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Modernising Applications to Cultivate Your New Normal
June 15, 2020 Blog


When governments worldwide imposed lockdowns to help control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organisations switched to their business continuity plans to ensure productivity remains. While there were businesses that had to literally stop operations, many were still able to have their employees work remotely.

For long-established companies, enabling a remote workforce can be challenging. Companies that run on legacy applications that date before the era of cloud and mobility can’t hand out iPads or tablets and say to their staff, “Here you go, use these devices to connect to all the systems you need from home!” Legacy applications are typically not optimised for remote working, despite being integral to business operations.

The COVID-19 outbreak has injected urgency into the application modernisation aspirations of these companies. According to the Workplace Transformation – Global Market Outlook report, workplace transformation is expected to reach US$51.49 billion by 2027. The report highlighted that one critical factor for this growth includes demand in advanced BYOD technologies to reduce operational expenditures.

Businesses that depend on legacy applications now have to seriously consider updating their infrastructure, and doing so at speed to remain relevant. Enterprises have to make the new normal of remote working – including practices such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Company Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE) – part of their DNA. Given the changing dynamics of the business world, there is no option for enterprises but to embark on the journey of modernisation.

However, modernising existing applications is no easy task. Adding that essential link between legacy and cloud-based systems is even more complex. Getting it wrong could prove to be costly, especially when it involves long-serving, mission-critical applications.

IBM Cloud Paks can help organisations ensure a successful application modernisation journey. IBM Cloud Paks are enterprise-ready, containerised software solutions that enable businesses to move their core business applications to the cloud in a faster, more open and secure way.

By taking a containerised approach, businesses can significantly reduce the cost of modernisation and cloud migration. This means less time is spent on preparing infrastructure and platforms, and more time can be spent on development and functionality.

Taking this approach allows companies to conveniently modernise their existing applications and integrate them into new cloud-native applications that are developed quickly and can be deployed on any cloud.

In today’s climate, companies need to innovate in order to survive, and modernising your application is the key to accelerating your innovation.

To find out more about how you can modernise your legacy applications to meet the demands of the new normal in a cost-effective way post COVID-19, click here.