Opinion leaders guide tool interoperability and incorporate best practices in legacy application modernisation

London, UK - ASG, a worldwide enterprise software and professional services provider to Global 5000 companies, announced today its role as a founding member of the Legacy Innovation Group, a consortium composed of technology professionals to guide product development and services based upon industry best practices for modernising legacy applications. The announcement came from the floor of the Gartner Application Development Summit 2003.

Representatives from consulting and technology vendors joined with ASG as founding members of the Legacy Innovation Group. Member organisations include:

- Everware
- Fair Isaac Corporation
- Knowledge Partners, Inc. (KPI)
- Soamaï, Inc.

"Companies are challenged to manage all the changes required to modernise their legacy applications," said ASG Senior Director of Product Management Barbara Errickson-Connor. "This consortium will define the steps needed to accelerate the modernisation process. As a team, we will work together to ensure tools, methodologies and best practices are seamlessly integrated."

The Legacy Innovation Group will define the processes, methodologies and technologies required for enhancing the modernisation process. Best Practices will be translated into specifications that will provide uniform guidelines to software vendors, integrators and consultants. Integrating best practices into multiple vendor services and product offerings will deliver seamlessly integrated products for automated modernisation of legacy applications.

"At the end of the first meeting, the truth is the value of our shared experiences is tremendous," said Soamaï Marketing Vice President Isabel Lefort. "We definitely must share this expertise with the industry, and deliver our consensus guidance to customers for their legacy modernisation work."

The Legacy Innovation Group agreed that automating the steps of a modernisation effort could save companies a significant amount of time. Member experiences indicate that at least six-to-eight weeks can be saved in the preparation process by combining tool automation with appropriate methods and techniques. Overall, time-saving for the entire process can amount to months, and for some companies, years of effort.

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