Business application modernization isn’t just about rewriting an app from one programming language to another. It’s the process of converting a legacy system into a modern infrastructure, architecture, and features.
Let’s say your company uses an outdated CRM system from the times the business was relatively small. As the company grows, you may need to add new features like searchable invoice history or quick invoices to clients.
Old monolithic suits are not capable of upgrading—you’d either have to use a different tool or continue to issue invoices manually. Not to mention errors and critical issues the old software starts throwing in time.
In this case, application modernization may refer to moving to cloud-based architecture to introduce new modules and features faster, changes in the security model, and UI update.
UI/UX design often has to change to adapt to new standards and business requirements
Why Is Application Modernization Required :
High Maintenance Costs
Modernization of enterprise-level applications does come with a price tag. But a new MMIS system pays off in just ~2 - 5 years—and at once eliminates UX issues, frequent outages, and issues with meeting today's security requirements.
Just as technology and software become more advanced, so do cyber threats. Viruses, malware, and attacks are critical for outdated software as cybercriminals know their weaknesses and exploit them.
Limited Business Opportunities
Legacy software does not fit in with the needs of today’s customers and employees. Especially when it comes to remote operations. According to a study, developers that work with modernized applications are 40% more productive. The right choice of technology can help make engineering teams more efficient and improve time-to-market.
Where Does Applications Modernization Start From?
So, there’s a need to modernize your business applications—and quickly. How to complete modernization without cost overruns, missed deadlines, and project cancellations?
Start by reviewing what you already have. As soon as you access your current application, you can start making plans to increase its value by modernization.
Start with studying all aspects of the current solution—code, architecture, UI design, and decide on how scalable the software should be, taking into account your future plans for business growth.
Choose the modernization approach together with your development team. Decide if you're going to move the system to another architecture, migrate to the cloud, or expose functionality via APIs.
Legacy systems often have a complex monolithic architecture, so when planning modernization start with including only must-have features. Think whether it's worth to use the microservices architecture approach to make the product scalable.
Make sure developers offer a future-ready technology stack that depends on your project specifics. The right tech stack allows devs to build a performant, reliable, and scalable product.
Your employees have probably been working with the old system for years, and it'll take time and guidance to adapt to the new software. Be ready to invest in staff training—to make sure your team will make the most of the modernized solution.