Modernizing the application portfolio is a critical step in any cloud migration. Building agility, reliability and scalability into enterprise software will position organizations to respond more effectively to continuous change. And application modernization efforts don’t need to stop because of Covid-19; they just need to be re-imagined.
In an IDG/Cognizant study from 2019, still relevant though, about half of responding companies (51%) said they’re in the midst of modernizing their applications as part of their cloud migration efforts. In addition, 17% cited application modernization as the top priority for cloud adoption.
Organizations are looking to application modernization to streamline IT architectures and improve their ability to respond to the accelerated pace of change – now a hallmark in the era of digital business. Specifically, respondents see application modernization as a way to do the following:
Larger organizations are also bullish on cloud-based application modernization as a way to move beyond the traditional data center environment, according to the study.
Ensuring a smooth migration
Overall, companies are having success with their application modernization efforts, with 83% claiming to be on-track or ahead of schedule with deployment. Some challenges remain, however, including finding talent skilled in cloud migration, navigating change management issues and overcoming hurdles associated with legacy migration efforts.
We advise companies to take the following steps to pave the way for successful cloud migration:
Application modernization is a critical part of the cloud migration journey. With a long-term strategy punctuated with short-term wins, organizations have the best chance of success. What do we do when a crisis like Covid-19 hits then? Application modernization efforts don’t need to stop; they need to be re-imagined and made more flexible. Work can be accomplished remotely. Processes can ensure continuity and progress. New technologies and tools are empowering remote work like never before, and teams can deliver regardless of their location.
Learn more about application modernization by visiting our Core Modernization section of the web.