Market-driven in the present, skills for the future – in our opinion, the service portfolio of an IT company must represent a healthy mix of established services and well-founded visions. The services are of high quality, scalable from medium-sized companies up to the very large enterprises, with a degree of innovation that suits everyone.
The visions are backed up by internal IT research. We often have the right intuition What we try out one month out of curiosity and foreboding, is requested by the customer the next month. The fresh findings are immediately transferred to projects or product development.
Core topics 2020 – cloud, mobile and standardization – IT development is known for its speed. A few years ago it was already predicted that by 2020 all computing will take place in the cloud and users will only work with mobile devices. There is still a long way to go, and we have a feel for where each customer is on this path and what they can achieve in the short and medium term. Technically, economically and as an innovative change. The motto is: Not to burn money in every hype, but not to miss a train and always remain competitive.
All customers strive for standardization, because individuality costs money. There have been waves of standardization since IT has existed. We know what can be standardized and support our customers in doing so. But we also know where standardization can become a dead end. In these cases we are available for the most complex problems with competent individual software development on the most modern platforms.
In principle, applications should be checked from time to time to see whether they represent an optimal solution at the present time.
Negative answers to the above questions are triggers for an application migration. The most frequent concrete occasions in our customer environment are …
… Application relocation to the cloud.
… the adaptation to modern Cloud technologies.
… the use of mobile devices and thus new requirements for user interfaces.
… changing the application platform, e.g. leaving the Notes/Domino platform.
The expectation that “everything is better and also more cost-effective” is not easy to fulfill. Sometimes compromises have to be found in the small things in order to achieve the goals in the big things. This challenge is the attraction for us.
Our traditional customer segment as IBM Business Partner were the large Notes Shops.
For various reasons, many of these customers have migrated from HCL Notes / Domino to Outlook / Exchange or Office365 in the last few years or are still planning to do so.
We see ourselves as proven experts for these migration projects. An excellent know-how for the Notes source platform is required, especially since the mail system often still has an extensive application landscape on the same platform basis. A comparable skill level for the target platform, whether in an on-premises architecture or in the cloud, is of course required.
Initially, the customer needs a perfect overview of his initial situation, he needs to be shown the scaling options in a migration project and be guided to a result with appropriate user acceptance. The efforts to be made may differ even with the same customer size. One customer likes it a little more cost-effective and casual, the other one strives for absolute perfection with maximum comfort for the end user. We have the right experience and the right answer for every requirement.
Of course, after a mail migration, we do not leave the customer alone with his Notes application landscape, but find suitable solutions there as well. Which brings us back to the topic of application development.
holistic-net has many years of application development experience of all sizes and in various industries. In the distant past, we have been involved in Notes application development and have learned about and helped shape the business processes and application needs of our customers over decades. At present, .NET Core for the backend development and Angular for the frontend are the hottest software platforms.
The focus has changed in many ways. Today, applications must be operable with a large number of different devices, they are no longer necessarily operated in the customer’s data centers, but in a cloud, and the hip development platforms and frameworks are subject to rapid and continuous change.
As far as tools are concerned, the balancing act between innovation and investment protection must be mastered. No trend is missing
You can’t skip any option due to lack of skills, but you also can’t continually throw everything out of whack. Our customers must also be able to manage innovation, the applications must also be able to run successfully.
The advantage in 2020 is that we will no longer be developing monoliths, but will be thinking in terms of components that can be optimized individually.