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Sofware Waste Disposal

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Ideas for remedies
Current organizations in business and public administration are in a long-lasting process of digital transformation. New opportunities one the one side, a call for more efficiency and efficacy on the other side create an increasing demand for information systems in general. Every new system, however, generates additional system complexity if its operation does not dispose of legacy at the same time. Fields are not green anymore in most cases and therefore, the digital landscape of an organization already covered with many known and unknown elements of technology. This talk addresses awareness and strategy to cope with the increasing complexity within a system of systems based on practical examples of large-scale enterprise endeavors.
Presentation by Netcetera CEO Andrej Vckovski at EUROCON17 in Ohrid, Macedonia.

EUROCON is a flagship event of the IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Middle East and Africa) held every two years in a different country with participants from all over the world.

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Sofware Waste Disposal

  1. 1. Dr. Andrej Vckovski Software Waste Disposal IEEE EUROCON 2017 6–8 JULY 2017 OHRID R. MACEDONIA
  2. 2. Software Waste Disposal Dr. Andrej Vckovski IEEE EUROCON 2017 6–8 JULY 2017 OHRID R. MACEDONIA
  3. 3. Why am I here? Why and how is this topic interesting? Why is this relevant? Ideas for remedies
  4. 4. • 350 connected participants (banks, intermediaries) • 440M transactions (2015) • >500B CHF payments on peak days (that’s 75% of GDP) • 3∙1013 CHF per year • Availability > 99.97%
  5. 5. Quelle: https://www.augmentit.ch/
  6. 6. Verkehrshaus Luzern : Visualisierung Quelle: https://www.augmentit.ch/
  7. 7. Netcetera | 10 Internet of Things
  8. 8. 11
  9. 9. Platforms Arrival & departure In-/outlet Track management & scheduling
  10. 10. Platforms Arrival & departure In-/outlet Track management & scheduling
  11. 11. New System Old System ~40 primary data consumers >100 secondary data consumers • 30 years old • Mainframe/COBOL • Two failed attempt to replace New System Old System Much more operations cost From managed redundancy to many inconsistencies
  12. 12. A pattern …. Introduce new system Decomission old system Everything will be okay “Because of XYZ we don’t shut down the old one. Doesn’t bother me to keep it alive”
  13. 13. • (from: “Mainframe Transformation – The Elephant in the Room”) “…. 18% of respondents confirmed that they had redundant applications eating up unnecessary MIPS and had no means of identifying and retiring them …”
  14. 14. A wallflower …. Different reasons for aging: • Technology • Business needs • Organizational changes
  15. 15. Cost of non- disposed of software waste Complexity Wrong allocation of resources Agility Unknown risk in the portfolio Power, cooling, space, licenses
  16. 16. «Technical debt» relief is important If you don’t want to drown in software waste, decomissioning is key. The interdepenencies of applications doesn’t make it simpler. Without cleaning up, maintenance and operations cost will eventually eat up all IT budget.
  17. 17. Within systems and “system of systems” needed waste
  18. 18. Todays reality 1000+ applications, highly interconnected
  19. 19. Why is that so difficult? Incentives? As project manager, I have more pressing issues than decomissioning old stuff. As business owner launching new stuff is more interesting than shutting down old things. Dependencies Technical – human - commercial unknown– undocumented
  20. 20. What can you do? • Have a current application inventory • Including metrics • Track technical debt • Know who knows: Human and technical dependenices.
  21. 21. What can you do? • Financing of the disposal as part of the overall project scope • Element of non-functional requirements, e.g., with tenders • Element of the business case
  22. 22. What can you do? Use and teach design elements such as: • High attention to interfaces and data. Who owns data, who owns interface? • Applications need to be able to export data in a system-neutral way • Applications need to collect and report usage analytics • Remove unneeded/idle application parts as soon as possible
  23. 23. Information Technology Electricity Heat Benefit Hardware Software

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