As a small child I struggled with painting. Yes, I knew what I wanted to paint, but became easily frustrated when I couldn’t quite get my brush to communicate my ideas. I worked at it for many years but as I reached the 6th grade there was little visible progress.
One day, in a fit of sheer exasperation, I threw paint at the paper, scribbled all sorts of nonsense and then dragged my brushes through the mess. There was some structure as I had started out painting the interior of my classroom. Yet the school principal claimed it was a fine interpretation of school and declared it a break-out piece of modern art.
I have passionately disliked modern art ever since. Exactly when did Picasso give up real painting to throw ambiguous shapes on his canvas? When the November / December, 2010, issue of The Connection arrived, the picture of an elephant atop the article by Marty Edelman caught my attention. More Picasso?
Fortunately, I read the article and it’s a well put together story on modernization. Of the many points that Marty makes, two stand out as they resonate with me and confirm other data points I have come across this year.
In explaining that there’s a difference between modernization and service oriented architecture (SOA), Marty describes how modernization is “about modern development, security, and operations practices” and how “SOA is an approach that allows … complex system to be transformed into a network of integrated, simplified and highly flexible resources.” He then adds “achieving modernization is a journey of many steps.”
Marty then makes another observation when he writes of how “no one coming out of college has ever heard of (Tandem’s tools) … (but) after embracing modern development practices … enabled me, as a manager, to hire kids out of college and have immediate productivity from them.”
For me this confirms that the transition from a legacy Tandem to a modern NonStop involves change. But what constitutes change that will have the longevity sufficient to support the investments needed to undertake the changes?
In the same issue of The Connection, Sundaresh Krishnan (Sundar), a program manager with HP, wrote about the Converged Infrastructure - Ready (CI-Ready) partner program. “HP is reaching out to ISVs and encouraging them with special incentives to modernize their NonStop applications,” Sundar starts out describing the CI-Ready program before adding how with credentials “this means your NonStop applications are Modular and Open.”
The value from gaining CI-Ready credentials, Sundar then states, “sets a partner apart from other vendors in the market place.”
Checking through the list of certified vendors on HP’s web site at http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/us/en/partners/converged-infrastructure-ready-solutions.html there’s a couple of names very familiar to the NonStop community, not the least being comForte with its CSL product offering.
The CSL product anchors comForte’s modernization offerings and is an extremely credible way to externalize applications as Web services and to embrace SOA. As Marty noted earlier, this is a vital component as users begin their journey that will transform Tandem into NonStop.
There’s much that remains for HP to communicate the upside potential that comes from gaining CI-Ready credentials and these early wins suggest that ISVs are prepared to help HP pursue its goal. There is a lot of effort ISVs are making to ensure that, as users embrace change, their partners will be there for them throughout the journey. This is art that is surely better appreciated by all NonStop users!