Overcoming Application Modernization Process Challenges

Today, at the heart of any successful business, is a modern digital environment that runs applications in the background to keep operations thriving.

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Nitin Nijhawan, CDOicon

Those parts weren’t always so fluid, however. In fact, legacy technologies lacked security and had inferior stability issues in the past. Many of these systems are still in use by businesses – even as solutions are becoming extinct.
In today’s fast-paced, digitally-driven business environment, moving out of legacy IT systems is critical. New, flexible and highly customizable applications are making it possible to do more, reach father across the globe, and for far less cost. Getting there, however, is a journey many businesses are either just embarking on, or still hesitating to begin.
The time is now to take the plunge. With a well-defined process and strategy, a successful legacy application modernization journey is possible.

Common Challenges

A well-defined management process requires first understanding the challenges a company will likely run into during the application modernization process and the best ways to overcome them to achieve better results.
For example, issues related to closed architectures and limited integration capabilities can become challenging during modernization. This is why it’s important to partner with an experienced company that has the know-how to conquer obstacles while keeping UX in mind throughout the entire design and implementation.

Winning Strategies

In order to better understand the needs, it’s important for business users, and IT teams to collaborate while assessing the current environment and requirements. Are there applications that you no longer necessarily need for the company to remain successful or are there applications that can be simplified and therefore drive down costs for the business? From this viewpoint, it is also much easier to recommend changes and present ideas on how to proceed with the modernization of applications.
In addition to platform choices (we’ll discuss this is more depth in the next section), there are also the quality assurance, training and maintenance and support needs for the new system to consider.

Moving to the Cloud

Perhaps one of the most critical decisions in an application development modernization process is choosing how the new technology will be housed. Selecting between a service-oriented architecture, commercial off the shelf (COTS) software, or public and private cloud hosted options are some of the decisions that will need to be made.
The best option is the one that leaves your organization future-ready and flexible.
To gain the most benefit, a cloud-based approach makes sense.
According to 451 Research, “34 percent of enterprises will have 60 percent or more of their applications on a cloud platform within two years.”
With the cloud, businesses gain maximum ROI benefits when moving legacy applications to hybrid clouds and also have the option of public and private clouds for hosting data. Building in business continuity and disaster recovery options that keep your business protected and running at all times is another great benefit.
At VLink we help customers move gracefully through all these steps and ensure a successful modernization process is in place. We can partner with you and provide guidance in your application modernization journey.
Interested in learning more about VLinks’s Digital Transformation and Application Development and Maintenance services? Check out this case study on how the team at VLink helped one client move their legacy technologies and applications to a newer, more robust platform.

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