How DevOps Reduces Risks of Legacy Modernization and Digital Transformation

21 Mar, 2023
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Do you know why businesses postpone modernization as long as the systems are running? The answer doesn’t lie in the businesses’ lack of knowledge.

In this digital age, information is just a click away. Numerous reports and experiences of successful as well as lost businesses clearly tell us the need to modernize legacy systems. Every digital business or a traditional one on the journey to going digital agrees that digitalization offers many advantages. However, they have their concerns. Some of the concerns may be, the higher initial cost of digitalization or the lack of resources and time to digitalize.

The concerns however valid are not without any answers. Modernizing legacy systems prepare businesses for the future and helps them stay relevant in competitive markets. How? By, streamlining their operations, making them faster in delivering value, simplifying structures, and increasing overall productivity as well as the satisfaction of employees.

Is Legacy Modernization only about using better technologies?

Legacy Modernization is about upgrading to better technologies and digitalizing parts of the business that remained traditional. It is also about coming up with a practical and uniform operating model that can help businesses apply their strategies and reach goals. Modernizing includes combining their traditional IT Delivery and Digital Operations wings so that a common operating model applies throughout.

Commonly referred to as DevOps, these integrations, though might initially seem complicated or take some time to get used to, prove to be beneficial in the long run and essentially makes businesses forward-thinking technology organizations.

An Example of Applying DevOps while modernizing Legacy Systems

Consider the example of an EdTech business or a university. With the growth in remote learning during the pandemic, the business started digitalizing to cater to students across the globe. The administration realized that now they can recruit their teaching and non-teaching staff from a wider talent pool. They wanted to modernize their ERP and CRM solutions and streamline their functions. They approached an outshore product and platform development partner to implement technology solutions and customize them as per their requirements.

The technology partner showed the business the scope and advantages of streamlined operations. Advanced technologies can connect everyone, ensure security, plan for the future, and make businesses feel confident, but only when connected platforms and products are brought under a uniform operating model.

The EdTech business transitioned slowly into hybrid mode. They made education accessible to students across the globe while still catering to those at physical locations. They also strengthened their systems by establishing easy communication and collaboration channels.  

Additionally, in the process, the EdTech company registered the product and platform customizations as their intellectual property and started offering it to other similar businesses in the domain. This opened a new revenue stream and helped them recover their modernization expenses much faster.

Without streamlining operations by connecting ERP, CRM, and Learning Management Software, and managing infrastructure with cloud solutions where needed, digitalization wouldn’t have shown the expected outcomes and revenue.

5 Ways DevOps Reduces the Risks of Modernization

  1. Establishes clear communication and collaboration channels.
  2. Helps keep operations transparent and track developments.
  3. Aligns all the teams with the business goals.
  4. Encourages experimentation and innovation by reducing the risk.  
  5. Helps businesses choose successful strategies and profitable goals.

In a Nutshell

Modernizing legacy systems even when they’re working fine is essential to stay relevant and competitive. Legacy Modernization need not be about upgrading to new technologies only. Isolated products or siloed platforms don’t create future-ready businesses. To get the most out of Legacy Modernization, businesses need to streamline their operations, connect products and platforms, and bring them under a uniform operating model. The task may seem daunting, especially when the current systems should keep running and the businesses are in competitive domains with other strategic plans.

The most feasible and appropriate solution in such cases is to choose a product or platform development partner to implement newer products, transform the business into an Agile mode of working, and bring DevOps concepts to smoothen operations throughout all the teams of the business. That’s not all. Strategic collaborations can help you open up new revenue streams and establish yourself as a truly digital corporation.

Are you looking for such a product and platform engineering partner who cares about your business and works for your success? Would you like to establish an offshore development centre to support with relevant technology solutions? We hear you.

Divya Prathima
The author was a java Developer at coMakeIT before turning into a stay-at-home-mom. She slowed down to make art, tell stories, read books on fiction, philosophy, science, art-history, write about science, parenting, and observe technology trends. She loves to write and aspires to write simple and understandable articles someday like Yuval Noah Harari. We are very happy to have her back at coMakeIT and contribute to our relevant and thought provoking content.

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