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Transforming legacy apps: Where to best start your evaluation


By: Ritika Puri


Are your legacy apps suitable for transformation?


That's a tough question for any IT leader to ask. If you're guiding your business through a transformation to faster, scalable infrastructure, it's a question you don't want to be asking.


You want to move your business to the future. But legacy systems are standing in your way. You need to determine the best path forward, but you're unsure if your teams' favorite apps will make it over the mountain.


Here's how to get started on the process of transforming legacy apps.


Transforming legacy apps Where to best start your evaluationIntegration potential

Today's organizations rely on multiple systems to optimize customer experiences—and these systems need to talk to one another to be effective. Apps of the future will be ubiquitous in their ability to reach all facets of an organization. For example, consider Box.


Box powers an integration ecosystem with a variety of applications for signature management, productivity, single sign-on, and other IT capabilities. Companies can even use Box to build their back-end systems. If an organization were relying on an unrelated system, it would be left out of a network that is otherwise sharing data and supporting infrastructural growth.


Cost reduction

One of the biggest challenges with legacy systems and consumer-facing technology is the lack of infrastructure for enterprise needs. Over time, these gaps in technology introduce unnecessary, long-term costs.


Especially in industries with high compliance standards, organizations need to ensure that their infrastructure meets the needs of partners and clients—not to mention the law.


What's important to consider is that many mainstream apps have enterprise versions. For instance, Evernote has a version for business with team workspaces, administrative capabilities, and TLS/SSL encryption.


Executives must balance the costs of immediate upgrades with the costs of a leaky technology bucket over the long term.


Scalability and portability

High growth is a sign of a healthy business.


Businesses ranging from startups to enterprises will need systems that can help teams maneuver through the innovation process. That's why technologies, internal and external, need to be designed to prioritize growth when transforming legacy apps.


At minimum, legacy systems need to adapt to the multi-device economy. Mobile-first is the new norm, which means that organizations need to reimagine their user interfaces. In addition to user interfaces, organizations will also need to redesign their back-end systems to reinforce big data analysis capabilities.


For example, MarketShare, a marketing intelligence software company, uses a data science company called H2O to power its platform's machine-learning capabilities. H2O is unique in that it is open source and has transcribed popular algorithms into a completely new framework that can work across multiple programming languages and applications.

It's a system that helps organizations scale into the future by making faster strides and improving the predictive modeling process between apps.


Final thoughts

Apps of the future are connectors in bridging systems and people together. Legacy systems, at minimum, should help support this goal.


To learn more about evolving your infrastructure for the New Style of Business, watch the webinar Perspectives: How to capitalize on the wave of IT change.



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Ritika PuriRitika Puri


Corporate entrepreneur turned startup founder and writer. Ritika enjoys helping companies build stronger customer relationships and bring products to market faster through her company, Storyhackers.

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