The Cancun conundrum….Are we there yet? - Part 2
Every business' technology landscape have evolved differently adopting different technologies at different points of the technology evolution time horizon. So each business' technology portfolio is in a different stage of technology state (not to mention complexity added by an M&A). So there is no one or finite number of defined paths to migrate to the future state. Picture every individual who wants to head to Cancun living alone in different cities and the airlines industry has the task of transporting them to Cancun. There is absolutely no economy of scale there.
Just like the solution is to have groups of people in a city and provide standardized transportation in and out of the city, organizations will have to migrate to future state standardized platforms. This migration itself could be in baby steps or it could be a "big bang" transformation. While the "how to get there" is a function of the size of the legacy portfolio, size of the organization, mission critical nature of the legacy technology, budgets available for capital expenditure etc.. as long as the "where to get to" is clear and all projects contribute to moving towards the harmonized standardized platform, organizations will eventually get to the standard platform.
Once they are on these standardized platforms there is hope that these standardized platforms will provide logical and natural progression and modernization in the ever changing environment businesses operate and need to adapt to. Implementation today increasingly is through standardized ERP platforms from vendors of the likes of SAP or Oracle. Little wonder these ERP platforms are extremely popular in the market today. Alternatively well orchestrated set of business services enabled through web services is the future. A radical shift by jettisoning existing legacy technology baggage to altogether leapfrog to the future by switching to "Software as a Service" (SaaS) is an alternative solution for this problem. It is little wonder leading global organizations like Microsoft, Infosys and IBM are significantly investing in SaaS as the future computing platform for businesses. Till then you can be assured that the business community will continue to keep asking "are we there yet!?"