Application modernization refers to updating old applications and making them a better fit for current business/customer needs. Technology marches on and business/customer expectations become higher and higher. Each business has different application needs and the modernization steps will vary based on those needs.
A few myths prevent organizations from recognizing the need to modernize their applications and inadvertently hinder their growth.
Myth no 1: My current software application and infrastructure already serve my purpose
Scenario: Our application works well and customers are satisfied.
Companies might face scenarios where systems may perform well in the current environment. However, legacy applications work well for a certain period and serve their purpose but as technology advances, the organizations will need to adapt to the change.
Reality: Modernization is not about fitting to current needs – but making your business future-ready.
Myth No 2: The Modernization project is expensive and does not fit into our budget
Scenario: By updating our applications, the business processes have come to a halt which is expensive and time-consuming.
An organization must clearly define expected business objectives and its existing architecture. A focused path towards modernization will create a positive impact and make the apps future-ready. Businesses need to identify their priorities to keep the modernization process affordable.
Reality: Modernization is technology-led and tactical; reduction of costs can be done by rationalization and optimization
Myth No 3: Revamping the User Interface is Application Modernization
Scenario: A company tweaks the user interface and facelifts legacy applications for web and mobile access.
Would that be considered Application Modernization?
The first step toward application modernization is giving a fresh look to the user interface. Still, most applications have complex and extensive workflows, and a UI revamping cannot improve the user experience or address a company’s business objectives.
Reality: Modernization needs a responsive user interface that works by addressing the underlying technologies and architecture
Scenario: Our company does not have the resources and tools for modernization
In-depth technical knowledge for application modernization is not a prerequisite. There are many low-code platforms and services providing templates, widgets, and other features that can streamline the time and resources of the IT team in the company
Reality: Modernization reduces the time developers spend fixing a project’s error-prone technical aspects, freeing up their resources to focus on business and other functionality goals.
The Future of Application Modernization:
With technology evolving rapidly, new modernization trends emerge. Modernization is not a “one and done” solution but an ongoing cycle.
Companies must choose the optimum way to update their applications and technologies with modern solutions to solve modern problems. The question should not be whether to implement application modernization or not. It should be How and When.
Before taking the first step, it is vital to evaluate the pros and cons of application modernization for your company and find effective ways to get the maximum results