ARTIST - Advanced software-based seRvice provisioning and migraTIon of legacy Software

Project start: 
Monday, 1 October, 2012
Project end: 
Wednesday, 30 September, 2015
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ARTIST targets mainly software owners who need to modernize their applications and business model towards the cloud. ARTIST focuses on the modernization of applications based on three pillars that in most occasions cannot be tackled independently. The business model modernization and the selected deployment model involves some architectural constraints in the application. Furthermore, for companies offering their applications as a service, a transformation in the organizational processes is also needed in order to support the delivery of these services.

ARTIST-based services can be offered by ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) and other owners of bespoke software systems that require modernisation to the cloud. In particular, clients requiring the modernisation of several related software programs will be targeted. In some cases these end clients can perform the modernisation themselves using the tools, providing they have the necessary IT skills base. The effort for the transformation of the product is reduced thanks to the guided process and semi-automatic tools provided by ARTIST.

For software owners of non-cloud software applications, ARTIST can help companies in transforming non-cloud software applications not merely to run on cloud, but to take full advantage of cloud features by shifting to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model.

For cloud providers, the ARTIST solution can be a complement to their cloud infrastructure attracting offering potential customers with non-cloud complaint software a suite of tools. For example, IT consultants who adopt the tools and incorporate them into their own offerings will most likely be oriented around application portfolio management. This will be the case of the larger industrial partners in the consortium. Also, the migration encompasses fewer risks due to a previous feasibility analysis.

For software integrators, ARTIST provides business opportunities in supporting third companies in the migration of their applications.

Going global - ARTIST position paper for Cloudscape Brazil 2015, Tool supported Method to Cloudify Applications


How will your solution/service benefit the end-user? 

Many software companies feel that cloud may bring plenty of new business opportunities to them but do not know how to approach it, or even where to start to migrate their applications to run on cloud. They may see migrating to the cloud as a way of reducing operational costs for code maintenance and ad-hoc customisations for obsolete technologies that are perhaps no longer supported due to a lack of skilled staff. With a fast evolving market, it’s important that they can adapt easily to new challenges. Thanks to ARTIST, they will be able to migrate to the cloud and create future value through new market generation for their products. They’ll also improve customer retention, application performance and increase revenue growth.

ARTIST provides a tool-supported methodology to guide the user in performing the modernization. Unlike most alternatives available today, the methodology is Open Source, is source and target agnostic, and emphasizes the reuse of work from one project to the next. This leads to greater cost reductions and shorter cycles. Additionally, ARTIST lets the user select the best cloud provider for migrating the application. It is focused on Cloud-compliant architectural issues at both application and infrastructure levels and allows code optimization by following a methodology-driven approach. Finally, it includes a feasibility analysis before any investment is actually made, which reduces the risks associated with migration.




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