Legacy Software Modernization
Just because your software is old doesn’t mean it’s not valuable. Others may be telling you it’s time to rewrite. Maybe it is expensive to change and risky to deploy. Changing one thing breaks two others. And recovery takes a lot of time, disrupting business. Whether you repair, replace or rewrite, your team needs a modernization strategy and execution plan. Equip your team, the experts in the system, with the application lifecycle management tools and methods necessary to modernize your legacy system so that your business can continue to grow.
Modernization of legacy systems is one of the most urgent business challenges that loom over mid-market companies running custom software. The proliferation of competitors using newer technology, along with customer expectations of a seamless desktop-to-mobile experience, means that businesses running legacy software must adapt or face extinction.
Mid-market companies relying on aging custom software face a variety of risks, including the types that have dominated headlines recently, such as cyberattacks and glitches that lead to devastating system meltdowns. By far the most common challenge that companies encounter with legacy software, however, is the staggering cost associated with unplanned application downtime.
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Source: IDC and AppDynamics, 2015
Software Modernization – Every Legacy System is Repairable
Modernizing Legacy Software Costs as Little as 20% of Replacement Systems.
Modernizing your legacy software system will deliver a far better ROI than the alternative of replacing it. Unlike replacing a system, software modernization comes with the advantage of building on the original system that worked well for years and now merely needs to be refreshed.
A full-scale modernization of an existing system typically runs 20% – 40% of the cost of developing a brand new one. This means mid-market companies will have more money to invest in other critical areas of the business.
Modernization does not jeopardize the current system’s performance. In the typical software modernization project, improvements are made alongside the existing system and are then integrated into production only after rigorous QA testing.
With expert assistance and good application lifecycle management, mid-market companies can see a fully-functioning system that will deliver more functionality while utilizing newer and more scalable technology than ever before. Software modernization allows internal developers to focus on longer-range, strategic projects rather than having to constantly wrestle with an aging, dysfunctional system.