Changing Priorities: IT During a Crisis
It’s hard to imagine a more unexpected and abrupt disruption to global society than we have now. One of the curious features of the COVID-19 crisis is the way so much of life continues, unnervingly, while so much has fully stopped. For IT, it means critical systems remain critical—possibly more so—while teams are separated, loads rise or fall, and people struggle with balancing personal and health concerns.
IT can’t stop. But priorities change. Amongst our partners and customers, we are seeing:
- Much greater need for remote access
- Priority around availability and disaster recovery
- Deferment of some bigger architectural effort, like the long anticipated replacement of legacy systems
Often, the first priority is ensuring host access is available from any device or browser. Many users moved home, and new users may be drafted in to use and manage the applications during the crisis. To help, Rocket is offering our BlueZone Web terminal emulator for free until October 1, 2020. We want to help everyone stay safe but productive around the world.
A disaster of any nature seems to cause companies to consider their broader preparedness plans. It’s only natural. So, we are seeing companies shore up their IBM i systems with an HA/DR solution to create a warm site for failover in an emergency. The dangers we are facing now have less hardware impact, but remind us of the vulnerability of our core systems and the potential impacts on revenue.
Deferring Legacy System Replacement
Finally—the bigger projects. Every year, pundits predict the end of legacy systems. These enormous efforts to rip out and replace the core systems of a business are necessarily being deferred now. Other priorities take precedent.
However, with a deferment comes the time to consider alternatives, like the fact that a legacy system is pretty robust. The application may just look dated or require some development work. These things can be fixed with far less cost and effort than a whole new solution. You can rapidly build an API to the UI, business logic, or data. You can reskin and streamline the application as a web app. All of your development can happen in an integrated DevOps context, with your favorite tools like Git, Jira and Jenkins. There are alternatives to rip and replace—and they are often far faster and easier
As you’re hopefully working from home, keeping your systems running and managing your priorities, Rocket is standing by to help however we can. If there is something we can do, please ask.