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Application Modernization

We refresh and rebuild legacy systems for the modern enterprise

Legacy software is one of the biggest factors holding back digital transformation.

The pace of change in technology is relentless, with new tools, frameworks and features appearing all the time. Legacy systems were not built for this fast-moving world. Typically, enterprises have invested years of money and man hours building and maintaining legacy software. Yet in many cases they are no longer fit for purpose, draining resource and stifling innovation. At the same time replacing legacy systems requires careful thought and planning. We offer a low-risk approach to upgrading or rebuilding your legacy system. Whether you want to move your legacy system to a new environment, make it cloud-ready, reduce licensing costs, or are looking for performance improvements we can help.

Why Is Upgrading Legacy Software A Problem In The 21st Century?

Legacy software is defined as being critical to day-to-day operations, but no longer fit for purpose. It can be a drain on internal IT resource and a barrier to productivity. On top of that, it can be difficult, time-consuming and costly to update, stifling change and innovation.

In a nutshell, legacy software can make or break your ability to remain competitive in a dynamic market-place.

If you’re looking for a true software development partner, we would love to talk to you.

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Unsure whether to rip and replace or upgrade your legacy system?

Our suite of application modernization services encompasses app development, restructuring, reengineering, cloud migration, and various measures aimed at decreasing maintenance expenses while enhancing functionality, performance, security, and scalability. Committed to established methods of software modernization and risk management, SCAD Software ensures that application transformations are executed with minimal impact on your business operations.

Application Modernization Benefits

The market of application modernization services is expected to grow from $15.2 billion in 2022 to $32.8 billion by 2027. The growth is driven by attractive benefits companies get.

  • Enhanced User Experience

    This is achieved through a revamped UX/UI design, enhanced application performance, and the addition of popularly demanded features.

  • Advanced Security Measures

    We’ve incorporated cutting-edge secure software practices, thorough security evaluations, and integrated compliance with regulatory standards for robust security.

  • Reduced Maintenance Expenses

    Thanks to a lighter IT support team workload and extensive opportunities for cloud optimization, maintenance costs are lower.

  • Optimized Business Processes and Boosted Employee Productivity

    By automating workflows and employing advanced technologies, we’ve streamlined business operations and enhanced productivity.

  • Greater App Availability and Scalability

    Our optimized software design and limitless cloud resources (especially post-cloud migration) ensure increased application availability and scalability.

  • Facilitated Application Evolution

    Clear software documentation, a flexible architecture (including SOA/microservices), and reusable code make future app development easier.

Legacy Software Challenges

Expensive to maintain

Platforms are often unsupported by their developer and designed for an obsolete infrastructure. They can also be incompatible with hardware.

Costly to add new features

Legacy systems tend to have a complex codebase - as well as vast amounts of documentation - so simple updates can lead to multiple conflicts across the system.

Not cloud-ready

Legacy systems were not built for the digital world, which can be a barrier for companies looking to make cost and infrastructure savings by moving to the cloud.

Incompatible with mobile technologies

Customers and employees are demanding mobile apps, but there are many barriers to making legacy systems mobile-ready.

Difficult to scale due its old infrastructure

As companies grow, either organically or through mergers and acquisitions, legacy software can be a barrier to reaping the benefits of growth and remaining competitive.

Security and Compliance

Legacy infrastructure can expose your company to security breaches and penalties for failing to keep pace with compliance requirements.

Productivity and Performance issues

Legacy applications can be slow and clunky, leading to performance and productivity issues.

Harder to attract developer talent

The best developers want to work with the latest technologies, so as your system ages it is going to get harder to find the support you need.

How we solve your legacy modernisation problem.

We have simplified the process of software development, bringing all the benefits of low-code, no-code, and combining it with a commercial model that delivers faster ROI with reduced risk. And we have a 100% track record over twenty years to back-up our claim.

  • Low-code Development

    We leverage the rapid, cost-effective development SCAD Framework to create additional applications that enhance or replace parts of your core application.

  • Edge Computing

    By moving data processing closer to its source, we enable real-time responsiveness in apps connected to the Internet.

  • Hybrid Clouds

    Combining private and public clouds allows us to meet stringent security needs for specific app services or storage while maintaining reasonable costs.

  • Progressive Web Apps (PWA)

    We can transform your legacy customer-facing application into a PWA, offering an exceptional user experience on any device without the need for investing in mobile apps.

Our Proven Methodology Delivers Faster ROI With Less Risk

  • Legacy systems generally have a vast codebase that has evolved over time. Inputs from multiple developers over the years increases complexity. Coupled with this, legacy systems have huge amounts of documentation, as well as many undocumented features. All of this makes change complex time-consuming, resource-hungry and prone to failure. One minor change to the source code can lead to multiple conflicts across the system. Our SCAD Software framework simplifies your codebase, typically reducing it by at least 40%. As a result change is faster, simpler and less risky. We don’t even need your existing source code to take on the challenge – we can work either with front-end screens or a database schema.

  • Once we have simplified the code base, it is much easier to make the changes you need to enhance the functionality and performance of your legacy applications, without putting service reliability at risk. We can make the changes you need, at a pace that suits your priorities and your budget, whether that’s all at once, or with a phased approach.

  • Our projects are not held back by the need to update or re-write your existing code base. By replacing your code with metadata, we can complete projects that typically take years, within months. Customer feedback tells us we are 75% faster than alternative approaches. We can truly help you accelerate the pace of change, so your IT becomes a strategic asset, not a barrier to transformation.

  • With SCAD Software, there is no need to rip and replace. Instead we can modernise your applications, so you can migrate to new environments and add the functionality you need to streamline performance and increase productivity. And because we replace your codebase with metadata, you have the full documentation you need to future-proof your legacy estate.

  • Finally, we are the only software developer that shares the financial risk with you. By choosing us as your software development partner you not only protect your legacy software, you also save money. Because we are faster, we typically cost less than alternative approaches, and we have built results-based remuneration into our business model.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the biggest factor in deciding to start the modernization process for an application?

    The biggest factor in deciding to start the modernization process for an application is typically the alignment of the application with current and future business needs and goals. This involves assessing whether the application can meet evolving market demands, integrate with new technologies, maintain security standards, and support the scalability and agility needed for business growth. Cost, the application’s current performance issues, and the increasing difficulty in maintaining or updating the legacy system are also crucial factors.

  • Is it possible to modernize a legacy app with no detailed documentation (functional specifications)?

    Yes, it is possible to modernize a legacy app without detailed documentation, although it can be challenging. The process typically involves reverse engineering and careful analysis to understand the app’s functionality and business logic. This may be achieved through code reviews, interviewing subject matter experts, and using automated tools to analyze and document the existing system. A thorough understanding of the application’s current state is essential before beginning the modernization process.

  • How can I be sure that the modernized app will bring the expected results instead of only wasting the company’s time and resources?

    To ensure that the modernized app brings expected results, it’s important to have a well-defined strategy and clear objectives for the modernization process. This includes setting measurable goals, conducting a thorough assessment of the existing application, and understanding the specific business needs it should meet. Engaging experienced professionals and using proven methodologies can greatly reduce risks. Additionally, involving stakeholders throughout the process and adopting an iterative approach with continuous testing and feedback can help align the modernization with business objectives and user expectations.

  • Can we modernize legacy applications without operational downtime?

    Modernizing legacy applications without operational downtime is challenging but possible. This can be achieved by using strategies like parallel running, where the new system is developed and tested alongside the old one until it is ready to take over. Another approach is incremental modernization, where the application is updated in small, manageable sections, thus minimizing disruption. The choice of strategy depends on the complexity of the application and the business’s tolerance for risk and downtime.

  • Is it possible to avoid long freeze-up of the apps during modernization?

    Avoiding long freeze-ups of applications during modernization is feasible through careful planning and adopting modern deployment techniques. Using microservices architecture, for example, allows different parts of the application to be updated independently. Additionally, implementing feature toggles and continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) practices enables smoother, incremental roll-outs of new features without complete system freeze-ups. Preparing a comprehensive rollback plan is also crucial in case of unforeseen issues during the modernization process.