Legacy Modernization - A big topic of the modern day


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Legacy modernizationLegacy modernization is a constant attempt for companies to improve their services and to provide the quickest access to information. Similar to 2018, CIO, CSO’s, CTO’s and others will have infrastructure modernization at the top of their agenda for the 2019 year.

Several CIO’s, CSO’s and CTO’s are still driven by the need for an agile infrastructure to be able to support old and new, and to enable digital services to meet both short and long term business strategies and goals.

Digital business is described as the creation of new business designs by blurring the digital and physical worlds. As IDC describes it, digital transformation is the use of 3rd platform technologies to create value and competitive advantage through new offerings, new business models, and new relationships (1).

According to the IDC State of Digital Transformation Report, organizations say their biggest obstacles in achieving success with digital business initiatives include lack of sufficient budget (39%), lack of staff and/or correct skill sets (36%), the need to replace legacy systems (34%), and cultural issues (33%). Additionally, IDC noted more than a third of organizations (44%) have already started implementing a digital-first approach to business processes, operations and customer engagement. Some 19% are in the integration process of making operational and technology changes throughout the enterprise, and 18% are executing their digital plans and making process, operational and technology changes on a department and business unit level. Just 7% of companies have already fully implemented their digital first approach and are in the maintenance phase.

Dated Legacy Strategies aren’t Ready for Change

Today’s enterprises and organizations face a widening divergence between the IT infrastructure demanded by new business needs and the infrastructure they’ve piled up over several years.  According to the insider report Global Application Modernization Services Market, broadcast by KBV research, the Global Application Modernization Services Market measurement is predicted to make it to $17.7 billion by 2023. That being said, modernization is here is to stay (2).

Software, web applications, and enterprise systems are faster, leaner, and easier to use than ever before.  They can crunch more “big data”, can be backed up at the drop of a hat, are more secure, and have the ability to be housed in the cloud. An organization can easily fall behind a competitor using a newer system that allows them to run faster and more effectively.

Outdated legacy technology and systems threaten the security of your organization and your customers

If you’ve worked in data security or software updating before, this should make a lot of sense. Security is based largely on that lean IT concept. Continuous changes made to meet the latest threats. Reactive, rather than proactive.  Legacy systems by their nature struggle with this because of their age. Certain vulnerabilities may not be as easy to fix due to the large, inflexible nature of older systems. Even if there is a solution, the patch is typically greatly stalled, because it is much more difficult for developers to create a legacy fix – and far lower on the priority list. As a result, after a period of safety, legacy systems quickly enter a phase where they are a danger to the company and customers.

The smart enterprise meets these challenges by replacing outdated Managed File Transfer and Business-to-Business technology, systems and services with digitally enabled, modernized, secure, trustworthy, agile, and scalable hybrid integration platforms that can be deployed on-promise or in any cloud environment.

Start Planning your Legacy Migration Today

New age, digitalized applications are less complex and highly customizable. Modernized applications and systems offer greater ability and can be accessed and maintained from anywhere. It is easy to maintain automated processes of well-integrated applications, additionally, there is no crisis of resources for maintaining such applications. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine your organizations need for legacy modernization:

  • How do you guarantee that data from your core applications is consolidated and used correctly for mobile and digital services?
  • Do you need to invest large amounts of time and effort into developing data mapping process and work flow orchestration to provide real-time data?
  • Do you need centralized reporting, governance and secure data store for all workflows?
  • Are you confident your infrastructure can withstand critical upgrades in your environment?


The benefits stem from replacing disparate, fragmented and departmental silo’d systems with a single, agile and modern platform like the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite that integrates EDI, B2B, API and Managed File Transfer functions; eliminating legacy integration technologies  that require multiple patch upgrades and ongoing fixes to support new protocols and comply with evolving regulatory and governance requirements; and leveraging newer technology to provide end-to-end visibility of all B2B and file exchange processes for easy tracking by business users without IT intervention.

Learn more: https://www.seeburger.com/fileadmin/pdf/SEEBURGER-Legacy-Modernization.pdf

  1. State of Digital Business Transformation, IDC, 2018
  2. Global Application Modernization Services Market, KBV Research.

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Ulf Persson
Ulf Persson, SVP, Global Business Development is responsible for thought leadership, global business development, partner programs, product and solution management, marketing and lead generation related to SEEBURGER’s business integration technology and solutions for various global industries such as Financial Services, Utilities, Healthcare and more. Ulf has more than 25 years of global business and technology experience working with product and solution delivery of enterprise application integration, EDI, B2B, MFT, API, Analytics and Big Data, Mobile, Digital Transformation and industry specific technology initiatives, both on-premise and in the cloud. Ulf has been with SEEBURGER since October 2016, and prior to this with international business integration technology providers working in various global leadership roles.

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