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Application Modernization – Three risks to avoid

In order to fully take advantage of new technology and the innovations that come with it, companies need to readily adapt to the changing business environment and this includes updating tools and processes involved in running businesses –this is where software modernization comes in.

There are trusted software names that has served firms and industries for many years but just like any technology product, they can soon become obsolete. Regardless of how they were the pioneers in their prime, the performance and benefits of using these software applications have become too limited and incapable of responding to the growing demands in today’s business processes.

However, many companies who took the next step to make a technological transformation and change the underlying software understood that there are hazards that they should watch out for before they can fully benefit from software modernization.

While some of them learned their lessons the hard way, the experiences of these failures have shed light on the risks that business owners like you should avoid when aiming for application modernization.

  1. Underestimated Costs

There’s a reason why not everyone is in the rush for modernization. One of them is its cost. Deciding to modernize your application can be a financial challenge and trying to rush into it without really having a clear view of the possible expenses can pose a problem in the future. For this reason, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the transformation processes that you’d possibly go through and anticipate possible extra expenses.

  1. Overlooked Requirements

Modernizing a legacy application does not only involve migrating data from the old software to a new platform. Most organizations don’t realize that they also need to integrate both data and functionality to a new structure. In other words, application modernization is an overall redevelopment process that removes the outdated code in order to upgrade functionality and improve agility.

The requirements of achieving true modernization can be daunting especially if you lack the expertise and skills in identifying the elements involved in the transition. For instance, taking analysis and planning for granted are often the most overlooked requirements when modernizing.

In other words, you need to create a roadmap, a carefully planned timeline before, during and after the process of redesigning a software that will stay with your company for many years.

  1. Appropriate Test Coverage

Testing should be done to the highest standard and this is the reason why it requires the biggest single expense in the process of modernization. Typically, the coverage of tests ranges from 80% or 90% for the code to be considered sufficiently tested.

Executing tests exposes system and functionality errors found in the new implementation. For instances, tests on legacy applications often show omissions as well as errors in business rules and requirements.

Application modernization is an essential step that every company should never take for granted. However, it’s a daunting process that can be labor-intensive, complex, costly and often risky – but there’s no time to be intimidated because you don’t have to do this on your own. Let Integritas Solutions help you succeed.

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