Legacy Modernization

What is Legacy Modernization?

Legacy software modernization refers to the re-implementation of a legacy system using modern programming languages, software libraries, protocols, processes, or hardware. A legacy system is any application based on older methods or technologies that continue to be used; even though more efficient methods or improved technologies are now available.

The recent development of new technologies such as program transformation by software modernization tools have made the legacy transformation process a more cost-effective and accurate way to retain the value of legacy assets and thereby avoid the costs and business impact of migration to entirely new software.

Once program transformation is complete and functional equivalence has been reached, the application can be aligned more closely to current and future business needs through the addition of new functionality to the transformed application.

Why Modernize?

Well there are many reasons you may be looking to modernize your legacy software, there are generally some tell-tale signs that it is time to modernize. If your software 1) is difficult & costly to maintain and 2) lacks integration with other systems, then it is probably time to undergo modernization.

We've highlighted some benefits of modernization below:

  • React to competitive pressure with better interfaces and functionality
  • Take advantage of new business models
  • Handle regulatory changes
  • Handle mergers and acquisitions
  • Gain productivy and eliminate inefficient practices
  • Gain business agility

In the end, it comes down to this: Your software and systems need to help 1) Grow and retain your customer base and 2) do so with lower expenditures.

Modernization Choices

When approaching legacy modernization, there are a few different options:

  • Re-write your functionality using modern technology
  • Start from scratch and build a new custom system
  • Migrate or Modernize your legacy system
  • Continue with your legacy system as is

Automated Transformation

Automated software modernization is a tool-based approach where there is no manual code conversion and all new source code is automatically generated by tools.

The more successful automated methodologies involve a detailed manual process during which the tools are setup and configured for the exact job at hand before an indefinite volume of code can be processed successfully.

Automation Flow

To learn more about our automated transformation process, please visit our Our Technologies page.

Benefits of Automated Transformation

There are a number of reasons why ADA utilizes automated transformation processes to modernize our clients’ software:

  • Maintain core business functions
  • Least Costly Option: Cheaper than a full re-write, cheaper than adopting packaged software, cheaper than manual migration, and certainly cheaper than continuing with your legacy system as is.
  • Quickest Solution: Our automated transformation projects, from start to finish, are finished in a matter of months
  • Highest Accuracy: All of the logic from the old code is retained. In fact, our process documents your existing code and uncovers duplicate or unused code, meaning the end result is much more efficient

The bottom line is that our automated transformation process will modernize your legacy applications with the least risk and highest quality.

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