Legacy Modernization: First, Do No Harm

I began my career in the tech biz in the halcyon days of ERP. Back in the early aughts, when demand was high and there was still a great deal of efficiency to be wrung out of business process, a few widely held beliefs permeated the industry’s collective consciousness. First, that commercial-off-the-shelf solutions were superior to homegrown, custom and bespoke software.  And second, that business process...

Why application modernization does not equal code translation

For a while, it seemed as if the IT world had found the perfect solution to application modernization: code translation. You would take an application written in an older language, send it through a tool to translate it, and then—presto!—you had the same application in a modern language. The problem is, it never really worked. It was still the same application. What we’ve learned as an industry is that...
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