Modernizing and/or Migrating legacy applications to Cloud Architecture Saves Time and Money
The same technologies that make the Cloud work also represent best practices for a modern IT environment. These components typically consist of a front end platform (fat client, thin client, mobile device), back end platforms (servers, storage), and a network. Combined, these components make up cloud computing architecture. We believe including legacy applications in this cloud architecture through modernization is the best course.
Transformix focuses on modernizing Legacy applications so that they are cloud architecture compatible through the following steps:
- Adopting a Cloud Architecture Strategy for All Applications
- Modernization Tools and Techniques
- Migration Tools and Techniques
- Development Tools and Staff Modernization and Consolidation
The Transformix Approach
A recent McKinsey Quarterly survey of global executives on the impact of participatory Web 2.0 technologies (such as social networks, wikis, and microblogs) on management and performance. The survey found that deploying these technologies to create networked organizations that foster innovative collaboration among employees, customers, and business partners is highly correlated with market share gains.
Also, several sources including JD Power and Forrester report that a utility with 1.5 million customers can save $1,387,500/yr by implementing customer self service using mobile and web applications. The savings are much more dramatic with 3 million customers the utility can save $2,775,000/yr. Therefore, even if it cost the utility $1,387,500 to modernize their existing application which is unlikely, the ROI is less than one year!
What we hear most often, in the context of cloud, typically has nothing to do with Legacy applications. The promised benefits from cloud hosting are mostly focused on applications other than Legacy. The most important reasons for this are that typically Legacy applications do not run on platforms that are hosted in the cloud and their architecture is usually not suited to the kind of integration needed for cloud-based usage.
Also at issue are newer technologies such as mobile and web applications in the organization. Mobile devices, web applications and social media use, necessary by organizations with Legacy applications, present additional challenges. Similar integration issues make the use of these technologies with Legacy applications more difficult than with newer application types.
Legacy staff skills can also be at odds with the use of technologies normally associated with cloud and modern applications. Maintaining these skills is becoming increasing difficult due to the aging of those with the requisite skills and the lack of new developers who are willing to take their place.
Cloud technologies (architecture components), those hardware and software components that are used for networking and interoperability, are not normally associated with legacy applications. However, when one looks at the advancements that have been made in development tools and networking one can see that by modernizing legacy applications in a strategic way, it can help simplify some of the complexity in today’s modern IT environment and can make it so that legacy applications can gain compatibility with newer applications. More specifically, it can mean that Legacy applications can be adapted in a way that makes them suitable for integration with newer and cloud-based applications.
Legacy applications can be made to play well with others through modernization.
Transformix specializes on helping originations with legacy applications position those applications on equal footing with newer applications by modernizing them to be Cloud compatible.