Legacy applications can be a major hurdle for organisations looking to use emerging technologies to grow, up efficiency, outdo their competitors and take their operations to the next level. If your legacy systems don’t play nicely with your modern software applications, your digital transformation efforts are likely to be quite bumpy.
It’s a bit like trying to play a DVD using a VHS player; you’re going to have some trouble getting this right. Luckily for modern enterprises, software is more flexible than hardware so it’s possible to upgrade software developed on out-of-date platforms and modernise these applications.
What is app modernisation?
App modernisation is the process of “taking old applications and the platforms they run on and making them “new” again by replacing or updating each with modern features and capabilities that better align with current business needs”. The process either entails updating older systems and software to include desired new features (rewriting the code), replacing the older system via a rip-and-replace process or rehosting/replatforming legacy applications.
Why are you doing it?
When it comes to app modernisation, deciding where to start can be tricky. This is especially true because there are so many different ways to go about it. As a starting point, it’s usually best to carefully consider your requirements and define your business objectives. This entails coming up with a holistic image of your digital real estate; from detailing how different applications are connected and defining your old processes to incorporating new ways of thinking and reconsidering your resources.
Ultimately, the success of your app modernisation efforts comes down to creating a comprehensive strategy and then carefully selecting the apps that stand to benefit the most from cloud, improved speed, performance, scale and new features.
When assessing why you’re modernising your legacy apps, it’s also important to think about communication, change management and stakeholder alignment. The people part of any change cannot be overlooked.
As technology evolves, your apps will need to be modernised to meet your advanced needs. Want help on your app modernisation journey?
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