Making application modernization pragmatic and useful

Ask anyone to define application modernization and you’ll hear many different answers. Here’s a generalization of what we all agree on: Application modernization takes existing applications and data sets that run businesses and makes them more useful, productive, and attractive to those who use them, especially customers. The ability to enhance the customer experience drives more business. 

Some see application modernization as “putting lipstick on a pig,” but that’s not the purpose at all. Application modernization should not be about making applications appear modern; the applications should look and be modern. 

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This means changing the user and machine interfaces, as well as modernizing the internal architecture, public cloud platform infrastructure, application features, and enabling technology. It also involves a move from traditional waterfall development processes to agile and devops. 

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