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Key steps for modernizing applications to build stability and speed in the cloud
By Kevin Davis, Global CTO of Atos

Newer, sleeker and user-friendly technology seems to appeal greatly to the modern world, and when it comes to application modernization, the benefits speak for themselves. There has been an influx of organizations switching to the cloud in order to improve their systems, but because technology is ever-changing, businesses may find it difficult to keep up. The obvious answer may be to continue starting over and investing in new applications as updates come, however this approach is costly and unnecessary. Without app modernization, businesses will have to spend more time getting new hardware, updating their existing software, and learning new processes. Eliminating these steps also lessens the amount of time competitors have to get ahead.

Businesses will find that they are able to take full advantage of the productivity-boosting potential of the cloud by modernizing applications that they already have, to unlock new business capabilities, accelerate innovation and reduce technical debt. Updating existing applications to work seamlessly with cloud servers allows for greater productivity, efficiency and a better user experience in every sector of the workplace.

Amplifying Cloud Benefits with Modernization

However, businesses should be careful when altering cloud applications, as they can become destabilized quickly, specifically ones that have not yet been modernized. A team's focus is centered around keeping the application up and running, while also allowing developers to move as fast as possible. Once teams can balance new developments, along with day-to-day operations, the system will be able to run smoothly. This job is made much easier with modernization. App modernization can be infrastructure, code, or database design; It is anything that restructures the app in order to achieve the most benefit out of the cloud. It is necessary that teams write their applications in a way that leverages the cloud in the most beneficial way possible to their company.

The importance of modernizing cloud applications is evident, but the execution can be more complex than expected. A recent study shows that 90% of CIOs have experienced failed or disrupted cloud modernization projects. Businesses should collaborate with external partners to ensure a smooth transition to modernized applications. Partners will be able to identify the most prudent and impactful systems to update first and build a plan to complete the modernization swiftly.

Two Key Defining Elements in Application Modernization  

There are two main elements of cloud app modernization. The first is innovations, including serverless architectures and containerization, which speed up development processes. The second is the increased use of microservices which allows for apps/services to be altered independently of one another, localizing the infrastructure, and allowing more work to be completed. Localization distinguishes each aspect, rather than altering every part of a server, to fix a single problem. This creates room for growth and minimizes time spent backtracking your business. Teams can separate the work of each sector, while still working cohesively as a unit, leading to an increase in innovation, expansion, and responsiveness.

The increased use of microservices and localization efforts leave teams free to build, test and release new features without affecting other segments of the business and making room for greater innovation and creativity across companies. Once teams are brought onboard to understand the importance and process of app modernization, it becomes plausible for different segments of the company to focus on creating and carrying out new developments.

Cloud application modernization also paves the way for less costly and more efficient scaling when there are spikes in demand or cutbacks when demand slows. The separation of sectors allows businesses to expand only in the necessary micro-services, rather than altering the entire application landscape to fulfill needs. Modernization also allows applications to continue running as the technology evolves, cutting out unnecessary time spent updating software. 

Modernization Shifts Complexity to Deliver Benefits

Modernization brings a shift in complexity that is more manageable, resilient and feature rich, however when something inevitably goes wrong, the failures are localized. With modernization, security is built into cloud systems, automating backups and disaster recovery. Teams will have a swift and more efficient response time while minimizing the impact on other components in the system.

By enlisting an external partner to assist in an easy transition to modernization, businesses will save time and money, while garnering the many benefits that come from modernized applications. It is key for businesses to grow and change alongside technology in order to maintain a stable and secure system.




Kevin Davis is the Global CTO of Atos. He is a passionate technical leader who delivers high-quality, customer-driven solutions leveraging DevOps and public cloud technologies.

Published Friday, December 23, 2022 7:34 AM by David Marshall
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