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    IT Architecture Modernization of your legacy systems – TechTrends Weekly Round-Up 4

    November 1, 2019

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    Welcome back to our new digitalML blog series, TechTrends, where we’ll be rounding up industry news from across sectors. This week, we’re focusing on the IT architecture and infrastructure of enterprises, and how this new wave of technology is leading towards a transformation of these legacy systems. 

    Last week in TechTrends Week 3, we looked at different tech executives throughout various industries and their take on how to compete in today’s technology saturated world. Transforming silos and legacy systems isn’t solely contained to one industry; rather it’s a trend we’re seeing develop globally. These executives discussed what you need to take advantage of to digitally transform, but the key finding was that enterprise architects are the catalyst to business transformation. However, to be successful at digital transformation and IT modernization, we need to look at the systems that are currently in place and what it takes to innovate without creating technical debt. There are various trends and best practices out there, but some of the key findings have been around a Microservices platform, API integration, and data management. 

    So, let’s take a step back and look at the actual architecture that is backing the business initiatives companies are trying to implement, and why it’s important to focus on the IT architecture and infrastructure as you move into a modern approach to your legacy systems:

    DataStax Announces Results of New Survey: IT Architecture Modernization Trends of 2019

    DataStax, the company behind the leading database built on Apache Cassandra™, today announced results from an IT Architecture Modernization Trends survey. 


    This survey found 100% of IT executives are trying to modernize their architecture, but are struggling with data silos and vendor lock-in. Because there are previous standards for funding new application development, architecture modernization is challenging to implement to reduce costs, improve customer and employee satisfaction, and gain data-driven insights. The survey found 4 key insights that are driving architecture modernization.


    Microservices Architecture 

    Many people have been trying to transform IT architecture for years now, but have seen struggles and success from it. One of those best practices that came out of these trials is implementing a Microservices Architecture. Read to learn about what a Microservices Architecture is, why you would want to follow this process to help transform your IT architecture, and how to go about implementing it, with 8 key takeaways. 


    Agile integration bridges the gap between legacy and modern systems


    As companies continue to move from legacy systems to modern systems, one thing is missing: your digital assets that are already in your legacy systems. But the question here is, how do you access these digital assets with the new modern processes being implemented while staying competitive? Developers believe the 3 pillars of agile integration is the answer by using open APIs and events to connect your entire infrastructure together. 

     

    Modernizing your IT architecture legacy with new software development approaches isn’t an easy task. There are the legacy systems already in place with data silos, digital assets that need to be made available afterwards, and vendor lock-in concerns when moving to new environments. With not many standards to look towards for inspiration, companies have not only these challenges but alongside modernizing technology architecture, the goals of reducing cost, improving customer and employee satisfaction, and gaining insight into data to create new products are still there. To give your company the best chance to take these legacy systems and build modern systems from them, without creating tech debt, is to leverage API integration, microservices platform, and data abstraction. These processes will help transform your current architecture into one that is flexible to take on the new modern age of technology.
    About the Author
    IshaIsha Parikh
    Isha is a Marketing Coordinator at digitalML. She is interested in brand awareness and perception, corporate identity, and all things digital. She also enjoys learning about new innovations and digital trends companies make to stay afloat in these disruptive markets.