In today’s business environment, it is vital to know when to adopt new technology and when to keep current applications in place. The challenge is to understand when maintaining business in an existing environment is more painful than migrating to an improved environment or to modernize the applications in order to mitigate the risks and issues that the organization faces on a day to day basis.
Our view of Legacy Modernization is that it is any action which to some extent mitigates the risks and issues of a legacy application, where these issues have been caused by the ageing of the technology.
This definition means that our global legacy modernization offering not only covers the total migration of applications from one set of technologies to another, it also covers an array of other options which may be more suitable to be organization. Such modernizations may well mitigate the issues and supply the benefits at a lower cost and deployment timeframe. There are so many differing benefits in undertaking a suitable legacy modernization that it would not be feasible to document them all here. However there are some benefits which appear so often that they can be considered pervasive in organizations:
- Unshackling the organization from legacy technology – This benefit assists in mitigating the removal of unwanted infrastructure, software, tools and platforms, the reduction in the skill base required to run the systems, the reduction on the reliance of increasingly rare and expensive skills, the removal of vendor lock-in licensing, the reduction in the Total Cost of Ownership of the systems and many other issues and drivers.
- Moving to a web Browser front-end – This can be a modernization where the base systems are either left untouched or fully migrated. This benefit can assist in mitigating the problem of new employees not being familiar with old screen technologies, lack of validation, users having to handle many applications to undertake a single process, interaction with other systems, third party access to current systems, inability of legacy systems to employ workflows and other front end functionality.
- Reduction in Cost – There are many ways in which cost can be reduced by undertaking a legacy modernization and when coupled with the faster development times and additional functionality in new development platforms, the outcome is that the organization can afford to do a greater amount of development work within the same budget.
- Removing unsupported technology – Running unsupported technology and even dead technology in production is a high risk strategy as the technology will eventually fail and may leave the organization with irretrievable data and processes.
- Remove the reliance on internal modernization Projects – Sometimes an organization thinks that they will be able to undertake a modernization project internally because they designed and built the original system. However the skills and techniques involved in a modernization are quite different to development and maintenance. Internal one-off projects can hit many of the hurdles that modernization teams are able to avoid, the outcome is that those internal projects often fail or
become very expensive.