IT Modernization – Get Help Deciding the Best Way Forward

You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.

This old adage certainly holds true for new technology. And when it comes to modernizing your applications — albeit through cloud, optimizing business processes, re-architecting or re-hosting — chances are you’ve been mulling it over, with no clear solution in mind. But where do you start? And how do you get executive buy-in for projects that can be expensive and complex?

IT modernization must be a customized undertaking, because no single solution works for every project or every organization. Just as no single solution can address every existing portfolio’s shortfalls. Choosing the right tool ” … depends on where you’re coming from, and where you’re going to,” according to Gartner analyst Dale Vecchio. Moreover, many application modernization projects are destined fail from the onset. A recent Gartner survey revealed that lack of planning and unrealistic expectations has led to high failure rates for the legacy modernization initiatives at life and P&C insurers, with 58 percent of projects going over budget, and 82 percent going over schedule.

Planning Makes Perfect

A first step is to get visibility into what you have, what you lack, what’s working and what’s not — and that can determine the right modernization solution to address needs, budget and your future.

Start with the Dell Services Rapid IT Decision Guide. This interactive consideration guide helps you pinpoint modernization solutions that best suit your needs — and helps you put your plan in motion. Here’s how the online guide works: you simply answer series of questions with “Yes, “No,” or “Somewhat.”

By taking a few minutes to answer questions, you’ll get clear insight into your challenges from a technology and business perspective, and you’ll get customized assets and content within the guide or via email. Based on your answers to these questions, you’ll receive a customized decision card to help you choose a solution that will:

  • Modernize your business processes
  • Yield a faster return on your IT investments
  • Ensure long-term business success

For customers who are further along in their application modernization efforts, Dell Services has a Strategic Modernization Roadmap solution that offers a consultative, holistic and collaborative approach to help you define an actionable way forward by combining both technical and strategic analysis to help drive the modernization project.

Helping you choose the right modernization trajectory apart, The Rapid IT Decision Guide can also guide you through your Cloud needs and automated business process outsourcing (BPO).

Together, these technologies will help you modernize your IT, based on your technology, business need and goals, and elevate your IT to do more than simply run your business.

The Right Partner for the Job

It’s important to select an experienced vendor partner that can help you plan, execute and support current and future needs of your business. We’ve got years of experience in this area along with tools and the right skill set.

Technology is changing at a rapid-fire pace; many of your once-vital applications have grown obsolete and simply cannot match the needs of today’s business demands. Starting from scratch isn’t financially feasible for many organizations; it’s imperative to work with you’ve got. The Rapid IT Decision Guide will get you on your way. This easy, question-based journey will help you see, hear and discover solutions for your specific needs, whether you’re looking for a cloud, business process outsourcing or application modernization solution.

When you know your legacy, you secure your future. Take your interactive journey today at You can also watch the video for an overview. You can learn more about Dell Services and Application Modernization, or follow us @DellServices.

About the Author: Cameron Jenkins