Modern IT systems are expected to create greater levels of intelligence, process efficiency, customer engagement, critical data and, ultimately, revenue and profitability for businesses and public sector organisations – all while being user friendly and secure. The British government for its part is expected to work with huge amounts of data, opinions, requirements and stakeholders to deliver a smooth transition plan.
IT teams and architects have to cope with huge quantities of new data being created on a daily basis, manage the rollout of new applications, handle the demands generated by mergers and acquisitions, assess the impact of downtime, and facilitate the demands of a range of different users within the business. It’s not always easy for them to keep up.
Key questions and considerations need to take into account impacts on individual users and on the business overall; whether it’s a rollout of a new cloud workspace or end-point security application, technology can most definitely be harnessed to create a collaborative and productive working environment. But can the company’s existing hardware support it? Does the organisation need to consider a partial shift to the public cloud to accommodate the data sprawl? Are compliance regulations being met?
With all those considerations and many, many more in mind, the announcement that IBM’s System Architect product is being withdrawn by the end of 2020 at the latest has the potential to create huge challenges for organisations still using it.
The scale of the IT architecture of many of IBM’s customers means that those organisations could be facing projects of Brexit-style complexity themselves – and with the clock already ticking on System Architect, the parallels don’t end there.
IBM’s System Architect customers need to begin contingency planning now if they have not done so already. The immediate question is whether or not an organisation should stay with a legacy platform that will no longer be changing with the needs of its customers and the market, or whether a transition strategy should begin right away. Gartner agree that this is a concern, stating a view that “current customers and prospective SA customers should re-evaluate their enterprise architecture tooling needs and assess alternative tool vendors”.
Just like all the connotations, complexities and discussions regarding the Brexit process, there will be many aspects to resolve, risks to avert, stakeholders to align, and continuity to preserve for IBM’s System Architect customers.
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