February 2, 2018
5 Common Mistakes Businesses Make When Starting the App Modernization Process
App modernization is both a cost effective and efficient way to take your business to the next level. App modernization is the process of taking existing software infrastructure and elevating it to suit both your customers’ and your internal needs. A project may entail re-platforming, simplifying or extending existing features. As maintaining legacy systems becomes increasingly expensive, App modernization is the least invasive way to keep pace with technology in the marketplace.
Like any other project, there are some major mistakes to avoid in app modernization. Mistakes made in app modernization can lead to operational disruptions that can negatively affect your customers.
It goes without saying that successful project management relies heavily on effective communication. App modernization is no different. At the inception of the project, open communication should be established as a ground rule to share ideas, communicate challenges and to make sure everyone is on the same page. Plan regular team meetings where stakeholders can share updates, bounce ideas off one another and ensure that everyone is operating in lock step.
Stakeholders in app modernization projects include more than just senior managers, executives and engineers. Make sure to include those using applications on a day-to-day basis to avoid oversight on key business functions. It’s easy for those at the top to drive strategy, but they’re typically not in the trenches servicing customers or executing key operational functions.
Partnering with the Wrong Vendors
For any function, partnering with the wrong vendors can be catastrophic. Make sure to partner with the vendor that fits your needs. This includes scope, budget, technical capabilities and culture. Before shopping for vendors, make your strategic initiatives clear and get buy-in from stakeholders to ensure you’ll find the proper fit.
Underestimating Your Current Software
Legacy systems are built on years of data form user input, upgrades and added features. Underestimating the complexity of your existing systems can create further complications and headaches during the modernization process. Make sure you understand your existing systems when setting the scope of your project.
Building Applications First, Then Moving Data
Like any project, there’s a sense of urgency to build and get things done. However, many companies make the mistake of building applications first and then migrating their data. Your new system is likely to house data in a different way. Conversions later on in the project can create roadblocks that setback your go-live date.