Legacy Modernization Services
Backend bogging you down? Modernize your software.
When legacy software slows business down, you dream of replacing it. But building from scratch may be too risky. For mission-critical systems, a step-by-step software redesign is no compromise — it’s the best strategy. We can help.
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Get a modernization mindset
Your legacy software handles the heavy lifting for your business. Likely built over a period of 10 to 25 years, it’s just not logical to think you can rebuild it in 6 to 24 months. Let’s see why choosing application modernization services may be the smarter move.
Reduce the risk
Legacy modernization means breaking one overwhelming project into a series of smaller, more doable projects. While 90% of large software projects are challenged or cancelled, just 24% of small projects end up that way. Modernizing step-by-step reduces the risk of a major budget or schedule overrun.
Prioritize the effort
Application modernization puts you in control. When you focus on the features that matter most, you’ll deliver powerful new value fast to those who need it most. Build momentum and get kudos quickly — without making the entire company wait until the entire platform is rebuilt.
Manage the change
Step-by-step software redesign empowers your employees. A roll-forward, roll-back strategy helps you manage the pace of change, smooth out spikes in the learning curve, and protect productivity. Modernization gives your employees ample time to learn and level-up as the platform improves.
Realize the Value
Modernization is an agile process that reduces up-front investment and speeds you to returns in a fraction of the time. With step-by-step software redesign, you also avoid a big write-off by depreciating your software capital investment over time.
Ready to talk modernization?
Modernizing mission-critical applications can unlock new growth for your business. Choose an app modernization partner that can turn yesterday’s software into today’s competitive advantage. Praxent is a software development company with a wealth of experience in legacy modernization services — and we’re here to help you succeed.
Educate your stakeholders
So what can you say to stakeholders who can’t stand your legacy software for one more minute? Tell them that from-scratch development is too risky for massive, critical systems. A clear-eyed assessment will help you avoid large project pitfalls.
Your teams may be frustrated by a backend that’s out of step with today’s business requirements. But your old software has functionality your team doesn’t know about, and data your stakeholders have long forgotten. Requirements will slip through the cracks.
Meanwhile, requirements keep evolving. Even as the new system is being built, features may be added to the old one. This can create a death spiral where the new system can’t catch up to the ever-expanding scope of the old — and the budget soars out of control. Requirements gaps can keep a big project from ever launching at all.
Data migration gotchas
Many software development companies are only too glad to estimate a from-scratch platform build. Building from scratch lets developers create clean, streamlined code. But the old, patchwork system may hold hidden data your business depends on.
Moving data to its new home can reveal big problems: the new software doesn’t house it all correctly. Issues with the database schema upon which a new interface was built means workflows break, frustrations mount, and delays become inevitable.
Whether your existing business software is well-designed or not, the fact remains that current employees know how to use it. Introducing a built-from scratch system over the course of a weekend plays havoc with your employees.
Even if the software is perfect — which it never is — basic tasks that used to take seconds now take minutes and even hours. Even with extensive training, asking employees to change core tools and processes too quickly is a recipe for service gaps. When your teams are stressed and frustrated, your customers will feel it.
The new system everyone’s dreaming of will take a long time to develop. Any miss in the definition, communication, or implementation of system requirements will delay launch of the entire platform. And no system is perfect right away. Failure to deliver on time can cost a company millions — and a CTO their job.
An agile approach allows prioritization, iteration, and continuous improvement that builds trust with users as well as with executive decision-makers. It may be counter-intuitive, but legacy modernization reduces risk, creates less work stoppage, and allows you to deliver more value in the same timeframe.
To change your software, change your mind
Instead of trying to replace your legacy software, think step-by-step modernization. Let’s break your wish list into a prioritized set of agile projects and build each part right. We can help you avoid costly missteps and gain real value, faster.
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Make an intelligent investment
Modernizing your service business' legacy software means investing in user-centric thinking as a competitive differentiator. We shape our clients’ investments with a rational view of returns, a holistic view of processes, and a deep understanding of what your customers, partners, and teams truly value. Successful engagements include:
We have grown sales by 600% with minimal hiring and the technology Praxent built enabled that. Not only has the technology worked, but working with Praxent has been great too. I consider them to be an extension of my team.
Deliberate, visionary, reliable and process-oriented. Finally. Someone who understands my vision and has a clear plan for realizing it. Highly recommended.
Your insight, acute technical knowledge and calm assurance have provided me and the team immense confidence that we indeed selected the perfect partner for this project.
Years later, the application they built for us is still running with almost zero maintenance. Praxent helped the City of Houston implement additional technologies that would later generate additional cost savings and cost avoidance.
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From agile enterprises to visionary startups, Praxent helps service-based businesses with IT legacy modernization.
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