How to Transform Old Applications into Technology Enablers for Your Business
Every business requires updates in key areas from time to time in order to stay competitive and profitable. Updating your old software to something new, including new programming languages, frameworks, and infrastructure platforms has many benefits for your business. You can better protect your investments, run your business more efficiently,
How do you take your legacy systems and transform them into technology enablers? It can be costly and complex if done wrong. Here are 4 ways to do it correctly:
1. Start with an Assessment
It makes sense to start the process with an honest assessment. How are your old applications working for you now? Assessing them will help you discover how much value you could potentially find in updating them. We suggest you plot your current applications in a graph. Make the X-axis the ease or difficulty of updating the application. Make the y-axis the potential benefits of updating the application. Ideally, you’d start with applications that are the most cost-effective and have the highest number of benefits.
2. Monolith to Microservices
Do you have one single application that runs a wide range of processes for you? It is often ideal to break this monolith down into microservices that are loosely connected. This allows you to use the most valuable bits independently, get rid of redundancies that cause it to slow down, and easily add new applications to it in the future. This new collection of smaller more independent applications is often called microservices, and they can make a big difference when implemented effectively.
3. Cloud Migration
The cloud has been around for a long time. Some businesses move to the cloud, but they don’t perform the necessary restructuring that it takes to get all of the advantages of the cloud. This includes things like improved customer experience, the ability to introduce innovation to the company quickly, and supporting changes like regulatory compliance.
You can start by trying out new cloud-based services and seeing what kinds of best practices you should establish for their use. Once you’re secured in their use you can begin the migration process. But finishing the migration isn’t everything, you should still prioritize your applications and their use afterwards to ensure you’ve gotten the most benefit out of them.
You may want to consider using a private multi-cloud service. You get more security and flexibility with these options. There are other cloud-based technologies you should consider using, such as Containers and Kubernetes.
4. Goals and Measurement
In order to make sure that you get the most from your updates, set goals at the beginning of the process and reflect on them regularly. Measure your progress towards those goals and get professional help when you’re falling short.
When you work with Renova IT Solutions, our goal is to gain a deep understanding of your processes and help you transform your old applications to make them more reliable and provide renewed business value. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation today.