Engaging and implementing a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform is easy. However, this can contribute to application sprawl without an easy way to manage the implications of service level agreements, necessary integrations, and responsibility for management and upkeep before contracts are signed. Technical debt may not typically start with Shadow IT, but it can accelerate if controls are not in place.
One of the benefits of opening these lines of communication is collaboration in a couple of directions — between development teams across lines of business or between dev teams and the infrastructure group (on-premises or Cloud). Commonly, groups will operate in a siloed fashion and focus on the immediate task at hand, but the costs to the company as a whole can be considerable. The consequences of modernizing applications separately can include redundant tools, duplicative code, delayed timelines, and commercial off-the-shelf customization efforts (COTS).
By addressing these considerations and implementing effective communication strategies, organizations can develop a comprehensive application modernization strategy that aligns with business goals and identifies critical applications for modernization. This communication includes leveraging cloud-based infrastructure and adopting agile development methodologies to improve scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. Working with experienced, skilled partners makes critical expertise and guidance available throughout the application modernization. These experts can help businesses assess their current state, identify risks and challenges, and develop a clear roadmap for success. By implementing best practices throughout the modernization process and continuously monitoring and improving the strategy, businesses can achieve their objectives and reap the benefits of modernizing their applications.
No matter where your organization is along this continuum — application strategy definition, broader cloud strategy challenges, or organizational issues that can hamper communication, the team at ACCSCIENT Digital is ready to help. We can also dig into the fun stuff with you and talk about technology when the time is right!