What are the App Modernization Challenges and how to address them?


June 14, 2020
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Legacy App Modernization Challenges

Upgrading your aging applications with new architecture and features provides them with a new lease of life, prevents them from becoming obsolete, and creates compelling business value. Though there might be an ocean of reasons why we should modernize apps, there are still a few App Modernization challenges, at least in the minds of people. Some organizations resist modernization because of the familiarity offered by the legacy apps.

Since App Modernization involves moving the app to cloud, enabling mobility, and of course the option to add AI and BI to the mix, it is imperative for organizations to overcome these mental blocks and challenges and embrace some form of App Modernization.  Some commonly thrown reasons for not going for App modernization are –

  1. Huge budget
  2. Too complicated
  3. Don’t want to be cloud-dependent
  4. No one will understand our legacy apps

Key App Modernization Challenges

Modernizing cost and duration

Every organization’s pain point and project manager’s nightmare is the budget overrun. Moving away from the current system to a newer platform, subscribing to cloud technology, new architecture all being a costly affair is a myth. Cost is not actually an app modernization challenge; Cloud is actually the biggest money saver to happen to IT. And all other costs of modernizing pay for themselves eventually.

Existence of legacy systems as well as new systems

For organizations that are having a large footprint of legacy systems, App modernization is a daunting task. App modernization, in this case, is more complex since it needs to be carefully managed. During the modernization process, the entire business process may come to a standstill. Another myth. App modernization processes have been broken down into very simple and stages process that can handle with ease 1 app or a thousand app at a time. Business continuity is at the core of all app modernization techniques.

Integrating on-premise and cloud infrastructure

Organizations, when they decide to modernize, do not want to abandon their existing software/ application that is built and deployed on their on-premise infrastructure. Having some apps in the cloud while retaining some apps on-premise may lead to inefficiencies and operational silos.  Myth #3.  On-premise and cloud apps can tenant together and stay integrated to provide a complete 360-degree view of the business to you.

Managing changes

Legacy systems are generally decades old. Finding a workforce that has built or worked in that application is hard or impossible to find. Since the system is outdated, it leaves us in the absence of information or the required skills to migrate the data from the legacy system. The process of migrating your legacy systems to a new, modern platform all at once is complex. It could run the risk loss of crucial data if modernization is not performed efficiently. Myth #4. All technologies have been evolving gradually that for an experienced team, it is not only easy to understand how the legacy apps have been built, they can also re-create all logic from the existing database.

Address the App Modernization Challenges

Before deciding to opt for anything new, it is vital to evaluate the risks and challenges associated with the process. An organization can modernize the legacy apps in many ways, but addressing these by preparing an appropriate modernization strategy can eliminate these app modernization challenges.

PreludeSys is a trusted Microsoft Gold Partner with two decades of experience in modernizing legacy applications for our clients across various portfolios. We helped our clients to achieve success in their Application Modernization and development using Microsoft Azure. If you want to know how we can help you in your App Modernization and Digital Transformation journey, talk to us!!

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