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Market Trends: New Imperatives for Application Modernization to Support Business-Led Value

Published: 01 August 2013

ID: G00251422

Analyst(s): Allie Young, Patrick Sullivan


Clarity of the definition and scope of application modernization, trends, and client challenges and expectations will help providers grow market share, strengthen client retention, and create market differentiation through more focus on promoting their portfolio of offerings.

Table Of Contents


  • Gartner Definition of Application Modernization
    • Business Expectations Play a Larger Role in Today's Application Modernization Initiatives
    • Critical Forces

Market Trend

  • Understanding the Context for Application Modernization: A Life Cycle View Is Critical to Provider Success
  • Defining Application Modernization: Activities That Lead to a "New" Current State
    • Business Buyers Becoming Drivers of Modernization
    • Business Outcomes Fuel and Prioritize Modernization Initiatives
    • New Implementations Are Distinct From Application Modernization Initiatives
  • "Application Modernization" — A Term Being Redefined in Today's Market
    • Application Portfolio Strategy and Planning — An Imperative
    • Key Treatments in Application Modernization: Replatform, Revamp/Simplify, Replace and Extend
  • Demand-Side Factors Shaping Clients' Application Portfolios: High Degree of Change Planned
    • Why Modernization Is Needed
  • Regional Trend
    • Application Modernization Represents Major Initiatives in Mature Regions Today and Future Opportunity in Emerging Markets
  • Technology Trend
    • Core Efforts of Re-engineering and Migration Technologies Continue, but Nexus Technologies Drive Replacement and Extensions

Contrarian View

  • If Enterprise Applications Become More Functional at Low Costs, Modernization Efforts May Be Replaced by New Implementations

Vendors to Watch

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