Rapid changes in the technology landscape have made software modernization an imperative for organizations of all sizes. As IT systems grow and evolve over time, legacy applications that have driven operations for decades become problematic, difficult to integrate and costly to maintain. This is why 74 percent of IT decision-makers in a recent Forrester survey listed modernizing legacy applications as either critical or high-priority initiatives.

Older apps simply weren’t architected for today’s web and cloud deployment strategies. Designed to execute very specific tasks using rigid processes, they don’t integrate with modern distributed and layered architectures. Additionally, updates become increasingly difficult as the people who wrote the original code move on to other jobs or into retirement. Often, the original source code is lost altogether.

And yet, a rip-and-replace approach isn’t always the desired course. Some legacy apps represent years of development and intellectual property, providing custom functionality that continues to provide a competitive advantage.

Modernization projects are designed to preserve this functionality while opening up new avenues for innovation. Sometimes this can be accomplished with a new interface that allows the app to be extended and used in new ways. Other situations may call for a more extreme rework that involves rewriting code.

The crucial first step in a modernization project is a thorough assessment and inventory of your software. Legacy applications should be evaluated based on their overall value, the importance of the business processes they support, maintenance costs and risk of failure. This evaluation can help identify your modernization priorities.

The assessment should also help establish the most logical approach to modernization. In some cases, you might want to rebuild the app using modern frameworks. In other cases, you may be able to re-host the application and its components in the cloud without making significant changes. Finally, there may be instances in which it makes sense to simply replace the legacy app altogether using either packaged or SaaS offerings.

For most organizations, software modernization is beyond the scope of what they can handle with in-house staff. Whether migrating to a cloud platform, creating a new interface or writing new code, modernization requires specific skills.

With specific expertise in software development and the latest IT platforms, SSD Technology Partners can remove much of the risk from a software modernization initiative. We can guide you through the assessment process and help you develop a detailed project plan and timeline. After that, our team of development experts can begin the process of either rewriting, porting or replacing legacy software.

Our team will test often throughout the project lifecycle to quickly add new features, change functionality or make bug fixes. Our strategies ensure that the application addresses both immediate tactical needs and long-term strategic requirements.

Legacy applications are often the foundation of a business, supporting critical processes that have worked well for years. However, these applications are often expensive to maintain, inadequately documented and poorly architected for new technologies. SSD has the expertise, tools and established processes to help you modernize these applications while preserving their functionality.