Modernization of digital applications: a strategic priority for companies in order to compete in today's world and keep up with the times
THE PROBLEM OF COMPANIES TODAY
Application modernization today is a strategic business priority.
Traditional (legacy) applications in fact:
- Are not flexible: introducing and modifying functionalities or integrating other systems is difficult, this holds back the ability to meet the increasingly pressing needs of the modern businesses;
- Have usability limitations, constrained by outdated technologies that do not meet the expectations of new digital native users;
- They are often poorly maintainable, due to the layering of work done in the past and the accumulated technical debt, as well as the difficulty of finding new staff with the necessary skills.
Legacy applications, therefore, are unable to provide the characteristics of adaptability that are essential today to implement the digital transformation of an enterprise.
WHAT DOES APPLICATION MODERNIZATION MEAN?
Modernization sometimes coincides with technology porting, which does not change the use cases themselves, although, more often, it is also an opportunity to rethink and evolve applications functionality, to provide an answer to business needs that have been stalled for years because of the difficulty of meeting them with the old rigid systems.
Architecturally, it is possible to opt for a radical move toward a cloud-native architectural model or for a more gradual approach, retaining the current data and/or business logic framework in a first phase, encapsulated in a layer of APIs to enable user experience renewal, expansion of user channels, functional extension and integration with other applications.
Essential DevOps practices and tools are also managed both in the design phase and for subsequent management (test automation, CI/CD, container orchestration, log collection, monitoring)
WebScience over the years has developed its own original methodology and a set of tools called W-Smart to serve application modernization. The W-Smart framework (WebScience Simple Metrics, Artifacts, Repositories and Tools), combined with the Agile methodology, is able to contain time and costs and ensure an incremental and iterative approach oriented to value generation
The modernization of enterprise applications is a strategic lever to ensure business continuity and support business evolution: