AgileCube has 10 years of experience in consulting, to enable a continuous usage of past IT investments and support clients to avoid unnecessary project restarts and costs. Modernizing or reengineering an application includes code assessment, preparation for cloud migration under a refreshed, up-to-date infrastructure and software environment, and application containerization for faster loading times.
Application Modernization Consulting
The team of AgileCube understands the importance of past IT investments and has based its consulting service on their vast experience in the field. The consulting process is kicked-off by reviewing the legacy code to identify well-working elements and areas to improve. Common challenges related to legacy applications: troubled enhancements and new functionality introduction, complicated and costly maintenance, an enterprise’s hindered digital transformation, and reduced business efficiency.
Legacy to Cloud Migration
According to a report by Gartner from 2018 , almost 30% of IT spending will be related to cloud and cloud migration.
The following cloud adoption statistics support this prediction: ~ 99.9% service availability, 45-60% operating costs savings, 4x faster launch of new features, 30-50% higher development and support staff productivity, and the need for higher security standards appeared in 94% of the reviewed companies. Depending on the application and business requirements, AgileCube offers three approaches to the cloud – application re-hosting, application re-platforming, or application rearchitecting.
Application re-hosting: The application is transferred from the current location (on-premise or cloud infrastructure) to an Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure environment. After the migration process, the new cloud-environment will enable future-proof developments through 360 degrees access and DevOps utilization. This quick-to-use solution has its limitations regarding performance, scalability, and code flexibility.
Application re-platforming: In addition to the migration process, AgileCube’s team will implement the necessary updates to the code structure to enhance the utilization of cloud functionality and result in a significant increase in performance, high scalability, and resilience.
Application rearchitecting: The app architecture will be segmented (for example, microservices and web services will be separated) to fully adapt the code to the opportunities offered by the new cloud environment. This way the new infrastructure will be complying with dynamically changing performance and loading needs, shared platform usage, and partial software updates.
With a wide pool of legacy skills, AgileCube can help to restore and slightly modify the code and design of your long-running enterprise applications. Application reengineering can grant: web and mobile enablement, improved look & feel – UI Modernization, simplified and less costly maintenance and updates, DevOps, CI/CD enablement, and an increased performance and response time.
Application re-coding (automated and customized)
As part of the re-coding service, AgileCube will revive and refresh the legacy applications created based on retiring languages, platforms (such as PowerBuilder, Delphi, VB, C++, COBOL), or technologies (past .NET and Java versions) with the use of modern, up-to-date alternatives.
According to a report by Gartner from 2018 , almost 30% of IT spending will be related to cloud and cloud migration. Across all modernization options, AgileCube grants OS-level isolation for the applications (or parts of the code) using containers. Containerization means: fewer resources are required to run, easier scalability, simplified movement across different environments, and CI/CD practices enablement. Modernization challenges AgileCube’s team solves.
No actual or detailed documentation
To smoothly substitute the legacy application, AgileCube will mine business rules from existing application code and documentation, investigate code dependencies and component integrations. The team has proven experience in working cooperations with various IT departments and other employees, as well as third-party vendors, customer partners, and other experts related to the application work.
The difficulty of predicting modernization results
To keep the modernization process manageable, traceable, and visible, AgileCube splits the application into several independent modules to introduce fast and incremental changes. The team recognizes the vital role of risk management and implements a thorough analysis of the enterprise app based on technical, business, and economic considerations.
AgileCube continuously and thoroughly assesses, reviews, and monitors the running environment and application code to provide an outstanding level of app availability and decrease operational downtime close to zero.
An application’s long freeze-up
AgileCube service includes application code segmenting (eg. microservice separation) to enable it for partial updates.
Legacy application challenges
- Application has become complex over the years
- Difficult to maintain and nearing the end of support
- Longer release cycle and time consuming
- Difficult to scale as per demands
- Expensive to run
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