What is Application modernisation and why should you consider it.
Application modernisation is the process of updating and improving the architecture, design, and functionality of an existing application to make it more effective, efficient, and relevant in today's technology landscape. It can involve a range of activities, including:
- Refactoring the codebase to make it more maintainable and scalable.
- Adding new features or functionality to the application.
- Migrating the application to a new technology stack or platform.
- Adopting modern software development methodologies and practices, such as agile development or DevOps.
- Integrating the application with other systems or technologies, such as cloud services or data analytics tools.
The goal of application modernisation is to extend the lifespan of an application, improve its performance and reliability, also to make it easier to maintain and enhance over time. It can also help your organisation take advantage of new technologies and business opportunities, and better meet the needs of their users. At Towers Associates, we have aided multiple companies reach their goals when it comes to taking on any platform and application modernisation project.
There are several steps you can take to get started with application modernisation:
- Assess the current state of the application: Before you begin modernising the application, it's important to understand its current state. This includes its architecture, codebase, dependencies, and any technical or functional limitations. You may want to conduct a thorough analysis of the application to identify areas that need improvement, and to determine the scope and resources required for the modernisation effort.
- Define the goals and priorities for the modernisation project: What do you want to achieve through modernisation? Do you want to improve the performance and reliability of the application, add new features or functionality, or migrate to a new technology stack? Clearly defining your goals and priorities will help you focus your efforts and resources and ensure that the modernisation project is aligned with your business objectives.
- Develop a plan and timeline: Once you have a clear understanding of the current state of the application and your goals for modernisation, you can begin to develop a plan and timeline for the project. This should include a detailed breakdown of the tasks and resources required to complete the modernisation effort, as well as milestones and deadlines for each stage of the project.
- Gather the necessary resources: Depending on the scope and complexity of the modernisation project, you may need to assemble a team of developers, testers, project managers, and other specialists to help you complete the work. It's also important to budget for any tools or technologies that you may need to support the modernisation effort.
- Execute the plan: With a solid plan in place and the necessary resources at your disposal, you can begin executing the modernisation project. This will typically involve a combination of code refactoring, feature development, and technology migration, as well as testing and deployment activities. It's important to stay on track and manage any risks or challenges that may arise during the modernisation process.