Legacy Modernization: Continuous Improvement Is Possible

“Modernization” has become a buzzword for many people as they update their systems and innovate applications over time. Legacy modernization takes long-running applications, often applications that haven’t had the best maintenance over the years, and modernizing them to fit in with the existing user interface or data management structure. When done incorrectly, it can cause instability and shutdowns that require extended downtimes and complex maintenance.

However, when done correctly, legacy modernization can add value to your business.

What is Legacy Modernization?


Legacy systems include your mainframe, distributed systems, client-server, and all of the different architectures you have in place. A legacy system is one that most people within your organization know and appreciate because it runs and provides value.

Legacy modernization takes that legacy system and converts, rewrites, and ports the existing applications to a new language that utilizes different libraries, hosting platforms, and protocols. The goal of legacy modernization is to transform your systems while extending the value beyond merely investing in a new platform. While some legacy modernization will be a one-time project, others will slowly change over time with multiple projects.

Legacy modernization looks different on all companies and organizations. Sometimes, legacy application modernization supplements using web front end or using modern software to create new applications that transform the data coming from the legacy applications without changing the application itself at all. Other times, it may include replacement of legacy applications with newer applications that do the same things.

Benefits of Legacy Modernization

After you have updated the web interface or the application, you will see continued satisfaction with it. Legacy modernization improves user satisfaction and your overall modernization attempts. Mobile is a vast market and taking an application from a desktop computer to a tablet or to a smartphone saves time, effort, and improves performance.

Ongoing legacy modernization is less costly both in terms of time and money than replacement. It preserves your current system and requires less training and learning than other methods for modernization.

Think of legacy modernization as meaning continuous improvement and deployment for your application. These practices support any changes you make and add value to your apps. Of course, there is risk there as well – but modernization allows you to anticipate the risk and plan for problems ahead of time.

Legacy Modernization Techniques and Approaches

It is standard for companies and organizations to take their existing applications and modernize them while maintaining them at the same time. Using your IT team, legacy modernization techniques and concepts happen every day, though they are small and do not require the skills and planning that large-scale legacy modernization does. However, legacy modernization strategy isn’t a part of the framework for most companies because there tend to be other pressing matters – this is why it almost always happens in larger sections.

Once a substantial shift has taken place, you can then put legacy application modernization strategies into the hands of your IT team so that they have daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly, tasks that keep everything up to date.

Legacy Modernization Trends

Currently, modernization as an ongoing activity is the trend. Changes within your business change the applications, as does the ever-advancing world of technology. A legacy modernization roadmap allows you to plan for these changes as well as anticipate any downtimes or problems that can emerge.

Right now, the focus needs to be on starting with the user interface, making your applications and system available on mobile devices and tablets. The next step for many will be data modernization and replication, which has more enhancements than some other steps will have.

Once again, each organization is different which is why there is no true legacy modernization framework that you can follow – you have to build your own from the ground up.

Legacy Modernization Challenges

As you make changes to an application, there will be incremental disruptions that may cause a loss in productivity. This is normal, though needs to be avoided whenever possible. A legacy modernization roadmap will break down the project into smaller units that can be run in phases or at particular times when you may not need the functionality.

Handling any of this by yourself or in-house is dangerous and opens you up to many different kinds of risks.

Legacy Modernization Services: Call Us Today

Our legacy modernization services help you to keep costs down and reduce the amount of stress put on your IT team, keeping them open to create value and maintain your business. Our specialists provide you with the support for the most prominent questions and the smallest details. We can help you to make decisions about renewals, replacements, retirements, enhancements, consolidation, and rebuilding applications that you already use.

We will extend the life of your legacy applications while significantly decreasing the costs when compared to replacement. With our help, this process won’t interrupt your business for extended amounts of time. The results will be a more manageable, sustainable solution for your applications and platforms. Contact us today to get started – the earlier we can begin, the sooner you can be modernized.

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