Moving Legacy Applications to the Cloud

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Digital transformation and cloud migration are two buzzwords that describe how business leaders look for effective ways to optimize their core business infrastructure. The significance of moving existing legacy applications to a cloud environment and enhancing them to attract and retain customers, push organizational development, improve operations, and stay competitive is continually increasing.

This year 70 percent of businesses are expected to accelerate investment in digital technologies, transforming current processes to optimize staff productivity, customer experience, as well as resiliency. Modernizing your legacy applications and systems helps to improve business performance and instill greater intelligence across the organization.

Failing to modernize your legacy applications can hold your business back from achieving sustainable growth:

Legacy applications, of course, can be extremely crucial to business operations, making a seamless migration to the cloud for application modernization imperative for your organization. Read this blog to learn more.

Common Pain Points of Legacy Applications

Legacy applications can cause challenges due to outdated technology, functionality, and architecture that hinders business value, user experience, performance, agility, and increases IT expenditure, adding to risk and complexity. Here are some common pain points:

Why is Modernizing Legacy Applications a Necessity?

Forward-thinking businesses are adopting innovative thinking and methods around cloud migration and modernization. Here is why:

Benefits of Application Modernization and Migration

Today, organizations want agile, smart, and intelligent business IT applications. Consequently, this implies an increasing necessity to migrate from legacy technologies to cloud solutions. It can seem like an overwhelming task but done well and with the right team, it is more than worth the effort. Making the jump to cloud technologies can transform traditional businesses. Let’s look at the enormous benefits of application modernization and migration:

Improve IT costs

Modernizing helps cutting back on capital investments because IT infrastructure and resource expenses move to cloud providers like AWS or Azure to oversee maintenance and operations.

Improve efficiency with agility and scalability

To stay competitive, it’s imperative to pivot in new market situations and fast line up resources based on requirements.

Gain useful insights

Exploiting big data and leveraging innovative technologies like AI help to create new insights to optimize performance and delight customers with a superlative experience.

Optimize security and minimize risk

Integrated cloud security successfully lessens disruption risks and accelerates current operations in a monitored environment using an automated, centralized workflow.

Innovate quickly

With app modernization as well as migrating to the cloud, you can make the most out of modern technologies to help make major decisions and gain useful insights into new possibilities for development.

Build an agile and strategic workforce

Modernization will help your business create a workforce that’s more agile, mobile, and strategically driven to meet customer and market requirements faster.

Cloud Migration Strategies

The cloud migration process is unique to every organization whether you choose Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or another provider. There is no single formula even within an organization. Every application, piece of infrastructure, or database to be migrated is related to various compute, expenditure, complexity, security, and efficiency requirements. The difficulty of moving any given legacy applications depends on the current architecture, support model, licensing, and other investments related to your on-premises software and hardware.

Your plan for migrating to a cloud environment will vary based on the size and environment complexity. The basic steps to begin the process include:

Plan: Be clear on your reasons for pursuing a cloud migration and which approach to choose. Begin by evaluating your existing environment and assessing the requirements based on the application resource needs.

Choose your cloud environment: Next, determine what type of cloud model you need to implement. Whether you opt for the public, hybrid, private cloud, or multi-cloud, depends on which of these best suits your current as well as future requirements.

Move your applications and data: With proper planning, your cloud migration can be a smooth process, but be sure to also include a focus on security needs and preparing for data backup and retrieval.

Verify post-migration success: You can’t officially claim your cloud migration is effective without proof – the migration should work as anticipated. Korcomptenz’s cloud migration services and solutions can help identify and document the benefits of migration by assessing pre- and post-migration application efficiency from a technical and business standpoint, using a low-risk or secure test environment.

Korcomptenz’s Approach to Application Modernization

We have developed a proven and effective strategy for application modernization that supports low-cost incremental, low-risk modernization while delivering value at each phase of the process.

Assessment: Evaluation (Accept, invest, migrate or streamline, and estimate) of your application portfolio.

Application Migration:

Modernization:

Optimization:

Application Modernization Approach

Application Modernization Path

Legacy applications often prove a major obstacle for companies undergoing digital transformation. Applications built on obsolete platforms employing older programming tools are challenging and inflexible to modify. However, innovative technologies and tools are emerging that help business leaders modernize their current applications and maintain system investments that are still significant for the company.

At Korcomptenz, our cloud experts look at the current trends in app modernization such as microservices, DevOps, Platform as a Service (PaaS), and more to figure out the essential role in application development best practices.

To overcome common challenges, here are six application migration strategies popularly called The 6Rs. They are Rehost – Lift and Shift, Replatform, Refactor, Repurchase, Retain, and Retire.

Our App Modernization Services

We delight customers with application modernization services that help cut back on cost, alleviate risks, boost agility, as well as create a unique user experience and new revenue streams.

Our all-inclusive services for your app modernization requirements include:

Consulting: We examine your legacy application architecture, infrastructure, and code, and then guide you on the enhancements to help your business gain maximum benefit from any preceding investments and meet new business needs.

Application Improvement: We ensure system re-design and re-architecture to increase stability, scalability, efficiency, and security.

Database Migration and Integration: Migrate from legacy databases to the current ones and build automated workflows to connect data from various sources.

Platform migration: We help clients migrate legacy applications/modules to an advanced platform, moving an on-prem app to the cloud.

Cloud is a major buzzword today and some clients have already migrated to AWS/Azure. Are you ready to take the leap of faith? Let’s have a look at the following scenarios:

Re-platforming mainframe with cloud

Re-platforming can help by migrating your current mainframe applications to open distributed systems, making it simpler to scale resources to meet user requirements.

Over time, organizations need to overhaul their software, adding features to an existing service to eliminate obstacles affecting your business’s capacity. This leads some companies to replace their mainframe with something new or completely rewrite applications, which can be a major strain on budgets.

Today, mainframes continue to support major applications in several businesses, providing software that is fundamental to their organization.

Modernize Mainframe Applications with a Hybrid Cloud Approach

To meet the ever-evolving demands of a digitally transformed company, customers are keen to modernize mainframe applications to improve agility, boost investment value, and modernize rapidly.

AWS Mainframe Modernization service lets customers streamline their workloads with their highly accessible and managed runtime environment.

You can adopt a cloud-native approach to build and modernize applications to improve agility and speed for enhanced productivity. Some customers choose a hybrid cloud strategy, blending on-prem and cloud services as needed.

How Customers Benefited from AWS Migrations

A popular GPS-supported navigation app that uses the location data of customers in real-time as well as user-proposed reports to recommend optimized routes.

Challenges: Though this application already migrated to the cloud, rapid expansion resulted in production challenges. The major pain points were:

There was an urgency to look for a way to ensure feedback reached the users quickly while removing or alleviating production hassles.

Solution: The business chose to continue an active-active architecture through several cloud service providers, AWS and GCP to increase the flexibility of production systems.

A certain software platform was used by doctors, and medical professionals to handle their practices, safely and share data as well as oversee billing, workflow, and other duties.

Challenge: The platform had to be created new from its original company to function independently. So, all data had to be moved out of the original company’s data center. The challenges were:

Solution: The platform was already using the cloud data management services of a company and so, it was effortless to migrate the data to AWS.

How Customers Benefited from Leveraging Azure Migration and Modernization

Microsoft helped these customers with cloud migration and modernization:

A leading health organization in the US migrated to Azure that helped in:

A popular pizza restaurant benefited by moving to Azure by

A major international airport thrived by migrating to Azure by:

A leading organization specializing in global education and cultural opportunities benefited by migration to Azure by:

A leading transport and logistics business was successful with Azure migration. Here is how:

Korcomptenz, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, can guide you through these migration steps and ensure the success of your project regardless of the path you take.

The Korcomptenz Advantage

Korcomptenz’s enterprise-level cloud adoption, consultancy as well as advisory services focus on developing, running, and overseeing our client’s existing inflexible infrastructure, and applications in a hybrid environment that includes multiple clouds, on-premises, and the edge. We are a Gold Certified Azure and AWS partner, empowering our clients to attain a multifaceted understanding of their daily operations transforming their IT cost-center into a robust tool to speed up business model change, reduce TCO, and optimize cloud investments.

Conclusion

Move your legacy applications to the cloud in a way that allows you to experience the greatest impact, delivering the maximum value to your business. Before your modernization process begins, you need to understand the various legacy app modernization possibilities, plan their effect on your core technology, functionality, and migration needs as well as evaluate related expenditures and risks. Collaborate with a modernization partner to assist you in your legacy application process. Visit us for a free consultation today.

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