Application Modernisation

Re-architecture | Re-factoring | Re-packaging | IAAS | PAAS

Application Modernisation Overview

Modernising legacy systems to meet customer demands and take advantage of innovation is critical to prevent losing competitive advantage and market share. Legacy modernisation is about using and reusing an applications past strengths and combining them with the opportunities that current and future technologies present. 

When reviewing opportunities to migrate application workloads or transform your applications to the Cloud, the common pitfall is not properly assessing the Cloud migration pathways available. 

TL Consulting can address these challenges by applying innovative application re-platforming strategies to assess and optimise the customer experience, with architecture and advisory services to accelerate your Cloud native journey. With a mindset shift, aspirations such as container orchestration, infrastructure as code, CICD and Full-Stack (infrastructure & application) automation are often achievable where never thought possible. 

Fast forward your legacy Enterprise Application with the right Strategy.

TL Consulting offers re-architecture capabilities, including solutions and services designed to analyze your current technology landscape, reviewing applications and further optimise your readiness to transition into a Cloud Native environment.

Problem Statement

When reviewing opportunities to migrate and transform application workloads to the Cloud, a common pitfall is not properly assessing all the available migration pathways. Instead, most organisations follow the shortest and easiest path of a “lift and shift” migration. This approach leads to higher than necessary cloud costs, through usage of legacy architectures that consume more resources than is necessary. 

Whilst simple to implement, a simple “lift and shift” to the cloud may be an inefficient and expensive option in the mid to long term. More applications end up running on virtual machines, rather than taking advantage of on-demand Cloud services and per-use pricing modelsthereby increasing virtual compute, memory and storage costs, meaning substantially higher Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)All that has been achieved here is transference of infrastructure costs to the Cloud, without benefitting from the inherent benefits of “utility” and “zero downtime” models that modern Cloud architectures can provide 

As a result, many organizations struggle with the myriad options for re-platforming or re-architecting – on one hand trying to strategically position themselves for the long-term, while on the other ensuring their business is not “locked-in” to a specific cloud provider. Often, the end result is a Cloud journey that is cumbersome and less portable. 

End to End Delivery - Application Modernisation

Advisory Services

Managing new technology projects from end-to-end can be a challenge, especially when you are short on skilled staff or do not have access to the required agile or technical skillsets. Our Professional Services has a proven track record in BFSI, Education, Entertainment and Government sectors, against which you can align your business and technology strategies and achieve quick wins. 

Cloud-Native Application Assessment

Our Professional Services team employs a thorough evaluation process to identify the best method to transform your applications to Cloud-native. Applications are reviewed based on architecture principles and proven design patterns. Key workloads are reviewed with migration to the cloud in mind, with an assessment process aligned to our 12-factor app methodology. This means that our assessment framework considers not just application architecture, but also design, production workflows, pipelines, and dependencies. The result is a roadmap to achieve maximum portability and resilience of your cloud workloads. 

Application Transformation & Modernisation

Once our Professional Services team has evaluated your current architecture, we apply software engineering practices and modern techniques to deliver an advanced architectural framework. This involves utilising an iterative application refactoring method that uses 12-factor principles and microservices design patterns. The transition to Cloud-native requires a microservices model, reducing the monolith into smaller units deployed in orchestrated docker containers leveraging Kubernetes for maximum cost efficiency. The modernisation approach also includes advanced CICD pipelines and infrastructure-as-code with a push-button approach to build/deploy application workloads and infrastructure services. 

Optimisation of Transformed Software

Operationalisation occurs in this phase, where technical debt refactoring is applied, and CICD pipelines are revisited and optimised to ensure the model is standardised, repetitive and resilient. Application maintainability and monitoring is another important aspect of your consideration to drive further improvements in delivery, maintenance, and troubleshooting. This is then transitioned into a managed service model that fits your needs. 

Managed Services and Enhanced Support Services

During transition to go-live and run phases, TL Consulting Supplier offers a range of support options, from interim part-time support for fixed period to assist with handover and knowledge transfer, right up to full-time dedicated Professional Services consultantto provide ongoing development and management of the solution. 

Our aim is to offer a ‘right sized’ operating model to support and uplift your key SMEsscaling up or down over time as you require, in order that they realise the most benefits from the new architecture that has been implemented.  

Opportunities to Enable an Effective Cloud Strategy

Awareness of re-architecture and re-platforming opportunities are crucial for Enterprises who are seeking effective enablement of their Cloud Strategy.

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