Why should you upgrade your legacy applications now and not wait!
In today’s competitive, high-tech business environment, legacy app modernization is more important than it ever has been before. That’s why, in 2020, your business needs to create a plan for digital transformation that includes legacy app modernization. Why is this more important than in previous years? Here are a few of the trends that we expect to continue driving the need for legacy app modernization in the future.
The Shift Toward Cloud Computing Is Not Stopping
We’re now fully in the era of cloud computing. More companies than ever are putting all of their major systems and information in the cloud – and just about every business is using some kind of cloud computing product. Revenues from cloud computing reached $150 billion in the first half of 2019 alone – and more than 90% of companies are using cloud computing for mission-critical business services.
But legacy apps that run on older servers and mainframes are often not built for the cloud – and cannot make the same transition that newer applications can. And as the hardware, software and coding languages that were used to build these apps continue to deprecate, the challenge of cloud migration will be even more difficult.
For that reason, businesses interested in adopting cloud infrastructure should definitely take a deep look at their legacy applications, and think about which ones should be prioritized as they continue to move toward a cloud-focused approach.
Cybersecurity Is More Important Than Ever
This goes hand-in-hand with the shift toward cloud computing. As cybersecurity becomes more important and the value of data continues to increase, more malicious individuals are looking to steal data to sell it to the highest bidder – and profit from data loss and breaches.
Legacy applications are often built using hardware, software, and code that is inherently more vulnerable to these types of attacks. This is not that important when the applications are running on a protected, internal server or mainframe computer that is not exposed to attacks from the general network.
However, if they are migrated to the cloud, these issues could pose a much greater obstacle to cybersecurity. That’s why, if companies are interested in moving legacy applications to the cloud, they must invest in modernizing their apps – not just shifting them from internal servers to external servers.
Mobile App Support Is Now Expected By Employees
Most legacy apps sit on old, outdated servers or mainframes that cannot be accessed easily with mobile applications and modern devices like phones and tablets. 91% of employees are currently using mobile apps, and it’s been shown that 87% of companies expect their employees to use their phones for “work purposes.” A further 43% of companies said that they were “highly dependent” on mobile apps, and 44% were “somewhat dependent” on mobile apps.
Legacy systems simply cannot be accessed easily on mobile devices – but with the right legacy app modernization strategy, this can change.
2020 Is The Year To Modernize Your Legacy Apps – And Embrace Digital Transformation
If you’ve been on the fence about legacy app modernization, 2020 is the time to get off the fence – and jump into the world of digital transformation. While not all legacy apps and systems require modernization, it can have a large number of benefits – especially if you are considering moving to a cloud-based business model. So don’t wait. Explore your options, and see why 2020 is the best year to update and modernize your legacy applications.