:● Dell ● NVIDIA ● Citrix Systems ● HP ● Intel ● Cisco Systems ● Super Micro Computers ● Fujitsu ● Lenovo ● Microsoft ● Secunet AG
Segment by Type:
Segment by Application:
● Banking and Finance
● Media and Entertainment
This report aims to provide a comprehensive presentation of the global market for Centralised Workstations, with both quantitative and qualitative analysis, to help readers develop business/growth strategies, assess the market competitive situation, analyze their position in the current marketplace, and make informed business decisions regarding Centralised Workstations.
The Centralised Workstations market size, estimations, and forecasts are provided in terms of output/shipments (K Units) and revenue (USD millions), considering 2021 as the base year, with history and forecast data for the period from 2017 to 2028. This report segments the global Centralised Workstations market comprehensively. Regional market sizes, concerning products by types, by application, and by players, are also provided. The influence of COVID-19 and the Russia-Ukraine War were considered while estimating market sizes.
The Centralised Workstations market report provides answers to the following key questions:● What is the global (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa) sales value, production value, consumption value, import and export of Centralised Workstations? ● Who are the global key manufacturers of the Centralised Workstations Industry? How is their operating situation (capacity, production, sales, price, cost, gross, and revenue)? ● What are the Centralised Workstations market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global Centralised Workstations Industry? ● Which application/end-user or product type may seek incremental growth prospects? What is the market share of each type and application? ● What focused approach and constraints are holding the Centralised Workstations market? ● What are the different sales, marketing, and distribution channels in the global industry? ● What are the upstream raw materials and manufacturing equipment of Centralised Workstations along with the manufacturing process of Centralised Workstations? ● What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the Centralised Workstations market? ● Economic impact on the Centralised Workstations industry and development trend of the Centralised Workstations industry. ● What are the market opportunities, market risk, and market overview of the Centralised Workstations market? ● What are the key drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges of the Centralised Workstations market, and how they are expected to impact the market? ● What is the Centralised Workstations market size at the regional and country-level?
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Key inclusions of the Centralised Workstations market report:● COVID-19 effects on growth figures. ● Statistical analysis pertaining to market size, sales volume, and overall industry revenue. ● Organized mentions of major market trends. ● Growth opportunities. ● Figures showcasing market growth rate. ● Advantages and disadvantages of direct and indirect sales channels. ● Insights regarding traders, distributors, and dealers present in the industry.
Global Centralised Workstations Market: Drivers and Restrains
The research report has incorporated the analysis of different factors that augment the market’s growth. It constitutes trends, restraints, and drivers that transform the market in either a positive or negative manner. This section also provides the scope of different segments and applications that can potentially influence the market in the future. The detailed information is based on current trends and historic milestones. This section also provides an analysis of the volume of production about the global market and about each type. This section mentions the volume of production by region. Pricing analysis is included in the report according to each type, manufacturer, region and global price from 2016 to 2027.
A thorough evaluation of the restrains included in the report portrays the contrast to drivers and gives room for strategic planning. Factors that overshadow the market growth are pivotal as they can be understood to devise different bends for getting hold of the lucrative opportunities that are present in the ever-growing market. Additionally, insights into market expert’s opinions have been taken to understand the market better.
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This section of the report provides key insights regarding various regions and the key players operating in each region. Economic, social, environmental, technological, and political factors have been taken into consideration while assessing the growth of the particular region/country. The readers will also get their hands on the revenue and sales data of each region and country for the period 2017-2028.
The market has been segmented into various major geographies, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America. Detailed analysis of major countries such as the USA, Germany, the U.K., Italy, France, China, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, and India will be covered within the regional segment.
Chapter 1: Introduces the report scope of the report, executive summary of different market segments (by region, product type, application, etc), including the market size of each market segment, future development potential, and so on. It offers a high-level view of the current state of the market and its likely evolution in the short to mid-term, and long term.
Chapter 2: Detailed analysis of Centralised Workstations manufacturers competitive landscape, price, output and revenue market share, latest development plan, merger, and acquisition information, etc.
Chapter 3: Production/output, value of Centralised Workstations by region/country. It provides a quantitative analysis of the market size and development potential of each region in the next six years.
Chapter 4: Consumption of Centralised Workstations in regional level and country level. It provides a quantitative analysis of the market size and development potential of each region and its main countries and introduces the market development, future development prospects, market space, and capacity of each country in the world.
Chapter 5: Provides the analysis of various market segments according to product type, covering the market size and development potential of each market segment, to help readers find the blue ocean market in different market segments.
Chapter 6: Provides the analysis of various market segments according to application, covering the market size and development potential of each market segment, to help readers find the blue ocean market in different downstream markets.
Chapter 7: Provides profiles of key players, introducing the basic situation of the main companies in the market in detail, including product production/output, revenue, , price, gross margin, product introduction, exact development, etc.
Chapter 8: Analysis of industrial chain, including the upstream and downstream of the industry.
Chapter 9: Analysis of sales channel, distributors and customers
Chapter 10: Introduces the market dynamics, latest developments of the market, the driving factors and restrictive factors of the market, the challenges and risks faced by manufacturers in the industry, and the analysis of relevant policies in the industry.
Chapter 11: Production and supply forecast, global and regional
Chapter 12: Consumption and demand forecast, global and regional
Chapter 13: Forecast by type and by application. It provides a quantitative analysis of the market size and development potential of each market segment in the next six years.
Chapter 14: The main points and conclusions of the report.
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Main Points from Table of Contents:
1 Centralised Workstations Market Overview
1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Centralised Workstations
1.2 Centralised Workstations Segment by Type
1.2.1 Global Centralised Workstations Market Size Growth Rate Analysis by Type 2022 VS 2028
1.3 Centralised Workstations Segment by Application
1.3.1 Global Centralised Workstations Consumption Comparison by Application: 2022 VS 2028
1.4 Global Market Growth Prospects
1.4.1 Global Centralised Workstations Revenue Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028)
1.4.2 Global Centralised Workstations Production Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028)
1.5 Global Market Size by Region
1.5.1 Global Centralised Workstations Market Size Estimates and Forecasts by Region: 2017 VS 2021 VS 2028
1.5.2 North America Centralised Workstations Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028)
1.5.3 Europe Centralised Workstations Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028)
1.5.4 China Centralised Workstations Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028)
1.5.5 Japan Centralised Workstations Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028)
2 Market Competition by Manufacturers
2.1 Global Centralised Workstations Production Market Share by Manufacturers (2017-2022)
2.2 Global Centralised Workstations Revenue Market Share by Manufacturers (2017-2022)
2.3 Centralised Workstations Market Share by Company Type (Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3)
2.4 Global Centralised Workstations Average Price by Manufacturers (2017-2022)
2.5 Manufacturers Centralised Workstations Production Sites, Area Served, Product Types
2.6 Centralised Workstations Market Competitive Situation and Trends
2.6.1 Centralised Workstations Market Concentration Rate
2.6.2 Global 5 and 10 Largest Centralised Workstations Players Market Share by Revenue
2.6.3 Mergers and Acquisitions, Expansion
3 Production by Region
3.1 Global Production of Centralised Workstations Market Share by Region (2017-2022)
3.2 Global Centralised Workstations Revenue Market Share by Region (2017-2022)
3.3 Global Centralised Workstations Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022)
3.4 North America Centralised Workstations Production
3.4.1 North America Centralised Workstations Production Growth Rate (2017-2022)
3.4.2 North America Centralised Workstations Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022)
3.5 Europe Centralised Workstations Production
3.5.1 Europe Centralised Workstations Production Growth Rate (2017-2022)
3.5.2 Europe Centralised Workstations Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022)
3.6 China Centralised Workstations Production
3.6.1 China Centralised Workstations Production Growth Rate (2017-2022)
3.6.2 China Centralised Workstations Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022)
3.7 Japan Centralised Workstations Production
3.7.1 Japan Centralised Workstations Production Growth Rate (2017-2022)
3.7.2 Japan Centralised Workstations Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022)
4 Global Centralised Workstations Consumption by Region
4.1 Global Centralised Workstations Consumption by Region
4.1.1 Global Centralised Workstations Consumption by Region
4.1.2 Global Centralised Workstations Consumption Market Share by Region
4.2 North America
4.2.1 North America Centralised Workstations Consumption by Country
4.2.2 United States
4.3.1 Europe Centralised Workstations Consumption by Country
4.4 Asia Pacific
4.4.1 Asia Pacific Centralised Workstations Consumption by Region
4.4.4 South Korea
4.4.5 China Taiwan
4.4.6 Southeast Asia
4.5 Latin America
4.5.1 Latin America Centralised Workstations Consumption by Country
5 Segment by Type
5.1 Global Production Market Share by Type (2017-2022)
5.2 Global Revenue Market Share by Type (2017-2022)
5.3 Global Price by Type (2017-2022)
6 Segment by Application
6.1 Global Production Market Share by Application (2017-2022)
6.2 Global Revenue Market Share by Application (2017-2022)
6.3 Global Price by Application (2017-2022)
7 Key Companies Profiled
8 Centralised Workstations Manufacturing Cost Analysis
8.1 Key Raw Materials Analysis
8.1.1 Key Raw Materials
8.1.2 Key Suppliers of Raw Materials
8.2 Proportion of Manufacturing Cost Structure
8.3 Manufacturing Process Analysis of Centralised Workstations
8.4 Industrial Chain Analysis
9 Marketing Channel, Distributors and Customers
9.1 Marketing Channel
9.2 Distributors List
10 Market Dynamics
10.1 Centralised Workstations Industry Trends
10.2 Centralised Workstations Market Drivers
10.3 Centralised Workstations Market Challenges
10.4 Centralised Workstations Market Restraints
11 Production and Supply Forecast
11.1 Global Forecasted Production of Centralised Workstations by Region (2023-2028)
11.2 North America Production, Revenue Forecast (2023-2028)
11.3 Europe Production, Revenue Forecast (2023-2028)
11.4 China Production, Revenue Forecast (2023-2028)
11.5 Japan Production, Revenue Forecast (2023-2028)
12 Consumption and Demand Forecast
12.1 Global Forecasted Demand Analysis of Centralised Workstations
12.2 North America Forecasted Consumption of by Country
12.3 Europe Market Forecasted Consumption of by Country
12.4 Asia Pacific Market Forecasted Consumption of by Region
12.5 Latin America Forecasted Consumption of by Country
13 Forecast by Type and by Application (2023-2028)
13.1 Global Production, Revenue and Price Forecast by Type (2023-2028)
13.1.1 Global Forecasted Production of by Type (2023-2028)
13.1.2 Global Forecasted Revenue of by Type (2023-2028)
13.1.3 Global Forecasted Price of by Type (2023-2028)
13.2 Global Forecasted Consumption of Centralised Workstations by Application (2023-2028)
13.2.1 Global Forecasted Production of by Application (2023-2028)
13.2.2 Global Forecasted Revenue of by Application (2023-2028)
13.2.3 Global Forecasted Price of by Application (2023-2028)
14 Research Finding and Conclusion
15 Methodology and Data Source
15.1 Methodology/Research Approach
15.1.1 Research Programs/Design
15.1.2 Market Size Estimation
15.1.3 Market Breakdown and Data Triangulation
15.2 Data Source
15.2.1 Secondary Sources
15.2.2 Primary Sources
15.3 Author List
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With digital disruptors eating away at market share and profits hurting from prolonged, intensive cost wars between traditional competitors, businesses had been looking to reduce their cost-to-income ratios even before COVID-19. When the pandemic happened, the urgency hit a new high. On top of that came the scramble to digitize pervasively in order to survive.
But there was a problem. Legacy infrastructure, being cost-inefficient and inflexible, hindered both objectives. The need for technology modernization was never clearer. However, what wasn’t so clear was the path to this modernization.
Should the enterprise rip up and replace the entire system or upgrade it in parts? Should the transformation go “big bang” or proceed incrementally, in phases? To what extent and to which type of cloud should they shift to? And so on.
The Infosys Modernization Radar 2022 addresses these and other questions.
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Currently, 88% of technology assets are legacy systems, half of which are business-critical. An additional concern is that many organizations lack the skills to adapt to the requirements of the digital era. This is why enterprises are rushing to modernize: The report found that 70% to 90% of the legacy estate will be modernized within five years.
Different modernization approaches have different impacts. For example, non-invasive (or less invasive) approaches involve superficial changes to a few technology components and impact the enterprise in select pockets. These methods may be considered when the IT architecture is still acceptable, the system is not overly complex, and the interfaces and integration logic are adequate. Hence they entail less expenditure.
But since these approaches modernize minimally, they are only a stepping stone to a more comprehensive future initiative. Some examples of less and non-invasive modernization include migrating technology frameworks to the cloud, migrating to open-source application servers, and rehosting mainframes.
Invasive strategies modernize thoroughly, making a sizable impact on multiple stakeholders, application layers and processes. Because they involve big changes, like implementing a new package or re-engineering, they take more time and cost more money than non-invasive approaches and carry a higher risk of disruption, but also promise more value.
When an organization’s IT snarl starts to stifle growth, it should look at invasive modernization by way of re-architecting legacy applications to cloud-native infrastructure, migrating traditional relational database management systems to NoSQL-type systems, or simplifying app development and delivery with low-code/no-code platforms.
From the above discussion, it is apparent that not all consequences of modernization are intentional or even desirable. So that brings us back to the earlier question: What is the best modernization strategy for an enterprise?
The truth is that there’s no single answer to this question because the choice of strategy depends on the organization’s context, resources, existing technology landscape, business objectives. However, if the goal is to minimize risk and business disruption, then some approaches are clearly better than others.
In the Infosys Modernization Radar 2022 report, 51% of respondents taking the big-bang approach frequently suffered high levels of disruption, compared to 21% of those who modernized incrementally in phases. This is because big-bang calls for completely rewriting enterprise core systems, an approach that has been very often likened to changing an aircraft engine mid-flight.
Therefore big-bang modernization makes sense only when the applications are small and easily replaceable. But most transformations entail bigger changes, tilting the balance in favor of phased and coexistence approaches, which are less disruptive and support business continuity.
Phased modernization progresses towards microservices architecture and could take the coexistence approach. As the name suggests, this entails the parallel runs of legacy and new systems until the entire modernization — of people, processes and technology — is complete. This requires new cloud locations for managing data transfers between old and new systems.
The modernized stack points to a new location with a routing façade, an abstraction that talks to both modernized and legacy systems. To embrace this path, organizations need to analyze applications in-depth and perform security checks to ensure risks don’t surface in the new architecture.
Strategies such as the Infosys zero-disruption method frequently take the coexistence approach since it is suited to more invasive types of modernization. Planning the parallel operation of both old and new systems until IT infrastructure and applications make their transition is extremely critical.
The coexistence approach enables a complete transformation to make the application scalable, flexible, modular and decoupled, utilizing microservices architecture. A big advantage is that the coexistence method leverages the best cloud offerings and gives the organization access to a rich partner ecosystem.
An example of zero-disruption modernization that I have led is the transformation of the point-of-sale systems of an insurer. More than 50,000 rules (business and UI) involving more than 10 million lines of code were transformed using micro-change management. This reduced ticket inventory by 70%, improved maintenance productivity by about 10% and shortened new policy rollout time by about 30%.
Technology modernization is imperative for meeting consumer expectations, lowering costs, increasing scalability and agility, and competing against nimble, innovative next-generation players. In other words, it is the ticket to future survival.
There are many modernization approaches, and not all of them are equal. For example, the big-bang approach, while quick and sometimes even more affordable, carries a very significant risk of disruption. Since a single hour of critical system downtime could cost as much as $300,000, maintaining business continuity during transformation is a very big priority for enterprises.
The phased coexistence approach mitigates disruption to ensure a seamless and successful transformation.
Gautam Khanna is the vice president and global head of the modernization practice at Infosys.
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