Published: 20 July 2022
Legacy applications often impede continuous delivery of value, but rip-and-replace efforts are costly, risky and time-consuming. Applications and software engineering leaders should instead use continuous modernization to minimize the cost, risk and impact of legacy-application optimization.
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A rip-and-replace approach to modernizing applications can be highly disruptive to the organization in terms of cost, risk, time and impact. These factors often outweigh the potential benefits.
Legacy applications are not designed to support continuous delivery, as some components within these applications create obstacles — or friction points — that negatively impact business operations.
Poor coordination between product and platform teams — and lack of engagement with business leaders — will undermine continuous modernization efforts.
To effectively optimize the organizations’ legacy applications, applications and software engineering leaders should:
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