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3 Legacy Software Modernization Case Studies and 12 Lessons We’ve Learned

According to a recent survey, businesses that fail to modernize their software systems run the risk of losing up to $1.8 trillion in productivity.

Although software modernization works, it can be complex and costly. That’s why it helps to learn from some of the successful legacy system modernization case studies

This article discusses 3 legacy system modernization success stories of our valuable clients and the lessons learned.

Case Study #1 Upgrading AngularJS to Angular 11 for an Enterprise-wide Web Platform

A premium provider of information technology and financial services in the healthcare industry experienced bottlenecks with their multiple module system built on AngularJS. They sought to migrate from AngularJS to Angular 11 to overcome these challenges.

Major challenges encountered during migration and our solutions

  • Dealing with complex functionality and architecture: Since the architectural patterns in AngularJS and Angular are completely different, our team aligned the business logic of the solution with the target system.

  • Selecting proper substitutes for legacy AngularJS tools: We carefully chose libraries to facilitate further maintenance on the new Angular 11 system.

  • Efficient management of user resistance to the new designs: We devised a plan to boost user acceptance towards the new look of the application.

  • Data transfer was the second-hardest task: This is one of the many disadvantages of legacy systems – moving data to better infrastructure. Our team took an incremental approach to migrate data that eliminated disruptions and operational interruptions.

The results

The client received a quality product, complete documentation, and a streamlined software structure. They gained a higher ROI with improved performance, and credits to the new on-time system. Maintenance costs were reduced as bugs and errors can now be resolved much faster and with less effort.

Upgrading AngularJS to Angular Case Study | ModLogix

The project, which is still ongoing, taught us the following lessons

Lesson 1 Frameworks with the same roots can be utterly different; thus, they must be approached differently

AngularJS and Angular 11 are completely different, so the frameworks require different approaches, and the upgrade wizards won’t help. Approximately half of your application’s codebase must be rewritten from scratch to ensure a smooth transition.

Lesson 2 Redesign the app in parallel if users and business context require it

The new solution’s frontend might require a few UX changes by a developer during the migration.

Lesson 3 Don’t be afraid to rewrite the app’s parts or the whole app piece by piece

If rewriting is carefully planned and done right, the new solution will fit your budget, meet deadlines, and maximize the ROI.

Lesson 4 Consultation with a professional software modernization company ensures successful migration

Switching from AngularJS to Angular is complicated, so do it with an expert legacy systems modernization vendor. A proper consultation will save you money and reduce the development time.

Read the full version of the case study on AngularJS.

Case Study #2: Migrating .NET Framework 4.7 Backend of the Large-scale Enterprise System to .NET Core 3.2

For this legacy software modernization case study, we helped our client, a key player in the US healthcare market, achieve a successful .NET Framework to .NET Core migration

Major challenges encountered during migration and our solutions

  • Recreating the functionality of the target system: During the migration, our team rewrote some parts to save the initial system’s structure. 

  • Selecting proper substitutes for the missing .NET Framework libraries: Most third-party controls and libraries of the .NET can’t be ported to .NET Core. So, we had to manually choose the needed libraries and controls.

  • Implementing new features on the go: The business needs kept changing throughout modernization, forcing our team to work on the new functionalities concurrently.

The results 

This 6 months project allowed us to provide an improved application to our clients, with more opportunities for users. First, in contrast to .NET Framework limitations, .NET Core lets the system run smoothly on Mac, Linux, and Windows. With the new .NET standard libraries, their dev team can now implement crucial features much faster in different environments at once.

Migrating .NET Framework 4.7 to .NET Core Case Study | ModLogix

Lessons we learned from this migration

Lesson 5 Refactor, refactor, and refactor again

Refactor code until you can’t. By legacy code refactoring, we enhanced the structure, design and implementation of the program. This, in turn, minimizes complexities and improves code readability and maintainability.

Lesson 6 Plan the migration in advance

Start making plans to upgrade your application and invest in solid documentation because the lack of it becomes the biggest obstacle to modernizing outdated applications.

Lesson 7 Thoroughly choose the proper substitutes for the existing app’s libraries and components

Even straightforward migration projects might fail. You need to replace existing app libraries with compatible ones; you don’t choose randomly. Select elements according to the system’s functionality and the initial structure.

Lesson 8 Avoid possible pitfalls during the migration from the very beginning

There are many pitfalls for software migration projects, and the one thing you can do here is to follow industry best practices. Starting with frequent system audits to be in the loop of any issues, learning about tech updates (and we know the best place to look for them – ModLogix blog), and working with a trustworthy legacy software modernization company.

Read more details about .NET migration and its peculiarities.

Case Study #3 Cloud Migration from ASP.NET Webforms to Microsoft Azure 

Our client is a scalable clinical trials database registry for this case study.

Major challenges encountered during migration and our solutions

  • System environment parameters: Moving the system to the cloud could cause malfunction and security concerns. To solve this issue, our team built a development environment in the cloud and rewrote some app parts to make them compatible. 

  • Database compatibility: The MS SQL database used in the current system needed upgrades and fixes because it wasn’t Azure SQL compliant. We solved these challenges by building an ASP.NET app for inserting into the Azure SQL database.

  • Unsupported parts: Azure Firewall was incompatible with the current solution – flagging several harmless requests as potential threats that could stop the whole system’s work. To mitigate this, our team replaced the Azure Firewall with Cloudflare Firewall, which allowed specific requests.

The results

With this 4 months project, we delivered a modern application that offered 200 times faster report building, 99,99% guaranteed business continuity, and 297 code issues fixed. 

Cloud Migration Project for Enterpise System | ModLogix

The project allowed us to learn the following lessons

Lesson 9 Calculate the cost of cloud migration beforehand 

In order to meet the budget, you need to be aware of all the upcoming costs – pre-migration, cloud, migration, as well as post-migration costs. List everything to avoid unpleasant surprises. 

Lesson 10 Understand your workloads before selecting a cloud model

The amount of workload that your business deals with affects the cloud model that you should opt for. Consider elements like request size, web page load time, and time zones.

Lesson 11 Pay attention to the solution architecture in the cloud

Work with Data architects to implement several best practices when planning, building and maximizing the benefits of a cloud data architecture. Adopt metrics to assess how cloud services can minimize the cycle time of data analytics applications.

Lesson 12 Adopt a comprehensive approach to development 

It is important to choose the most suitable method among legacy software modernization approaches to meet all of your project needs.

Discover more about this legacy to cloud migration project.

Final Thoughts

The above case studies in legacy system modernization affirm that with the right technical partner, every business can achieve successful software modernization, to benefit from that boost in ROI, reduction in costs, and improved performance.

Browse our site to discover more examples of legacy modernization.  

Take the first step towards your modernization journey. Schedule a free consultation session with ModLogix today to get started.

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