We believe that enterprises are on the doorstep of very important changes in the evolving IT market conditions. New technologies emerge almost every day changing everything and increasing the gap between the modern and traditional systems. Even forward-thinking companies that have been running smart and agile can feel that something is holding them back. With the rising competitive pressures, rapidly shifting business dynamics, and changing demands of connected customers, it is absolutely essential for businesses to modernize their legacy applications if they are to survive.
So, is your business or technology functions ready for the digital world? Prior to the buzzing digital transformation concept to achieve the new value creation, enterprises have to undertake application modernization initiatives to ensure that their technology systems can support the high-performance digital transformation.
Why do companies need to modernize their current landscape?
Majority of the businesses run on legacy applications which come with a lot of shortcomings like non-agility, high maintenance, lack of vendor support, lack of business functionalities to expand, and lack of adaptability and flexibility to the new technology upgrades.
Big IT modernization journey takes the form of Agile/ DevOps, Hybrid Cloud computing adoption, Big Data Analytics, Business intelligence, and deeply embedded security. These journeys dramatically require changes across people, strategies, technology, and processes. That’s why many major brands are pivoting and making strategic changes to scale up, obtain long-term growth and improve flexibility.
- Many major financial institutes have incorporated big data analytics to enhance their services
- Almost 70% of the enterprises consider application modernization and data center vital for their business.
- Almost 50% of the companies have already adopted agile methodologies and its cousin DevOps which drastically improve their ability to change
But before you embark on the actual process of modernization you need to visualize what you want to achieve, clear road-map insight and determine how you want certain things to be.
So, how to modernize your IT?
Define a purpose to modernize
Shifting from a traditional system to modern system is not easy! To some extent, it requires a huge investment in new technologies and operations, hi-tech workforce & training and a new approach to run certain aspects of your business. On top of that, implementing these changes concurrently with everyday tasks is a challenge. Hence, it is necessary to define a purpose.
Do you want to build a completely new migration tool? Will you be able to afford the loss due to the current application downtime, service level breakage while migrating and inaccessibility to the application for a certain time? Or you just want to upgrade certain area of your current system which requires modernization.
So, before jumping on the modernization journey, lay out your strategy accurately ahead of time, define key business metrics and measure the effectiveness and save yourself a lot of time and hassle!
Make ultra-targeted improvements
Don’t rush to change everything at once! Make focused changes and slowly enhance them, allowing your employees to get used to the new systems as they grow. This not only will help to ensure that your employees are on board and that they understand the new technology & its structure but it will also boost employee satisfaction, ROI and long-term efficiency.
A safe way to achieve this is with mobile optimization like the development of a new mobile application which will help you to connect with the Generation Z customers both internally and externally. This will shift your legacy hardware to scalable cloud-based environments while enabling flexibility and speed in operations.
Automate manual operations
Majority of the companies today have manual processes that leaves a room for errors or hinders growth and decreases efficiency. It’s vital to replace these manual steps with scheduled automation. This will increase your efficiency, standardize your operations, streamline your processes and delay human errors.
Benefits of IT modernization
- The future system development cost is reduced
- Enhances service delivery quality while lowering cost
- Boosts control over the process by increasing efficiency and eliminates wasteful processes
- It helps to centralize the geographically dispersed resources
- Streamline workflow integration and enable cross-application code usability efficiently
- You can open your business to new modern languages, agile/ DevOps processes, and interfaces
- You can even keep your trusted system in place while updating areas that need to be modernized