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About Kees Kranenburg


Solution Lead Low-code Platforms

Kees Kranenburg is a Distinguished Expert, domain Applications at Atos. His field of play is software development and application management and the organization, processes, methods and tools necessary to professionalize them. By consultative selling he has brought AMS strategy and innovation into Application Management engagements. His focus areas are in Low-code platforms, Application development and management, and Outsourcing. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the University of Arnhem and Nijmegen and a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. Kees is the author of the books “Model-based Application Development” and “Managing a Software Factory”.




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Articles posted by Kees Kranenburg

Legacy Replacement with Low-Code

We all know that there is a lot of legacy in our applications today. Most of today’s legacy applications are business-critical. They are voluminous, complex and poorly documented. Their technologies originated from the period they were popular: Cobol, PL/1, Oracle*Forms, PowerBuilder, Progress, C, C++, Visual Basic, and so on. Core business applications are based on these ancient technologies, hindering innovation and increasing…

How to get rid of my legacy applications

Rebuilding a legacy application? Are you out of your mind? Well, no. Let’s give it a second thought. We all know that there is a lot of legacy in our applications today. As ICT industry, we are very capable to introduce new technologies, but we seldom clean up. Consequently, in large enterprises we are facing many technologies originated…

Go against the Tide

You probably know Bob Dylan's song "The times they are changing". For IT it is absolutely true. For a long time packaged-based solutions were preferred above bespoke development. A "SAP, unless" policy was the doctrine for many CIO's. But this is changing. Today, a number of organizations are following an opposite policy to create competitiveness by preferring bespoke development using low code platforms. Initially,…

Low-code Platforms Enable Digital Transformation

Exploitation of new market opportunities requires short time-to-market. It needs a different approach in the enterprise application space: multi-speeds and development continuums. Customer-facing front-end applications – either mobile or web-based – are subject to radical and continuous evolution. The change cycles are short – days instead of months. The DevOps way of working is leading. The governance is task-force like with…

Two-speed IT or 4-speed?

Gartner’s Bimodal IT to succeed in digital business comprises a two-speed IT approach: Renovate the Core and Exploit the New. Renovation of the core IT systems implies an industrialized, ITIL-based service delivery, in which the back-office and legacy applications are standardized and modernized. The changing pace is incremental and evolutionary in long change cycles. The governance is plan-driven and IT-centric based…

Farm Forward with Robotics?

It was Shell CEO Wagner who stated that the industry could learn from the agricultural sector. He was referring to the way Research, Education and Information for farmers were organized and interlinked within the agricultural sector. At that moment (1981) Wagner was chairman of the Dutch Government Committee to advise the government on its industrial policy and he put the agricultural sector as an…

DevOps - The Revival of Empowerment

A Dutch survey among software engineers and their managers showed that software engineer motivation levels have a big impact on productivity, on software quality, and on how software is being developed. The survey also showed that software engineers and managers hold different views as to what actually motivates software engineers. The survey immediately reminded me of the Human Relations…

Cost of Downtime: the imperative of avoiding Lost Sales

According to recent research from IDC, among Fortune 1000 organizations the cost of ‘downtime’ – a critical business application failure – is $500,000 to $1,000,000. And the average hourly cost of infrastructure failure is $100,000. Another survey, from Siemens Building Technologies, shows that 33% of organizations don’t even know the impact of one day’s downtime on…

Service Integration is here Now

Due to multi-sourcing policies, most organizations see themselves confronted with a scattered landscape of ICT Managed Services Providers. Traditionally, different suppliers were selected for infrastructure and applications. Moreover, applications were sourced and divided amongst ERP and non-ERP, core and non-core or merely by technology (Oracle, Microsoft, and legacy, among others). By moving responsibility for ICT budgets and governance to business owners, the…

Business Process Chain Management

Effective business requires effective IT. And effective IT is more than just the sum of all services delivered by individual applications and infrastructure components; effective business processes rely on a set of applications that must work in unison. This is the ‘business process chain’. The quality of a business process chain is dependent on ‘the weakest link’. This means that managing applications individually is…

A Legacy You Don’t Want to Inherit

Today many companies are still dogged by their so-called legacy applications. The past decades hundreds, if not thousands applications were developed with the use of now outdated programming tools. The use of these outdated tools has resulted in poorly supported business processes. In our rapidly changing world companies need to be able to adapt their business processes quickly. The…

DevOps !

Did you just implement an Agile way of working? Well, wake up, because the next hype is already here: DevOps. DevOps is  a combination of Development and Operations. It is a software development method to encourage the communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and operations professionals. The objective of DevOps is to diminish the barriers between software development and IT operations. It covers both continuous integration and continuous delivery. As…

Application Management: Manage Your Business Chains

For a long time organizations have been outsourcing their application management. Initially, outsourcing happened only with servers and databases with focus on availability, response time and cost reduction. Later, applications were also outsourced, mainly those that were technology-oriented: some SAP applications or the Oracle custom-made applications. By having introduced process models like ITIL and CMMI Services, managing infrastructures and applications has…

Free up Your Resources Now!

European Commissioner Neelie Kroes fears a great scarcity of app developers in the European ICT market. She has calculated that 700,000 jobs in the digital economy will be released the next few years. These are not only pure Apps developers, but are also adjoining functions as strategists, project managers, programmers, interactive designers, visual designers and testers. In The Netherlands alone, the predictions…