Most companies today have a strategy for—or at least some goals surrounding—digital transformation. But as much as a coherent digital strategy is recognized as a necessity in today’s business world, many companies still struggle to achieve their digital goals. One common barrier they face is their dependence on legacy software. Removing this barrier has the potential to accelerate a company’s digital transformation, but it is important to understand that there are a number of options when dealing with legacy applications:
Way back in 2001, a small group of people issued a manifesto that came to revolutionize the world of software development. The principles underpinning this movement, known as agile development included a commitment to the end user, an ability to adapt to changing requirements, frequent delivery, collaborative work environments, results orientation, maintainability, simplicity, and constant improvement.
Check this Accenture blog article on how to leverage the value of your legacy COBOL and Powerbuilder applications. If you are stuck with a Client Server Powerbuilder application it shows you a path to a responsive web UI based on Angular JS with a Spring Bootstrap backend.
Find the article here: https://www.accenture.com/us-en/blogs/blogs-bring-value-legacy-applications-forward
Migrating applications from aging programming environments (e.g., Cobol, Pacbase, etc.) to modern Cloud-ready technologies (Java EE, .NET…) is a challenging task both at functional and technical levels. Unlike classical software projects -usually initiated from scratch- modernization projects start with millions of lines of code to be explored, understood and transformed.
Technology is evolving at an exponential speed. So do applications, code and the complexity of IT legacy. Maintenance costs for legacy applications are constantly increasing, and require rarefying IT skills. Modernizing business strategic applications, freeing them from aging technologies and opening the way to new functionalities and Digital is now key to sustainable growth.