As these numbers show, SaaS models are destined to become the next grand champion. But should we be throwing our legacy technology out of the ring as we race to the cloud?
For newer companies, designed from the ground up to be ‘cloud-native’ this is most likely a debatable point. But for long-established firms, the challenge is to become cloud-enabled first – and only then attempt the journey toward cloud-native.
This is a challenge nicely summarized by Cynthia Stoddard, CIO of Adobe, in an interview where she described her company’s modernization strategy. The key takeaways being:,
Throwing out old technology and replacing it with SaaS is risky and unfeasible in terms of scaling to meet business demand
Traditional licensing models will need to co-exist with SaaS assets during a lengthy transition period
Legacy systems should be componentized, and gradually brought through into a cloud-enabled architecture