Application modernization is a growing area of focus for enterprises, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The question is, why? Because business leaders feel increasing pressure to drive innovation. Key drivers identified are digital trends, remote work, and escalating customer expectations. No industry is immune to these dynamics. Businesses evolution is imperative in order to succeed, which is why so many organizations opt for digital transformation.
Organizations must evolve to succeed, which is why many embark on a digital transformation that includes modernizing applications with the cloud. If your organization has not begun app modernization with the cloud, it is essential to start building a business case. Below are a few points to consider:
The key to note, cloud migration is a daunting task and considering the scale and expanse of many organizations, apprehensions are understandable. However, the future clearly signals a shift to cloud-native solutions and businesses are approaching a tipping point regarding its adoption.
“By 2023, enterprise spending on cloud services and infrastructure will be more than $500 billion. Adopting the cloud is no longer primarily about economics and agility – it is becoming enterprises’ most critical and dependable source of sustained technology innovation.” (IDC)
Meanwhile, despite a plethora of benefits, modernizing applications and embracing cloud-native solutions is not without its share of challenges.
Continuing on legacy applications and outdated technology is becoming less feasible with each passing day.
Meanwhile, the culture is changing with behaviour and preferences changing in step with the technological possibilities available in the world. Employees, clients and stakeholders simply expect more than what old-world solutions are capable of delivering.
One of the primary challenges in migrating to a cloud ecosystem will be:
According to a 2020 Cleo report, 63% of businesses consider legacy applications to be their biggest integration challenge.
Changes will pose challenges for those used to the legacy applications since it might present a shift as fundamental as going from command-based interfaces to graphical user interfaces. Transferring the vast amount of data on existing applications must be handled efficiently. Care must be taken to migrate this data to the cloud in an optimal manner so that it can be used to extract actionable information and insights to drive business objectives and fuel growth.
A transformation roadmap is essential for achieving cloud adoption goals and getting your company from its current state to its desired state. These roadmaps address various areas such as digital business strategy, technical architecture, and IT staff and process maturity.
For cloud adoption, a transformation roadmap typically includes:
The finished roadmap must show an evolution of your application landscape as your organization transitions from the current state (legacy) to the future state (modernized). The roadmap should also highlight business and technical outcomes along the way.
Additionally, the future state should consider long-term technology trends and feasibility as well as business considerations for digital product offerings and revenue streams. One must execute a cloud adoption strategy within the context of budgets and timelines, preferably with business value delivered along the way.
Cloud-native solutions enjoy a wide range of benefits that arise from deploying, testing and managing applications all on one scalable and connected platform. This approach helps to accelerate application development while allowing businesses to optimize existing ones. Efficient load balancing and enhanced information exchange will be made possible due to high runtime speeds.
There are several technologies fundamental to application modernization:
Time-to-market is a crucial factor in the success of services in the competitive, technology-driven business landscape and cloud-native solutions will help them achieve this with faster development-to-deployment cycles. Cloud-native applications can leverage the efficiency of DevOps and its automation capabilities in vastly improving the speed of development.
The new decade has accelerated the adoption of cloud solutions but there needs to be an accurate understanding of the challenges involved in the transition, which may be unique to organizations depending upon their existing application frameworks. If handled correctly, businesses can start to tap into a world of possibilities and new business opportunities, and deliver better value to their customers.
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