HP Offers New Modernization Offerings to Help Businesses Transform Legacy Applications
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Hewlett-Packard Co. (Corporate Headquarters)
3000 Hanover St.
Palo Alto, CA, 94304-1185
Press release date: April 8, 2008
HP today announced new capabilities to help customers increase business agility and reduce costs by transforming their legacy enterprise applications into an environment that is better aligned to changing business needs.
All organizations today use applications as part of their day-to-day operations. These applications must be fast, flexible and cost effective. Those that are unable to meet constantly changing requirements are considered legacy applications.
Although key to the organization, these applications can be difficult to modify and enhance because of their complex nature and maturity. This can result in high cost of ownership and inflexibility to meet business requirements.
"An analysis of our environment found that the mainframe-based applications for financial, human resources and supply chain functions were antiquated and out of step with the times," said Robin Cody, department manager, Information Technology, Bay Area Rapid Transit District. "HP gave us the foundation to modernize our major applications, improve information access and reduce our costs."
To transform legacy applications, HP has introduced a modernization "factory" program, visual tools and state-of-the-art modernization showcase centers. These new offerings are designed to help customers deploy application modernization solutions more quickly and cost-effectively with less risk.
New application transformation offerings HP guides customers through the process of transforming their legacy applications by helping them visualize and understand their current application environments, identify areas for improvement, develop a strategy for the transformation process and then perform the necessary changes.
The new HP Modernization Factory program relies on HP's extensive experience in application rehosting and reengineering. The "factory" is a specialized center staffed with highly trained experts who deliver modernization skills at competitive prices on a worldwide basis.
The advantage of using the factory approach is minimized risk, as well as reduced time, budget and resource requirements. When combined with offerings from HP's modernization partners, this program addresses customers' increased demand for an expanded variety of modernization solutions.
New HP Legacy Application Transformation and Visual Intelligence Tools provide unique insight into the structure and composition of legacy applications. The tools accelerate the process of modernizing applications and reduce risk by providing a greater understanding of the applications.
With these tools, customers can "see" the internal structure of their legacy applications as the visualization exposes attributes such as size, complexity and internal structure. Using this information, customers can make informed choices on the best route forward to modernize.
The tools include: o HP Modernization Profile - Analyzes an application's composition to assist in the selection of areas that may be the key contributors to high cost and low levels of flexibility. o HP Clone Set Analyzer - Identifies duplicate code to avoid repetition of modernization efforts and provide economies of scale to reduce costs. o HP Clone Pattern Analyzer - Reveals hidden patterns of code reuse to help group together similar applications and ensure tasks are not duplicated.
The new HP Modernization Showcase Centers offer services to assist customers with all phases of modernization. Deployed on a global basis, each center will provide a demonstration environment for proof-of-concepts and implementation activities. "HP's new application modernization offerings enable customers to accurately assess legacy applications," said John McCain, senior vice president and general manager, HP Services. "Combined with HP's deep services expertise, these offerings provide customers a low-risk, cost-effective method for transforming applications environments."
Modernization capabilities a part of HP's comprehensive portfolio of services to transform application environments. More information about this portfolio is available at www.hp.com/go/applicationmodernization.
About HP HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers - from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world's largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $107.7 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.