Escaping the Quagmire of Legacy Systems: A Guide to Modernization

Enterprise Iron Financial Industry Solutions, Inc.

In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, legacy systems are often a significant roadblock for organizations aspiring to innovate and grow. Clinging to outdated technologies not only hampers efficiency but exposes businesses to considerable risks, including security vulnerabilities and maintenance challenges. Our latest whitepaper dives deep into these issues, laying out a comprehensive and strategic roadmap for Legacy Application Modernization.

Here’s a glimpse of what the paper entails:

The Pain Points

Competitive Disadvantages – Legacy systems can result in a lack of self-service customer experience, manual staff processes, and a competitive disadvantage against more agile competitors.

Retiring Experts – Losing seasoned engineers with legacy system expertise makes replacement a tough task in the current job market.

Outdated Technologies – Sticking with technologies that are decades old and unsupported can drastically affect operations, increasing costs and risks.

Security Risks – Audits often reveal shocking security vulnerabilities, leading to assumable risks.

Sergio DuBois
Director, Solutions Architecture

The Modernization Goals

Modernization is not a mere tech exercise, but rather it’s a carefully planned strategy that aligns with both the Business Goals and Information Technology Goals of an organization.

Business Goals such as Risk Mitigation, embracing a robust Digital Strategy (including web and mobile platforms), and acquiring the Agility to Adapt to market demands and regulatory changes are vital. IT Goals focus on Reducing Technical Debt, Retiring Legacy Technologies (such as COBOL, Assembly Language), and Refactoring legacy application monoliths into more agile, Cloud-based solutions.

An Iterative Approach

The whitepaper details a phased methodology:

Assessment and Roadmap – From automated discovery of legacy application structure to prioritizing sprints.

Legacy Code Translation Sprints – Including automated semantic code analysis, translation, and hand-finishing.

Modernization Reengineering Sprints – Covering source data migration, API development, and DevSecOps.

Architecture Refactoring – Ensuring that the rebuilt architecture employs the best practices.

Testing/Validation – Rigorous testing for ensuring robust security and quality.

Lessons Learned and the Six R’s

Practical insights for a Data First Approach, understanding how Legacy and Modern platforms must coexist, and the all-important “Six R’s of Platform Modernization” (Repurchase, Rearchitect, Replatform, Rehost, Retain, and Retire) round up this insightful guide.

A Must-See Discussion

This compelling read is just the tip of the iceberg. Last Wednesday on the Broadcast Retirement Network (BRN), Mark Kalafsky, our SVP of Solutions & Delivery, and I, discussed real-life experiences on the subject of Legacy System Modernization. Whether you’re a technical expert looking to navigate the intricate pathways of modernization or a business leader aiming to align technology with strategic goals, this conversation promises to offer valuable insights.

Enterprise Iron is at the forefront of Legacy Application Modernization, helping businesses escape crippling technical debt and setting them on a path to success. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the best in the field, take the first step towards modernizing your legacy systems by contacting us today to learn more.


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