One of the biggest impacts of Enterprise Application modernization Strategy and digital transformation is disrupting application development. Historically, new architectures introduced in application development have typically taken years to enter a period of rapid growth and large-scale adoption. Moreover, it is expected that the application architecture that is sweeping the industry will eventually become the industry standard. J2EE is proof of this, and in the mid-to-late 1990s, J2EE became the “enterprise standard” for three layers of web application development at a slow but firm pace.
From the current trend, cloud-native architecture is destined to win, become the new industry standard. These container-based microservices architectures will soon dominate new development projects across a wide range of industries. Today, kubernetes deploy and run many of these applications, and Kubernetes’ strong growth bodes well for us that this latest application architecture will become mainstream. Our research found that at least half of businesses are exploring “new architectures” for digital transformation reasons.
Today, this is often referred to as enterprise modernization. We tend to talk about modernization in very general and vague terms. It’s as if businesses can build all their applications based on this new model simply by wielding a wand.
In fact, there are many ways in which businesses can modernize their applications. Only some businesses (37%) The refactoring method is used. Red Green Refactor is the most popular of the many refactoring methods. In addition, there are prepared refactorings and many good abstract-based refactoring methods to choose from. Most refactoring methods are based on simplified code. In other words, they rely heavily on less disruptive application rewrites.
But sometimes, complete rewriting is the best strategy for modernization. Often, completely rewriting existing legacy applications can involve a lot of work, and even the most committed digital transformation advocates can be deterred. In some cases, however, this saves a lot of work.
Let’s take a look at the approach a federal agency uses to achieve its modern portfolio of applications. The agency’s mission is to move to agile methods, so special permissions are required to develop applications in a traditional waterfall approach. Waterfall development is already an outdated approach to application development, and the agency believes the best place to start is to first understand your portfolio and determine whether the existence of each application is necessary.
During the review, they found that 200 of the nearly 6,000 or so applications (about 6,000 in all) performed the same basic asset management tasks. Imagine changing this basic business function to require 200 applications.
This means that developers and operations personnel need to invest a lot of time and effort in developing, testing, and deploying the same business functions.
Eventually, the agency decided to modernize and replace all 200 applications with a single microservice. The microservice is now available to the entire organization to track assets. Microservices are developed using agile methods and operate in a modern environment, flexibly scaling to support different functions that depend on their proprietary applications.
Refactoring is not the whole of modernization work, and strategically exploring the significance of modernization to the entire application portfolio can bring great business advantages. Many businesses, especially those that have been in operation for decades, may have duplicate product portfolio problems. Reorganizations, acquisitions, mergers, and management changes can easily lead to application duplication.
As part of a modernization strategy, it is beneficial for every business to conduct application audits and rationalization. You may find that you have hundreds of applications, but only some of them are needed. With this strategy, operators can justify new applications developed with new architectures, eliminating application redundancy and the costs associated with them.
One of the biggest impacts of digital transformation is disrupting application development. Historically, new architectures introduced in application development have typically taken years to enter a period of rapid growth and large-scale adoption.