What Is Application Modernization?
Application modernization is the process of updating or upgrading an application, but without changing or replacing the core coding. This process can be invasive, involving intensive re-coding, akin to building the app from scratch. That said, non-invasive modernization is also possible, using third-party services, such as the modern cloud or web-based frontend.
Why Would You Need Application Modernization?
The main purpose of application modernization is creating business value from existing applications designed for specific purposes. Any old apps in use today need reprogramming in order to make them compatible with modern computing devices. This step is necessary as some of these devices did not exist when the app was first developed. The main concern is that the older legacy systems of these apps are not compatible with modern operating systems. Upgrading the legacy systems can prove an expensive endeavor for any business.
A smarter option is switching to cloud, mobile, or cognitive platforms. These platforms help businesses save millions of dollars by boosting efficiency and enhancing quality. Modern applications use the updated Node.js tech, a cross-platform with an exceptional runtime environment and development platform. Moreover, the platform follows a non-blocking input/output approach.
How Does Application Modernization Work?
COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) dates back to the 1950s, as compared to the more recent Java and C#. An application modernization process performed on COBOL would involve rewriting the existing application code to a more user-friendly, web-friendly interface. Simultaneously, the developer has to salvage the parts of the application that have business value in the contemporary settings in which they function.
The Challenges of Application Modernization
Modernizing legacy system can throw up several challenges. These include issues with data migration, lack of qualified personnel, lack of funding, and difficulty in obtaining the source code and documentation.
The application modernization process also requires re-engineering the entire business model. This way, the application can support the line of business requirements. However, you may face application design limitations and the cost of support could be greater than you envisaged.
What Applications Usually Need Modernization?
Usually, modernization is limited to certain categories of software. These categories include Micro Focus, Progress Software, Capgemini, EMC, and IBM.
Application Modernization Services
We offer affordable and reliable application modernization. You can integrate new functionality in older platforms through this process. The steps involved include re-platforming, re-hosting, re-purposing, replacement, re-engineering, interoperability, re-architecting, and consolidation of legacy software programming.
Application modernization should be business-centered and focus on upgrading the app for multiple platforms. Also, it should be an ongoing process. A wise move is to focus on old apps that are functionally relevant today, rather than just modernizing an app for the sake of it.