Apps have become an important part of today’s business model functioning as they help streamline critical business processes. Many businesses have been modernizing their approach in order to survive in the booming digital economy.
Application modernization is the refactoring, re-purposing, or consolidation of current applications to attain evolving business goals as per the existing state of the market. Sometimes, application modernization is not given due priority because of legacy systems (old methods/technologies for carrying out business tasks).
Legacy modernization/software modernization is used for the conversion, rewriting or porting of a legacy system to modern computer programming languages, software libraries, protocols, or hardware platforms. Legacy modernization helps maintain updated, consistent logs, and reports from anywhere at any time and is much more effective when compared to paper-based legacy systems.
The process of application modernization includes the strategic alignment of application needs with business objectives, Application Rollout assessment, and Roadmap Enterprise Architecture/Platform strategy assessment, due diligence & integration of IT, and application development using .Net, Java, and Open source technologies.
Approaches to Application Modernization
Moving to the Cloud
More revenue is being generated as organizations are switching to apps on the cloud. Companies can migrate existing virtualized apps onto the cloud or can build cloud-native, service-oriented apps that replace the features and services available through a server OS with cloud services that can be accessed via APIs.
Replacing Resources with SaaS
Organizations are replacing their current systems and extending their current policies to include SaaS-based solutions. Market predictions project an increase in the use of SaaS-enabled human capital management systems. SaaS-based applications help organizations by eliminating the need to install and run applications on their own computers/in their own data centers. This helps organizations get rid of operating costs for hardware acquisition, provisioning and maintenance, and app licensing, installation and support.
Integrate Tightly with DevOps
Upgrading enterprise applications is easy when modern UI is used along with tight integration with consistent deployment tools and procedures such as DevOps. The use of enterprise applications can make the provision of new components fully automated. This can be achieved by integrating virtualized application environments with tools to provision the current infrastructure.
Improve Legacy Applications
Often, a situation arises wherein the dependency on legacy systems is high, and it is not possible to move away from them entirely. In such cases, new business functional and technical tools and procedures are introduced into the legacy system in order to keep up with the changing dynamics of the business.
The challenges for legacy systems includes:
It is not always possible to introduce new features into legacy systems, as modern businesses often need modern technology to meet the changing needs of the customer. Also, for new business requirements, it is not possible to adapt to legacy systems. If a legacy app relies on old hardware to operate, finding vendor support can be difficult for a new venture. Unavailability of talent in creation, development, and maintenance of legacy technologies is also a factor to be considered.
Application modernization success is achieved through:
The most efficient modernization projects focus more on those spaces where there is a higher risk of issues and a greater opportunity for improvement, rather than focusing completely on legacy applications.
Design, Planning, and Implementation
A detailed study of mobile applications can be conducted to find out options for application modernization and their use in critical business environments. The desired tools and strategies can then be used to roll out the solution to end users efficiently.
Application modernization and migration trends are used for repurposing and upgrading old legacy systems to make them more compatible with the latest technology. Legacy applications can affect business operation adversely as maintaining them often requires excessive resources and time. When legacy software becomes incompatible with the underlying system software or hardware, further difficulties may arise. This is a major reason for businesses to modernize and migrate their applications. Migration also allows them to avail the many benefits that it provides.
Upgrading the old characteristics of existing application assets will save time and effort, and minimize expenses. Legacy systems are often slow and cannot deal with the large flow of data in today’s world. Market demand for modernization increases as competitors upgrade to newer technologies. Thus, modernization, when required, allows companies to fit in the fast-paced world of technology.
Despite the challenges associated with modernization, it also delivers exciting opportunities for growth and promises a new era of modern systems for today’s fast-changing business requirements.
Legacy modernization is vital in the growing customer-centric market. In order to survive and flourish in a fast-changing world, application modernization should cover the entire product life cycle, use modern software architectures, and focus on end-to-end business capabilities.