In an era of rapid technological advancement, companies are under increasing pressure to digitally transform their businesses to stay ahead of the competition. However, many businesses are burdened with legacy applications that are difficult to scale, expensive to maintain, and vulnerable to security threats. These outdated applications can hinder business growth, impede agility, and result in higher operational costs. Modernising applications for the cloud is essential to address these issues and take advantage of the benefits offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure.
AWS Application Modernisation is designed to help you enhance and evolve your existing applications in the cloud. Our experienced developers assess your current applications and work collaboratively with you to modernise them. We also have a deep understanding of serverless computing, and we can help your business leverage the principles of AWS 2.0 to reduce your costs, improve your scalability and agility, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Our approach includes:
We assess and transform your applications to leverage AWS cloud-native features. We focus on improving performance, scalability, security, and cost-effectiveness.
Testing & Validation
Our team conducts rigorous testing to ensure your modernised applications meet your requirements and function as expected. We validate performance improvements, scalability, and security enhancements.
Deployment & Support
We deploy your modernised applications to the AWS cloud and provide ongoing support and maintenance to ensure continuous improvement and optimal performance.
Why Modernise your Application with Codex?
By choosing Codex to collaborate with you to modernise your applications, you can expect:
With cloud-native designs, your applications can easily scale up or down based on demand, ensuring you can handle varying workloads efficiently.
We implement AWS security best practices to protect your applications and data from threats, ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations.
By leveraging AWS services and optimising your applications for the cloud, you can significantly reduce operational costs and achieve more cost-effective infrastructure.
Agility & Innovation
Modernised applications are easier to update and enhance, enabling you to quickly respond to market changes and innovate faster.
Application Modernisation FAQs
What is application modernisation?
Application modernisation is the strategic transformation of existing legacy applications to enhance their functionality, performance, and adaptability to evolving business needs. This process encompasses updating the internal architecture, platform infrastructure, and features of legacy applications to align them with current technologies and best practices.
Application modernisation services involve migrating legacy applications to new platforms or applications, seamlessly integrating new business functionality, and enhancing interoperability with existing systems. The spectrum of application development and modernisation options includes re-hosting, re-platforming, rearchitecting, recoding, re-engineering, interoperability, and in some cases, the strategic retirement or replacement of outdated applications.
To ensure the correct modernisation approach, a thorough assessment of the application architecture and business goals is essential. This evaluation helps identify the most appropriate modernisation strategy, whether it involves incremental enhancements or a complete overhaul.
Why is application modernisation important?
Application modernisation is crucial for businesses today as it enables them to remain competitive, agile, and responsive to ever-changing market demands. The compelling reasons why application modernisation is essential for businesses include:
- Enhanced Performance and Scalability: Modern applications are built with cutting-edge technologies that can handle increased workloads, process data faster, and scale efficiently to accommodate growing user bases. This improved performance translates into a smoother user experience, faster response times, and reduced downtime.
- Improved Security and Compliance: Legacy applications often lack the robust security features and compliance mechanisms that are essential in today’s digital landscape. Modernising applications reinforces security protocols, protects sensitive data, and ensures adherence to evolving compliance regulations, mitigating the risk of data breaches and legal repercussions.
- Reduced Maintenance Costs: Legacy applications often require significant resources for maintenance and upkeep, draining IT budgets and diverting attention from innovation. Modernising applications simplifies codebases, reduces maintenance overhead, and frees up IT teams to focus on strategic initiatives.
- Enhanced Agility and Innovation: Modern applications are built with modular architectures that enable faster development and deployment cycles. This agility allows businesses to respond quickly to market changes, introduce new features, and adapt to evolving customer needs.
- Improved User Experience and Engagement: Modernised applications are designed with user-centricity in mind, providing intuitive interfaces, personalised experiences, and seamless integration across devices. This enhanced user experience fosters customer satisfaction, engagement, and brand loyalty.
- Enabling Digital Transformation: Application modernisation is a cornerstone of digital transformation, enabling businesses to embrace new technologies, adopt cloud computing, and leverage emerging trends like artificial intelligence and machine learning. This digital transformation empowers businesses to streamline processes, gain insights from data, and optimise decision-making.
- Extending Application Lifespan: Modernising applications extends their lifespan, allowing businesses to continue reaping value from their existing investments. This approach is often more cost-effective than complete application replacement and provides a smoother transition to new technologies.
- Unlocking New Business Opportunities: Modern applications can unlock new business opportunities by enabling businesses to explore innovative features, expand into new markets, and tap into emerging technologies. This adaptability fosters growth and competitiveness in an ever-evolving business landscape.
- Reducing Risk and Ensuring Business Continuity: By addressing the vulnerabilities and limitations of legacy applications, modernisation reduces the risk of system failures, data breaches, and business disruptions. This proactive approach ensures business continuity and protects critical operations.
- Attracting and Retaining Talent: Modernised application environments are attractive to skilled developers and IT professionals, as they offer opportunities to work with cutting-edge technologies and contribute to innovative projects. This talent retention enhances a company’s ability to attract and retain top talent.
What is serverless architecture?
Serverless architecture is a cloud computing execution model in which the cloud provider dynamically manages the allocation and provisioning of computing resources. Developers can create and deploy code without having to provision or manage servers. The cloud provider takes care of all the underlying infrastructure, so developers can focus on writing code and solving business problems.
Serverless architecture is based on the idea of paying for compute time on an as-needed basis. This means that organisations only pay for the resources that their code consumes, which can lead to significant cost savings compared to traditional server-based architectures.
What are the benefits of using serverless architecture for application modernisation?
Serverless architecture offers numerous benefits over traditional server-based architectures, including:
- Reduced cost: Organisations only pay for the resources they use, so there are no upfront costs for infrastructure.
- Reduced carbon footprint: Serverless architecture can reduce the carbon footprint of applications by up to 88% by eliminating idle servers, scaling automatically, reducing cooling costs, and reducing hardware waste.
- Increased scalability: Serverless applications can scale up or down automatically to meet demand, without the need for manual intervention.
- Improved agility: Developers can focus on writing code, rather than managing servers and infrastructure.
- Reduced complexity: Serverless architecture eliminates the need for developers to manage servers and infrastructure, which can simplify development and deployment.
- High availability: Serverless applications are highly available, as they are not dependent on any particular server or piece of hardware.
- Improved security: Serverless architecture can help businesses to improve the security of their applications.
How can I use serverless architecture to modernise my applications?
Serverless architecture can be a powerful tool for modernising applications. By offloading the management of infrastructure to the cloud provider, developers can focus on writing and deploying code, leading to faster development cycles and improved agility. In addition, serverless architecture can help to reduce costs, improve scalability, and enhance security.
Using serverless architecture to modernise your applications typically includes the following steps:
- Identifying Suitable Applications: Start by identifying applications that are well-suited for a serverless approach. Applications with unpredictable traffic patterns, batch processing needs, or event-driven workflows are good candidates for serverless.
- Analysing Existing Architecture: Thoroughly analyse the existing architecture of the applications you plan to modernise. Understand the application’s components, dependencies, and data flow to identify potential challenges and opportunities for serverless adoption.
- Choosing a Cloud Provider: Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a mature and reliable serverless platform, and Codex is a strong proponent of leveraging the principles of AWS 2.0 and its extensive collection of serverless services.
- Decoupling and Refactoring Code: Break down the application into smaller, independent functions or microservices. This decoupling allows for more efficient serverless deployment and management.
- Leveraging Serverless Services: Utilise the serverless platform’s services for tasks like data storage, authentication, and messaging. This eliminates the need to manage and scale these components separately.
- Implementing Monitoring and Logging: Establish robust monitoring and logging mechanisms to track application performance, resource utilisation, and errors. This allows for proactive troubleshooting and optimisation.
- Automating Deployment and Testing: Employ continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines to automate application deployment and testing. This ensures consistent and reliable updates in the serverless environment.
- Optimising Cost and Performance: Continuously monitor and optimise application performance and resource utilisation to minimise costs. Consider using serverless cost optimisation tools and techniques.
- Addressing Security Considerations: Implement appropriate security measures to protect the application and its data in the serverless environment. This includes access control, encryption, and vulnerability management.
- Embracing Continuous Improvement: Regularly review and refine the serverless implementation, incorporating lessons learned and adapting to changing requirements.
What are some of the success stories of application modernisation on AWS?
These are just a few of the success stories of application modernisation on AWS:
- Capital One: Capital One is one of the largest retail banks in the U.S. and it migrated its fraud detection system to AWS 2.0 and reduced fraud by 30%, improved the customer experience, and increased revenue. It now has more than 2,000 applications hosted on AWS. You can read more about their experience with a serverless-first strategy here.
- Expedia: Expedia migrated its core booking platform to AWS and achieved a 20% reduction in costs, a 30% improvement in performance, and increased scalability. You can read how Expedia Group increased agility and resiliency by going all in on AWS here.
- Adobe: Adobe migrated its Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) content management system (CMS) to AWS and realised a 50% reduction in costs, a 30% improvement in performance, and increased agility and innovation.
Netflix: Netflix migrated its recommendation engine to AWS and achieved a 50% reduction in latency, improved the accuracy of recommendations, and increased customer satisfaction.
- Intuit: Intuit migrated its TurboTax application to AWS and achieved a 40% reduction in costs, a 50% improvement in performance, and increased agility and innovation.
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