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AWS, Azure Partner Asperitas Releases Application Modernization Framework

‘I see the future growth coming from our partner ecosystem, and them bringing us into things because it pairs nicely,’ Cameron Hatten, Asperitas Consulting executive vice president of sales and marketing, tells CRN in an interview.

Asperitas Consulting has made its proprietary application modernization accelerator framework available for large and mid-market businesses to speed up cloud infrastructure adoption.

Asperitas, a Chicago-based consultancy whose partners include Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS), has developed the framework over the past 10 years for organizations in highly regulated industries to move critical applications to cloud infrastructure, according to a company statement Tuesday.

Cameron Hatten, Asperitas Consulting executive vice president of sales and marketing, told CRN in an interview that large enterprises have struggled not to adopt cloud, but to adopt new processes that benefit from the cloud.

“So many customers of ours and of the hyperscalers have adopted the cloud in a big way,” said Hatten, who joined Asperitas after more than a year in enterprise sales with AWS. “It’s just they‘ve adopted it in the same format that they adopted technology previously. They just moved the problem. They use the same processes. They ultimately use the same technology – just in somebody else’s data center.”

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The key to Asperitas’ framework is working backward from desired business outcomes to explain the return on investment, Hatten said.

“We’ve seen a lot of enterprises make an edict where everything needs to be this or that. Leverage serverless or containerized,” he said. “And these edicts don’t necessarily build in the appropriate kind of business process, thought process – working backwards from what good looks like, and then just making decisions. And our framework essentially helps them do that. Make decisions and make them quickly – before you execute them, understand the return on investment, and then go execute it.”

The framework incorporates containerization, serverless technologies, continuous integration, continuous delivery, infrastructure as code management and other cloud architecture tenets. Asperitas then works with clients to figure out how to use its cloud investment affordably and securely, according to the company.

Founded in 2016, Asperitas designed the framework to work with any vertical, Hatten said. His company works in some of the most highly regulated spaces and has worked with global systems integrators (GSIs).

Hatten declined to name any customers. Asperitas has implemented its framework with dozens of Fortune 500 companies, according to the company. Its customers are in finance, manufacturing, education and other fields.

Hatten said that Asperitas is exploring more partnerships with vendors. “I see the future growth coming from our partner ecosystem, and them bringing us into things because it pairs nicely,” he said.

The consultancy has fewer than 50 employees, with 12 practice leads and engineers to support them, he said.

Continuing to educate customers on the benefits of a proper cloud architecture is how the company will keep bringing new services to customers, he said.

“Our distributed network architecture offering is relatively unmatched – even when we first talk to organizations about it, they‘re trying to wrap their head around it because they’re so focused on this 20-year-old network architecture they have,” he said. “They can‘t wrap their head around how to rip that out and completely change it. And then once they do, when the light bulb goes off, it’s how fast can we get started.”

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