3. Start with a proof of concept
It can be helpful to develop a proof of concept to show your team (and yourself) what success will look like. Pick one small part of the overall project and work it through to completion so your team and end users can see how it helps, what benefits it provides, and what pain points it eliminates.
Spinning up a proof of concept can also help you identify issues you wouldn’t have otherwise seen conceptually, or problems that could only arise from actually using your system.
At a large North American car manufacturer, we executed a proof of concept to migrate two of the company’s core apps to the Google Cloud platform. This demonstration helped prove the technical conversion of COBOL to JAVA, showcase the art of the possible in a new user interface, and give insight into what the full program effort would take.
4. Communicate as you migrate
Remember: resolving tech debt can take time. You could be in an interim state for 12 to 36 months, so pace yourself. As you do complete different parts of your phased plan, deploy the solutions to your wider organization to start getting feedback early.
Many integration plans falter because they jump from the current state to the end state with no mind paid to the interim state in between. When something goes wrong, they have to go back to the beginning, rather than resetting within the interim state and continuing to move forward. Clear, consistent communication with key stakeholders is a critical piece to the overall program. Communicating the overall road map, including interim states, as well as current issues, challenges, and where you are on that road map, is critical to keeping everyone informed and on the right page.
The opportunity of M&As
M&As present great challenges but also great opportunity. Using the four guiding principles outlined above, companies can leverage the M&A transition to reduce and eliminate legacy tech debt.
David Ruggiero is a Kyndryl Consult Partner within Cloud Advisory. With broad and deep experience across multiple industries, he helps customers understand how to transform across their Application Portfolio achieving better time to market, more efficient and cost-effective operations, higher employee engagement, and better business outcomes.