Application Modernization is Less Painful than You Think

Ditching monoliths in favor of the cloud is cheaper, more flexible, and faster, allowing you to spend less on operations and more on innovations. 

Legacy systems devour budgets while hampering change. Long before the pandemic, companies were seeking ways to increase IT agility and response without increasing costs, but COVID made these outcomes imperative and immediate. 

Modern IT concerns 

Today’s organizations face these ongoing issues: 

  • How to maintain security and structure when operations are widely dispersed and constantly changing  
  • How to get true value from all their data—both older data and new data from an ever-diversifying market 
  • How to help people boost efficiency while minimizing their technology change learning curves 
  • How to build a foundation that can accommodate growth while remaining cost-effective  

People-oriented solutions 

Approaching application modernization with end users in mind addresses these concerns from the beginning. Different people within an organization have needs that are often at odds with each other. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution anymore if there ever was.  

Reimagine IT 

When you apply Design Thinking to the entire concept of IT, you can reimagine it as a series of flexible services, built so that specific aspects can be adjusted with minimal workflow disruption.  

A modernization effort simply cannot interrupt critical business operations, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Incremental cloud deployment that is tailored to meet your most pressing needs first allows business operations to carry on as seamlessly as possible—allowing quick wins even before the transformation is complete. 

Codependent no more 

A legacy system’s application capabilities tend to be enmeshed within its operations, usually in an expensive, resource-guzzling on-prem server. The full system is required to perform even the smallest business service. The process of extracting monolith capabilities and business services and enabling them to run on their own—decoupling—gives you the ability to solve critical problems without bringing your operations to a grinding, cacophonous halt.  

Decoupling lets different parts of the organization operate at their own appropriate speeds. This separation also provides clear visibility into how these services are used across the entire ecosystem—part of the larger process of going cloud-native. 

Application modernization in action 

Resultant collaborated with Colorado’s Office of the Child’s Representative (OCR) to modernize their CARES system, a billing and case management program used by hundreds of attorneys serving children across the state in a legal capacity. By deeply listening to the concerns and objectives of this modernization, we were able to zero in on important capabilities the new system needed to handle. 

The updated cloud-based CARES II provides attorneys a dashboard to view and track their workload. Additionally, it:

  • Sends notifications to attorneys updating task status.  
  • Generates enterprise resource planning (ERP) transaction records for each invoice.  
  • Uses a budget mapping code to map activity items to the state budget. 
  • Generates numerous reports related to children, cases, attorneys, activities, and appointments.  
  • Audits to ensure data integrity.  
  • Allows system administrators to add or edit tables. 

CARES II is intuitive, easy to use, and offers tremendous improvements over the legacy system it replaced.  

The freedom of cloud power 

Modernized, cloud-based applications and processes reduce technology costs in both infrastructure and maintenance. They become a consumable operating expense scaled in real time for actual usage—you don’t pay for what you don’t use. Security improvements and new features happen automatically from the cloud provider side. Your organization is freed from IT operational burdens to pursue innovation, and that’s a better use of everyone’s most valuable resources: people and time.