In the 19th century, we saw the Industrial revolution, the 20th century brought an Information technology revolution and now the world is currently witnessing the digital revolution. Technology has completely changed the approach of the human race across multiple dimensions.
Since the shift from IT to digital it means that from being an enabler to becoming more of an innovation driver for businesses. Numerous businesses are trying to catch up in adopting digital technologies to stay on par with their competitors.
The answer to every complex situation is modernization. To stay relevant and become responsive organizations need to modernize in a resilient manner.
Today organizations face situations that are no different from the Labyrinth. To remain competitive organizations need to modernize their IT estate, but CIOs and CTOs hesitate due to the complexity of their legacy systems.
During the transformation exercise, organizations fear business disruption, talent availability, and clarity on transformation goals and investments required. Several organizations kick off initiatives to try to solve specific problems which don’t necessarily achieve the desired outcomes.
So the simple question that needs to be answered is how do organizations modernize legacy systems.?
Ensuring that the disruptions caused are minimal while still maximizing the performance of the applications? The answer simply lies in adopting a modernization strategy which reduces business disruptions to near zero.
Zero Disruption Modernization Strategy
If organizations were aware of the strategy to be taken to exit the labyrinth, all organizations would have been more confident in getting into the maze. Modernization should not be treated as an Engineering project where an under-construction system goes through a technology shift. The process of undergoing modernization is more holistic, driven by a selection of an appropriate technology strategy, based on the organization’s context and appetite for risk.
During modernization, the current state and the modernized state need to be considered as the modernization gets implemented incrementally. It is necessary to leverage the opportunity during modernization to upskill the workforce for a robust digital infrastructure and engineering practice.
Key Solutions To Zero Disruption
Providing the end clients with transparency: No change is required in the system or application on the outside, interfacing systems continue to access and operate as usual. The user experience changes are rolled out and carefully crafted with an Organization change Management process(OCM).
Data-First Approach: Data needs to be unlocked on a modernized platform to act as a bridge for transitional dual-state environments and early insights. Significant flexibility in terms of being able to sequence business functionality deployments is provided through the 2-way transition.
Co-Existence in Dual Mode: Seamlessly or with just a click route the traffic to the legacy or modernized estate
Activate capability flexibly: To reduce migration risk from functionality as well as end-client perspective. In this way, modernization functionality can be modularly enabled and disabled.
Avert business Disruptions: Interlock operations into a dual landscape mode. Right levels of training and continuity are considered for coexistence through consideration of business ops in the initial stages.
Working strategies: As the organization makes a shift to the new world ensure no “loss in translation”.
Apart from setting a path to the goal. Modernization should not be limited only to a tech perspective but the entire organization needs to stay modern. Platform-led Modernization focuses on building a future-proof architecture focusing on every layer of the user experience, business processes, both internal and external application interface, managing data, integration, co-existence of legacy and if necessary the modernized systems. Throughout the modernization process at every layer, micro change management needs to be applied to ensure consistent and stable end-to-end journey and flow of the user.
If the pandemic has taught businesses anything, it’s that they need to up their game in terms of technology. Everything needs to be updated starting from architecture to the processes to cater to sustainability and resiliency. Hence modernization is critical for every business. It’s a test that businesses need to take while peaking on performance, agility and productivity.
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