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Modernizing your legacy applications can maximize your productivity and enhance the quality of your products or services. A good quality product increases the return on investment (ROI). From the customer experience to the operations, every segment of the modern organization relies on accelerated, best-quality software delivery. However, if the enterprise has more legacy applications, it can hamper business outcomes due to the lack of support or its ineffectiveness to meet the requirements of an organization. To make the accelerated legacy application modernization strategies successful, the enterprise must maintain full commitment, starting with leadership. By modernizing legacy applications, you can reorganize the tools and technologies to the future need. An example of legacy modernization with acceleration- The banking sector needs to maintain a modern, reliable digital banking experience for its customers and regularly have to update it for a seamless user experience. They need to understand the need for modern vital signs monitoring tools to accomplish their needs. Infusing intelligent automation into your delivery pipeline can accelerate the process and generate quality outcomes.
Legacy Modernization is an unavoidable and essential part of a cloud-first digital transformation. However, before your enterprise can begin its modernization journey, it’s necessary to assess if it’s feasible for your business.
Enterprises are firmly embracing modern cloud and container platforms. On the other hand, transforming thousands of applications for modern microservice architectures or replacing them is a cost and time-consuming process. You need to acquire an approach that allows you to collaborate efficiently to deliver high-quality applications at the speed of business to create agility and portability. A completely automated migration that uses refactoring technology will enable you to manage digital modernization without obstructing business operations.
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Companies believe digital transformation is the way to increase customer engagement and satisfaction. Accelerated legacy modernization benefits organizations to engage in future cost avoidance, not only optimizing the costs related to legacy applications, but also those of future upgrades to produce modern or structured services.
The risk of failure is higher for legacy applications based on outdated technologies, and support is more challenging. Application modernization needs a shift in mindset. You need to analyze the business process, issues, inputs, outputs, impact, and solutions with current technologies and capabilities. For instance, a straight translation will not give you the same functionalities when transforming a COBOL application to Java. In addition to that, the transformation of legacy monolithic applications into loosely coupled service-oriented systems needs a shift not only in code but also in the pattern of architecture. Today’s infrastructure technologies, such as microservices and serverless cloud, allow enterprises to regenerate the same features and functions, not just duplicating them. The test automation tools available in the market, such as IntelliSWAUT, can help your team make a more effective and successful modernization project.
Legacy applications often contain millions of lines of code written. It is a difficult task for humans to understand the codes and document the legacy code. Automating the modernization process solves all these challenges. An in-depth evaluation and perception of the software structure is the only way to understand the software. To speed up the discovery and analysis phase, modernization teams need to evaluate their legacy software efficiently. It isn’t about dependency mapping but also automatically documents every plan of action and the communication with other procedures, transactions, databases, and batch processes.
Once the architecture and environment are finalized, the product owner should use an effective platform to collaborate and define the solution clearly for the development team. This improves the liberty of the development team, along with their confidence, which results in improved flexibility and high quality outputs.
“If you need to modernize legacy applications, the best approach depends on the problem you’re trying to solve.”
Identifying the right approach is one of the essential steps in the modernization process.
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The benefits of legacy modernization and key highlights
Serverless allows enterprises to shift more of their operational responsibilities to the cloud without depending on a server, improving their agility and innovation. It removes infrastructure management tasks and enables you to develop and run applications and services effortlessly.
Serverless architectures also help developers save time and energy. It allows them to focus on their core product instead of managing and operating servers.
Microservices are enclosed in containers. Therefore, developers can scale them quickly since they are smaller because copying them takes less time. Further, microservices provide an entirely different approach to separate the components of business logic. As a result, they make way for possibilities such as speed, scalability, and in-team communication while staying agile in the quickly changing world. Many organizations have rethought their models to tackle transformation issues and adopted microservices application architectures to reap maximum benefits.
It’s similar to rehosting applications on the cloud, but it also involves replacing some components to benefit from the new cloud infrastructure.
Common changes include modifying how a program communicates with the database to take advantage of automation. It leads to better scaling and usage of reserved resources in the cloud environment. In addition, this approach allows developers to reuse the resources they have pre-built.
The excellent and valuable user experience with a continuous focus on the project cost and risk management defines any modernization initiatives’ success. Organizations can build flexibility by adopting the cloud for changing business needs. They can transform legacy systems to a modern digital technology stack through Agile, and DevSecOps approaches for better agility. Ultimately, a platform-centric modernization process enables organizations to innovate faster. With the cloud, intelligent automation, open-source software, and performance optimization, companies can minimize the cost of modernization and enhance stakeholder experience.
Sun Technologies’ help enterprises migrate legacy applications to the cloud with automated solutions, and reduced risk. We clearly define the end goals from the business stakeholder’s perspective to ensure it is not just IT-focused but delivers the expected business results. Our innovative solution accelerators allow you to modernize the legacy ecosystem, including databases, applications, infrastructure, and data. Our experts streamline business processes, bring enterprise-wide change, interacts with teams, adopt a flexible architecture, and takes a phased approach to implementation.
Before starting with anything new, it is vital to assess the risks and challenges associated with the process. Enterprises can modernize the legacy apps in many ways, but labeling these by preparing the exact modernization strategy can remove application modernization challenges.
Below are a few of the common modernization challenges:
To meet the above challenges, companies need a unique approach to application modernization that makes the transformation successful. Unfortunately, while driving the technology innovation, some enterprises diverts from the features and bombard the applications with new features.
You need to follow the best practices while trying to execute legacy modernization:
The tried and tested approach followed by Sun Technologies can potentially help you make your legacy app the best while eliminating all the traps and ensures sufficient flexibility to adopt all at once modernization. We leverage modern technologies, tools, and frameworks that deliver expected business outcomes. Our automated solutions make legacy application modernization economically and technically profitable. We help companies to develop a customized modernization strategy to upgrade legacy systems, thereby driving agility and innovation.
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