Modernize Your Applications

Continuously modernize – today’s modern application is tomorrow’s shelfware.

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Major Business Pain Points

  • Application modernization is essential to stay competitive and productive in today’s digital environment. Your stakeholders have outlined their digital business goals that IT is expected to meet.
  • Your application portfolio cannot sufficiently support the flexibility and efficiency the business needs because of legacy challenges.
  • Your teams do not have a framework to illustrate, communicate, and justify the modernization effort and organizational changes in the language your stakeholders understand.
Modernize Your Applications-Pain Points


Key Points

  • Build your digital applications around continuous modernization. End-user needs, technology, business direction, and regulations rapidly change in today’s competitive and fast-paced industry. This reality will quickly turn your modern applications into shelfware. Build continuous modernization at the center of your digital application vision to keep up with evolving business, end-user, and IT needs.
  • Application modernization is organizational change management. If you build and modernize it, they may not come. The crux of successful application modernization is centered on the strategic, well-informed, and onboarded adoption of changes in key business areas, capabilities, and processes. Organizational change management must be front and center so that applications are fit for purpose and are something that end users want and need to use.
  • Business-IT collaboration is not optional. Application modernization will not be successful if your lines of business (LOBs) and IT are not working together. IT must empathize how LOBs operate and proactively support the underlying operational systems. LOBs must be accountable for all products leveraging modern technologies and be able to rationalize the technical feasibility of their digital application vision.
Modernize Your Applications-Recommendations


  • Establish the digital application vision. Gain a grounded understanding of the digital application construct and prioritize these attributes against your digital business goals.
  • Define your modernization approach. Obtain a thorough view of your business and technical complexities, risks, and impacts. Employ the right modernization techniques based on your organization’s change tolerance.
  • Build your roadmap. Clarify the organizational changes needed to support modernization and adoption of your digital applications.

Methodology and Tools

Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should strategically modernize your applications, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

  • Modernize Your Applications – Executive Brief
  • Modernize Your Applications – Phases 1-3
  • Application Modernization Communication Template

1. Set your vision

Describe your application vision and set the right modernization expectations with your stakeholders.

  • Modernize Your Applications – Phase 1: Set Your Vision

2. Identify your modernization opportunities

Focus your modernization efforts on the business opportunities that your stakeholders care about.

  • Modernize Your Applications – Phase 2: Identify Your Modernization Opportunities

3. Plan your modernization

Describe your modernization initiatives and build your modernization tactical roadmap.

  • Modernize Your Applications – Phase 3: Plan Your Modernization

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