Since the COVID-19 struck the world, a lot of organisations have been moving towards modernizing applications. It goes without saying, today’s pandemic-stricken business ecosystem is full of hardships and uncertainties for organisations worldwide. Therefore, today, upgrading existing legacy applications has become more important than ever following the competitive landscape we all are in.
Future-proofing the legacy applications to sustain the volatile market conditions is a must for organisations today.
In this article, we’ll take you through what exactly is application modernization and how it can be achieved in today’s times.
Application modernization is the process of improving primitive systems to newer high-functioning platforms. So that it is easier to build flexible business processes. Application modernization services are also termed as legacy system modernization. To enhance the performance and capabilities of the existing systems, systematic approaches, techniques, and technology are made to use. It helps the enterprises to keep up with the constantly evolving technology landscape.
“Waterfall model” was followed in the software development practices in the era of 1950-1990. In this model, the software was created, tested and deployed through a process in a very stringent order.
In the 1990s, when the networks began to shift from a centralized, mainframe-based model to distributed and cooperative networks such as the Internet and Intranets, so did the state of the art in software design.
With time, lots of methodologies advanced for modernizing applications. Let us take you through a few of them:
It’s a tested and efficient process that builds in accountability throughout the entire lifecycle. Agile development seamlessly adapts to the continuously flickering customer desires, business needs and technology. Agile development has taken the lead from the primitive models of the mainframe era for a very simple reason: It works a lot better than the primitive models in virtually all cases. Exactly like the modern big data-driven and AI applications work better than siloed mainframe applications.
Legacy systems were more into long, detailed processes, taking longer time to respond for any change whether it is big or small. DevOps on the other hand is the exact opposite. DevOps encourages smaller, continuous, and faster changes, enabling faster response time. It helps streamline the code pipeline by focusing more on automation and iteration. It converts monolithic services into smaller and independently-deployable microservices. With DevOps, it is easier for an organization to optimize their resources and skills to develop high-quality software faster at an optimized cost.
Automation tests can act as a game changer by making the application modernization process both technically and economically feasible. Application assessment, Data migration, code migration, and deployment process can be automated with little to no human intervention. It doesn’t imply that they can do everything but surely can handle a specific portion of the modernization process quite efficiently.
The application modernization process can surely be made easier by employing a team of software developers that is fully responsible for coding, designing, releasing and educating the operations team. Thereby making the modernization process simpler and more efficient.
If you are an organization in today’s world, it is imperative for you to stay flexible and adapt to the changes going on in the market. If you are new to the world of Application Modernizations, let us guide you through. We can surely help you define the scope of your legacy modernization project and create an implementation roadmap based on your priorities!
Praveen is a seasoned IT Solutions Leader and Director at RSK Business Solutions, a technology-driven IT Consulting Company that specializes in Bespoke Software Development, Agile Consulting, Mobile App Development, Smart Sourcing, and much more. For the last 17 years, he has been delivering quality custom IT solutions that help businesses achieve their goals.