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Digital transformation is pivotal in the current world of continuous change. Technology is the cornerstone of productivity and efficiency, making Application Modernisation more critical than ever.  

Outdated systems are notorious for their clunkiness, inflexibility, and security vulnerabilities. It’s time to embrace the solution – Application Modernisation. Discover how our expert services in Application Modernisation can propel your business into a future where efficiency and security are paramount.

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What is Application Modernisation?

Application modernisation refers to the process of transforming and updating legacy systems to meet modern business requirements. By modernising ageing applications with new features and capabilities, you’ll be better aligned with the current technology landscape.

Rather than replacing an entire system, modernisation extends the lifespan of your legacy system giving your organisation the ability to run operations more smoothly and continue thriving in the digital economy.  

Since our establishment, Antares has seen countless systems come and go. This will inevitably continue in this modern age as new technologies rise and replace old ones.

We have customers Australia-wide and as one example have helped Standards Australia successfully modernise their systems by delivering increased capabilities that delivers productivity, speed and efficiency.

Our tried and tested methodology for application modernisation ensures we take a holistic view on your entire process from start to finish. The end result: a tailored solution that breathes fresh life into your technologies and boosts your competitive edge.  

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Approaches to Application Modernisation

There are several migration options for your legacy applications, so it is important than you carefully evaluate your goals and current environment before selecting a method.

  • Encapsulation

    Encapsulation is one of the fastest and lowest risk methods of systems modernisation. This process involves leaving the source code in its original state and connecting it to a new interface that enables external access to microservices via APIs. The application is modernised at a display level with zero impact on existing infrastructure and the back-end code base.

  • Rehosting

    This method of modernising legacy applications involves lifting and shifting the existing systems to a new physical, virtual or cloud infrastructure. Rehosting is a very quick and low risk approach as there are no modifications conducted on the source code or existing functionalities of the legacy system. It is one of the most straightforward approaches that increases performance whilst still retaining the familiarity and features of the current interface.

  • Re-Platforming

    Re-platforming is similar to rehosting, however it involves the extra step of optimising the system before it is redeployed to the cloud or another form of infrastructure. Some code and modifications of components will be made to ensure that the system adapts and suits the new platform. This approach is more complex than the previous two, however still largely keeps the existing structure and functionalities as-is.

  • Re-Factoring

    Organisations that are satisfied with the existing functionality but require a modern framework for the application to operate should opt for a re-factoring approach. Re-factoring involves restructuring the code without affecting the external capabilities of the system. A major benefit of this approach is its ability to remove technical debt whilst simultaneously improving the efficiency and performance of the application.

  • Re-Architecting

    For organisations looking to unlock the full potential of modern architecture, re-architecting is the perfect approach for optimised system capabilities. This method is more complicated and involves the source code being altered to allow for a shift from the existing architecture to another. By migrating to a new platform, you’ll be able to take advantage of current and enhanced features that will deliver increased scalability and reliability.

  • Rebuilding

    Rebuilding your application is at the higher end of app modernisation. This method entails a system’s components being completely rewritten and reworked to produce a new application. Similar to a home that is knocked down and rebuilt, the rebuilding approach allows you to start from scratch and create an application built upon the foundations of innovation and advanced technology. As it involves a substantial change to the application, it also delivers the most value in terms of increased efficiency, security and leveraging new functionalities.

  • Replacing

    As the name suggests, this method involves replacing the existing legacy system with a completely new system that has the same functionalities. Replacing should only be undertaken as a final resort and if the old application is eliminated. The benefit of this approach is that you’ll often enjoy greater cost savings, faster deployment and innovative features with a brand-new application.

What are Legacy Systems?

Technology systems and infrastructure become progressively outdated as time passes. Whilst legacy systems can still be used, they pose a variety of issues for organisations, such as increasingly slow performance and heightened risk of security breaches. So, what are legacy systems and why do organisations continue to use them, despite the risks?  

In simple terms, legacy systems are any form of software, hardware, application, process or technology that is obsolete, but still in use. These systems commonly still operate and perform the tasks they were designed for, however they do not receive any further support or software updates, which often compromises their security and stability. 

As legacy systems operate with outdated code, they are incompatible with the language used in new solutions, which prohibits your organisation and customers from enjoying modern and advanced

As technology improves at an escalating pace, old infrastructures and legacy systems are incapable of meeting your changing business needs – no matter if you’re a small, medium, or a global organisation. In this increasingly digitised world, every company needs to be technology-centered, and if you do not stop transforming, you’re inevitably left behind. 

Factors that Determine a System as Legacy

  • Age

    Whilst this isn’t the deciding factor for your system being considered legacy, an application that has been in operation for over 10 year does need to be reviewed to ensure it is still being supported and is productive. It may be outdated and obsolete.

  • Performance

    Legacy applications are often slow, time-consuming, and inefficient to use. If your employees are spending a considerable amount of their time using the system to perform their required tasks, then this might be a sign you need to modernise.

  • Support

    Systems that no longer receive updates and support either internally or from a vendor are at high risk of security breaches and data loss. Software updates provide the latest security patches and features that enable an optimised and stable application. If your vendor has terminated support for your systems, then it is time for you to modernise to meet your organisation’s needs.

  • Compatibility

    Outdated systems are unable to integrate and interact with modern technologies to enable streamlined business processes. If you’re wanting to implement a new CRM system or live chat feature and are unable to do so, then you’re unfortunately already falling behind your competitors. New tools and capabilities are key to driving value and retaining customers. Modern technologies should seamlessly integrate for efficient operations.

Why Modernise Legacy Systems?

Whilst human nature is often resistant to change, legacy systems are the complete opposite. They need modernisation and updates to stay at the top of their game. Even a 1-year-old application can be outdated. Legacy system modernisation can help your organisation improve agility, giving you the ability to respond faster to external changes and remain competitive. Below is a summary of benefits you will gain from modernising your systems:  

  • Cost savings

    A major portion of an organisation’s IT budget is often allocated to the maintenance of existing IT infrastructure and systems. Keeping these systems running can incur astronomical costs that could be higher than investing in new technology.  As these systems are outdated, finding people with the skill to maintain and manage them is often costly and time-consuming. By upgrading, organisations will reduce expensive upkeeping and support costs.

  • Increased productivity

    Over time, legacy systems operate more and more slowly and staff must spend extra time when using them to complete their tasks. This not only impacts productivity but is also a frustrating experience that can lead to staff dissatisfaction, potentially increasing churn. With modern system’s heightened performance, employees can efficiently conduct tasks, freeing up their time to focus on more important duties.

  • Easy integrations

    Integrations with third party APIs are essential in the modern landscape for providing a seamless experience to customers and staff. Modernised applications can easily integrate with other technologies and software to provide enhanced capabilities to meet the expectations of both your customers and important stakeholders. The aleX platform’s provisioning engine is a great example of how system integration is an essential ingredient for a successful technology stack.

  • Enhanced compliance

    When it comes to meeting required regulations, non-compliance can result in hefty fines and fees. Heavily regulated industries that deal with sensitive information, such as finance, require technology systems to be supported as outdated technology is highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks and security breaches. By modernising legacy applications, your organisation is well equipped to comply with relevant policies and standards.

  • Improved agility

    Competition in the current landscape is intense. Technology is a key driver that enables organisations to maintain their competitive edge. Modern applications have the flexibility and scalability to respond to changes in the business environment that legacy applications do not. Legacy systems are notorious for their inability to adapt to and accommodate business needs; a major obstacle in business agility.

  • Improved Security

    When technology systems no longer receive updates, they become less resistant to cyber-attacks and malware. Whilst it’s impossible to be 100% protected from security breaches, newer technologies can better withstand attacks as they receive frequent software patches and the latest protection measures. Our managed security services stops threats before they can harm your business. We reduce your security workload and provide a single solution for the detection of risks and proactive protection.

Frequently asked questions

  • What does application modernisation mean?

    Application modernisation is the process whereby outdated systems within an organisation are updated with modern capabilities through one of several methods. It aims to align the applications with business needs by ensuring its compatibility and integrations with current technologies. As technology is constantly being innovated and updated, software modernisation is an essential step to remaining competitive and agile in the modern landscape.

  • What is legacy application modernisation?

    Legacy modernisation as the name suggests, is the updating or rewriting of an old application that is still in use despite being obsolete. Legacy applications are often decades old however their age isn’t the deciding factor in them being considered outdated. These systems often still meet the needs they were originally designed for, however fail to receive the necessary support to maintain their security and stability. They often pose an array of problems such as slow operations, incompatibility with modern technologies and increased security breaches which can all impede an organisation’s future growth. However, many organisations still opt to use these systems because of the core functions they perform, and the risk associated with replacing them. Depending on the approach and the business’ needs, the underlying code is either left as is, reworked, or completely scrapped.

  • What is an example of a legacy system?

    Despite the explosion of new, innovative technology, there are many forms of legacy systems that are still in use around us. Windows XP is an example of a legacy system that is still widely used around the world. Released by Microsoft all the way back in 2001 and having not receiving any official support from the tech giant since 2014, it is still used by banks, airlines and more. At the time of writing, some of the most renowned airports such as Changi Airport and Heathrow Airport are all running their systems on Windows XP which is surprising considering the security risks it poses.

  • How do you identify a legacy system?

    One of the biggest identifying factors of a legacy system is the absence of software support. Software updates are pivotal to patching security holes and weaknesses within the system so sensitive information doesn’t get leaked. When a system stops receiving periodic software updates, they’re highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks which can steal vital information and lead to data loss. If your organisation has a software system that hasn’t received updates in a while, then chances are it’s a legacy system.

  • How do you prepare for legacy system modernisation?

    A large majority of app modernisation projects often fail due to a disconnect between technical and business priorities. Careful planning and drilling into the application specifics such as key deliverables can drastically improve the success rate of system modernisation. Here are four steps which are essential to the completion of your application modernisation project:
    1. Identify the capabilities and limitations of the current system
    2. Consider the business needs of the different teams who will be impacted by the modernisation project
    3. Decide which app modernisation approach is best suited to your existing architecture
    4. Plan for process changes, user adoption needs and continued modification with key stakeholders

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