Like people, no two digital transformation strategies are exactly alike. However, technologies like platform as a service, containers and the implementation of DevOps practices have proven, at the very least, to help organizations make headway in their digital transformation strategy, if not make the complete transition.
First, let's talk about doing things the "DevOps way." Even applications that weren't initially designed with DevOps in mind can benefit from using DevOps-based modernization techniques. But DevOps is hardly a one-way street; it's more like a roundabout with a thousand different exits. Knowing the path to choose requires clear knowledge of what that application needs, what you want it to do and how that fits into the overall goal of your digital transformation strategy.
But while you may be taking a different road than your peers, when all is said and done, we should be thinking about our containers -- and I don't mean the kind that holds your lunch. The goal in application modernization is to make a clear division between critical applications that can't be easily replicated and those that should be free to scale. By allowing processes to be scaled easily within a single cluster, application containers provide enormous value in framing this division, in addition to other orchestration benefits.
And, of course, we all need to set our eyes on the cloud. There are lots of approaches, but the most straightforward way to establish a digital transformation strategy within the cloud is to make use of agility and flexibility in cloud hosting development tools and platform-as-a-service offerings.
No matter where you are in your application modernization journey, this handbook will help you turn your digital transformation strategy goals from concept into business results.