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NexGen Application Transition Methodology

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249494D
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-01
Document File: 4 page(s) / 94K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a new knowledge transfer methodology called NexGen Application Transition (NexGen). While the traditional Application Transition approach follows a waterfall model, the NexGen Application Transition follows an agile approach and contains a different type of learning model.

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NexGen Application Transition Methodology

Information Technology (IT) outsourcing generally involves transferring application development and support knowledge from one or a group of current resources to a new person or a group of resources from an IT vendor, which takes over the development and support responsibilities. This process is referred to as Application Transition (aka. Knowledge Transfer). The current resources involved in this process could be a client’s resources or could come from an incumbent vendor. Currently, the methodology followed for transferring the knowledge adopts a three-phased approach that follows the traditional waterfall project approach. This traditional approach has inherent problems that make it rigid and difficult to adapt for agile based application development and maintenance environments. In addition, when clients look for cost effective solutions, the traditional knowledge transfer approach was longer and added higher cost, going against the client’s need.

While every competing IT vendors have respective knowledge transfer methodologies, vendors commonly follow a three-phased approach in a sequential fashion. These phases include, Knowledge Transfer (aka. KT or Training), Shadow and Reverse Shadow. These traditional phases have wait times while moving between phases, are rigid, and lead to longer knowledge transfer duration and relatively higher costs.

To address this situation and resolve the mentioned constraints, the novel contribution is a new knowledge transfer methodology called NexGen Application Transition (NexGen) . While the traditional Application Transition approach follows a waterfall model, the NexGen Application Transition follows an agile approach and contains a different type of learning model. This is a completely new methodology currently not presented in any prior art.

NexGen follows the Learn and Perform as small chunks of interrelated functions in a cyclic fashion until all the knowledge areas to be covered are completed. This uses the principle that a theoretical learning of a specific topic, if followed immediately by practical demonstration and hands on work, reinforces the knowledge of any specific area.

Additionally, NexGen leverages cognitive computing and automation technologies to enhance the overall learning experience. This includes using features such as speech to text, image recognition, and cognitive knowledge management capabilities.

Figure 1: NexGen Learning Model (core of NexGen Application Transition)

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NexGen methodology starts with an Overall Planning phase followed by Sprint Planning, Sprint Execution, and Steady State, represented as four stages. Stages A and B involve transition planning. Stage C consists of the learn and perform activities as a single unit for a group of interrelated functions or application area, with an assessment included at the unit level. Stage D indicates the completion of the application transition and an entering into a steady state. N...