One of the biggest challenges faced by enterprise businesses is legacy software. Whether you had a custom application made for you several years ago or you built your tech stack on software that has aged over time, legacy applications will eventually hold back your business. In fact, if your legacy applications haven’t been updated with the times, you are missing out on the latest technologies that have been released since your solution was built.
Once you start updating your legacy applications, you can begin integrating new technologies that improve performance, functionality, and user experience.
Let’s take a look at the technologies you could leverage if you modernize your legacy applications.
1) Cloud Computing
Cloud computing removes location limiters from your operations. When your systems work in the cloud, team members can work from anywhere and collaborate live. This enables travel, remote and hybrid work, and ultimate scalability. Cloud computing also enables cost-savings offered by cloud-based infrastructures. This opens the doors to a vast array of integrated cloud-based solutions.
While cloud computing is not new, the acceleration and migration to the cloud continues to increase. Per a 2022 study from the Foundry, 69% of companies have accelerated their cloud migration.
2) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
AI and ML are adaptive programs that learn from your data and provide responsive performance. Depending on the AI program you incorporate, your operations will gain the benefit of natural language processing, image recognition, or large-scale predictive analysis.
3) Microservices Architecture
Microservices make it possible to break your application down into smaller, more manageable services that you can develop, deploy, as well as scale independently. This will also speed up your update process and manage each of your processes to reach optimal performance or customer satisfaction without waiting on larger-scale update and development projects.
Containerization technologies such as Docker can help package and deploy your application in a consistent and portable way. Whether your goal is to sell your services in a more efficient way or to modularize updates so that your clients can customize their experience, containerization streamlines your deployment. It makes it possible to specifically target deployment for platforms, audiences, as well as functionality.
5) Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT, or the internet of things, creates a network of wirelessly connected devices. You can control them through mobile apps, smart home voice commands, or a centralized dashboard. Integrating IoT technologies can enable your application to connect and interact with a wide variety of physical devices. This can include sensors and smart devices to control workplace features and add new functionality across multiple locations.
Blockchain technology creates absolute transparency with permanent transaction recordings, controlled through decentralized and tamper-proof data handling infrastructure. This technology can help improve security as well as provide completely auditable data that records every time the data is viewed or edited.
7) Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
AR and VR create new and immersive experiences used for entertainment, research, or training depending on the opportunities within your industry. AR or Augmented Reality applies digital changes to the world around you. This can be seen in interior decorating apps or the notorious Pokemon Go. Meanwhile, VR or Virtual Reality creates a completely digital environment that can be entered like a video game or through an immersive VR headset and is the foundation of the metaverse.
DevOps or Development Operations provides oversight and integrated management of your entire technology stack. DevOps enables development, testing, security, integration, delivery, and deployment; streamlining your processes as well as improving collaboration from the first wireframes to post-release support.
Upgrading Your Business Technology by Leaving Behind Legacy Applications
No matter your sector or business model, your company has a great deal to gain by updating legacy applications and adopting the latest in business technology.
Catalyst UX is ready to help your company move forward and rebuild its operations with a cutting-edge technology stack. Contact us to explore the latest technology options for your business.