The 3 Stages on the Journey to Application Modernization

Re-platformed, re-architected, agile, DevOps, liquid, micro-engineered, cloud-first, mobile-first, as-a-service. Application modernization has, I think, more buzz-words per paragraph than any of our major building blocks of IT modernization (Applications, Infrastructure & Workplace). Perhaps with good reason though, application modernization should be at the core of any modernization journey. They drive infrastructure choices, enable workplace solutions, […]

Windows 10 Creators Update: The Top 4 Benefits for Businesses

If you are one of the businesses already reaping the rewards of Windows 10, then Microsoft’s recent Creators update will likely be no surprise to you. For those who aren’t, a brief recap, this is Microsoft’s third feature update in their new Windows-as-a-service model, Microsoft’s new method of improving Windows over time rather than with […]

Surrounding our Clients with Security Management to Avoid Risk

The security and protection of clients’ information and privacy of their data is essential to earning – and maintaining – trust. That’s why, at Avanade, we continually invest significant resources in our people, processes, and technologies to protect our clients’ information, mitigate risks, and meet our client obligations  [CLICK TO TWEET]. As Avanade’s Director of […]

IT Modernization: As Exciting as Artificial Intelligence?

In a world of IT where phrases like “artificial intelligence”, “IOT” and “wearables” seem to be prerequisites to any conversation related to “the next big thing IT needs to think about”, you wouldn’t expect “IT modernization” to rate that highly  [CLICK TO TWEET]. But at the risk of oversimplifying, or perhaps under dramatizing, IT modernization […]

How Empathy and Change Enablement Help Reduce Security Risk

Anyone who is slightly technical has been asked to help friends and family members with their iPhones, mobile apps, Windows laptops and so forth.  In doing so, we may or may not empathize with users that have less technical skills than we do. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association defines empathy as the […]

3 Control Elements That Make Up Modern Data Security Protection

In the midst of designing programs that implement modern data security protection, security and IT leaders are continuously searching for the controls that will make the biggest impact in reducing breach. It could be said that many of the recently published breaches were of companies and programs that had a fairly good handle on the […]

Are CIOs Prepared to Modernise Their IT Operations?

While experience and heritage in business can be very valuable in driving future success, it can also be something of a drawback when seeking to drive digital transformation. Whereas new companies are built on modern technology platforms, with agility and flexibility built-in from the outset, older organisations often have to get by working with a […]

How on Earth do you “do” IT Modernization?

I’ve spent more time than I care to admit this year looking at the topic of IT modernization, allowing me (off the top of my head no less) to quote Gartner as stating that legacy systems are in the top three blockers to adopting a bimodal IT model – impressive, right? In particular though, I’ve […]

4 Questions that CIOs Need to Ask about IT Modernisation

Today, with advances in cloud computing and the expectation that IT innovates to deliver corporate strategy, modernising is essential for all businesses. However, actually getting a programme started remains a challenge for everybody. Because of this, more CIOs are adopting a bi-modal approach to IT modernisation, which will ensure that they are able to keep […]

Into the Unknown: Why Agile is Needed for a Modern Digital Business

In this series on the New Economics of IT, we’ve shown that leaders are under tremendous pressure to bring the business into new and innovative territory (exploratory), while at the same time reaching new levels of efficiency and cost savings (predictable IT). And while these goals are certainly tangible to most business leaders – say, […]