revealed the following about best-in-class companies, which Aberdeen defined as those companies finishing in the top 20% on the survey based on performance:
Best-in-class companies used Service-Level Agreements twice as frequently as laggard companies (bottom 30% by performance) did.
Rather than attempting the radical approach of "rip and replace," most best-in-class companies elected to leave the apps running on legacy systems while adding software adapters or services layers to provide access to other SOA applications.
Speaking of SOA, twice as many best-in-class companies deployed SOA service layers on mainframes when compared with laggard companies. And of those high achievers, 48% said that investing in SOA platforms is their #1 or #2 funding priority for the next 12 months.
The best-in-class companies said these approaches allowed them to cut costs across the critical areas of development, maintenance, and infrastructure.
Also, 71% of those top performers said the approach also allowed them to reduce spending on outside professional services firms
The top objectives cited by best-in-class companies for launching these attacks on the legacy monster are agility, which Aberdeen defined as the speed required to build services that enhance business capabilities and success, and lowering overall costs. Agility was cited as the top objective by 40% of the best in class, while cutting costs was put at the top by 26% of those top performers
Where does your company stand on this critical issue -- would you make it into the best in class, or would you swim with the laggards?
Why Is Hollywood Making A Sequel To The Napster Wars?
Shutting down Napster was a huge blunder for the record companies, leading to the collapse of the entire industry. Now, movies and TV studios are looking to repeat the failure by going after YouTube, says columnist Cory Doctorow.
Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.
A Nagging Problem Gets a Nagging Solution
A couple of months ago I asked a question in this blog about a problem I was having with file transfers to Vista it was giving me an error message that said only, "You must have permission to perform this action." Nobody came up with the answer. Maybe nobody is having the same problem? I hope not, because it turned out to be pilot error. Dummy me. Here's what was happening.
Novell CEO Speaks Truth To Linux
It's been a good news, bad news kind of week for Linux. On the one hand, some supporters remain deluded that the open-source operating system has a legit chance of taking on Vista. At the same time, Novell CEO Ron Hovespian took a hard look at the Linux landscape and came to a conclusion not to different from my recent rant about their being way too many distros. (Okay, he didn't say precisely that.)
Motorola Weaves Its MAGX For Mobile Linux Developers
Last month, Motorola shipped its next-generation Linux-based phone for North America -- the RAZR2 V8. The follow up to that launch is the debut of a new development platform the company is hoping will be a big hit with mobile Linux developers.
Google's Greatest Act of CharityGoogle has been recognized for a number of positive environmental and public policy initiatives to benefit people around the world. But its most under-appreciated act of charity is the fact that it serves ad-haters.
How to Succeed with Offshore Software Testing When Almost Everyone Else Fails Offshore software testing projects fail at a greater rate than most other types of offshore projects. Most of the research into this problem points to very generic reasons. This paper identifies why offshore software testing projects fail, quantifies the impact of a failure and gives a list of actions that can prevent failure from happening.
Business Technology Marketing Benchmarks 2007-2008 PDF Slides Find out what 1,038 B2B marketers revealed about what works for lead generation and nurturing tactics. Invite your entire team to view this free Webcast and learn about B2B email, search marketing and surprising Webcast and white paper marketing statistics.
Apparel Manufacturer Improves Business Processes Using Everest Software Managing business for menswear manufacturer Kenneth David Apparel was a difficult process. With Everest's ability to analyze and automate everything from e-commerce to point-of-sale functions, Kenneth David Apparel has been given unprecedented visibility into their business and is now able to easily track important factors like profitability.
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