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Best Approach to Modernize Enterprise Application

By CIOReview | Wednesday, December 21, 2016

In today’s competitive business world, enterprises are trying to keep up with modern technological advancements. Yet, often IT professionals use legacy applications which act as a barrier for enterprises undergoing digital transformation. According to Gartner, 60 to 80 percent of an average IT budget is depleted on maintaining the existing mainframe systems and applications. The outdated legacy applications cannot match with the increasing data demand and therefore makes the app sluggish and obligates frequent maintaining and patching to operate efficiently. Also, maintaining the legacy applications has been challenging for many organizations because of the cost, and abandoning them could lead to a significant loss in terms of competitive advantage.

When it comes to re-architecting apps, the best and most effective solution is to renovate the existing application and modernize the road map. By doing so, enterprises can preserve the business value of legacy systems, while reducing the operational and maintenance cost connected with management of existing technology. Besides, it enables applications to be open to additional capabilities like integration and web services.

Modernizing application involves two approaches: optimizing in-house platforms and moving data into the cloud; enterprise can choose either of the approach to repurpose old applications. But, there is no guarantee that both approaches are completely safe from risks. So what is the apt method to modernize application without any risks?

“Lift and shift” to cloud is one of the common cloud migration methods to capitalize on cloud benefits, such as agility, scalability, and most notably cost-efficiency. In this approach, the applications are recoded, restructured, and repurposed for the specific cloud platform, providing legacy application a new life and a new purpose, though it allows organizations to take an in-house app and replicate it in the cloud without altering its design. Most of the times, applications that are shifted to cloud cannot reap complete benefit of cloud features, resulting in “bleeding costs”. Therefore, it is not considered to be the most cost-efficient migration approach.

While modernizing the applications, enterprises must ensure they surpass all the barriers that include slower performance, poor scalability, high expenses, frequent application failures, and even system crashes resulting in poor performance of the systems. But with following app modernization steps, enterprises can conveniently steer through legacy modernization process and make the necessary updates with few issues.

App Assessment

By conducting application assessment enterprises can identify which legacy system to be modernized. It also allows enterprise to set a foundation for determining and isolating business rules. It includes evaluating both the operating systems.

Analyze the Worth of Legacy Data Migration

Another crucial step of modernization process is identifying how important it is to move and store the data. Enterprises can allot priorities to determine which data is in high priority to be modernized. In this way, it will be easy for IT professionals to understand significance of each data category and prioritize it accordingly.

Conduct Application Security Threat Assessment

In this process, all the vulnerable data are listed along with potential weaknesses in the system, which can be exploited from outside. Once this is done, IT professionals can prioritize the weakness depending on severity and appropriate actions can be taken to mitigate the risk.

Impact Analysis

While undergoing digital transformation through app modernization, Hacktivism is the important variable to focus on. To mitigate the risk, it is better to assess vulnerabilities within the applications and identify high-risk areas, and based on the impact enterprises can enhance security.

Cut Down Data Loss

To reduce the risk of information loss, enterprises implement data loss protection safeguard. With this, they can identify tools that are right for the organization, conduct a cost-benefit analysis, and determine the ROI. Selecting cost-effective safeguards include setting up stronger passwords and data encryption.

Following such best practices will assist enterprises to manage and enhance the application more efficiently. In order to keep up with current technological advancements, concurrently reducing the cost and to stay ahead of the curve, organizations should learn and understand the best approach for application modernization. By doing so, organization can reap accurate benefits without losing data.

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