How to Select a Legacy Modernization Approach
Part 6 of a 6 Part Series
Legacy modernization presents a real opportunity for IT organizations to increase the organization’s ability to innovate while controlling and often reducing costs. Organizations can take advantage of this opportunity by leveraging continuously evolving advances in platform and software innovations with their existing investments in the business processes within their legacy environment. To make sound decisions on their specific roadmap to modernization, the decision-makers need a solid understanding of what these legacy modernization approach options are, their pros and cons, and the process. In addition, multiple organizational factors should be considered when selecting your modernization approach:
- What technical skills currently exist in your organization?
- How soon do you need the modernized solution?
- What business information does the legacy system contain that provides your organization with a piece of its competitive advantage?
- Have you selected the platform(s) you want your modernized solution to run on? How flexible is your decision?
- What kind of integration needs do you have?
- Is your legacy system currently supporting your organization? Or is it inactive?
- Could your current business processes be optimized to better support your goals?
- How agile does the modernized solution need to be? Are you expecting to make frequent updates? Add integration points?
- How often do you need to implement business process changes? Regulatory and compliance changes? Technology changes?
Answering these questions will provide you with crucial organizational details that will help you select from the variety of commonly used modernization approaches. When looking at your options, it’s also important to keep in mind that the best roadmap for your specific situation may be very different than the solution that works best for another organization. No two organizations have identical technology and application portfolios, so you need to take into consideration your financial and time constraints, the target state, and the human and technical resources available to you for support after your modernization project has been completed.
“Federal IT managers say 45% of their current legacy applications need to be replaced while 55% of them could be successfully modernized (including remediating, renewing, or re-platforming).” MeriTalk – Future Ready Applications: The Modern Legacy https://www.meritalk.com/study/future-ready-applications/
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Ready to start on the path to modernizing your software with a practical approach? Using an Agile modernization approach with proper planning and the right people on your team will put you on the path to success. The development team at QAT Global is experienced in modernizing legacy applications and working with clients who have complex environments. Put your next modernization project on the path to success, start the conversation with our development team today.