Application modernization draws a parallel between the operational complexity and future of an organization. Business requirements keep changing and they need to transform into a digital model for realizing opportunities, which seemed impractical before cloud computing. Cloud application modernization opens doors to faster time-to-market, compliance, performance and technology redundancies. It is a constant strive for organizations to keep up with technology advancements.

The legacy application modernization services saw an upsurge in demand as cumulative enhancements grew to become complex monoliths that are difficult to maintain. Organizations began moving their applications to the cloud after realizing that the dynamics are at odds and reevaluating applications’ current state is imperative. The path to application modernization differs on the basis of three key influencers, namely, the application archetype, current state, and objectives.

The Path to Application Modernization

Application Archetype

The application archetype represents the pattern that acts as the model for other applications with similar characteristics. An enterprise application modernization leverages a mix of approaches. Organizations must consider their application modernization objective to enhance user experience and time-to=market for an UI application archetype. Once this is determined, estimations, impact assessment and cost-benefit analysis are undertaken.

Current State

An existing application’s design, code quality, technology stack and architecture can lead to varied demand for application modernization services. An in-depth understanding of the current state of applications helps baseline the as-is/current architecture. This can be then compared to ‘would be’ architecture for identifying gaps and changes needed for a successful enterprise application modernization.


Application modernization objectives are usually grounded in technical reasons. Some of the common objectives behind an application modernization strategy include creating innovative distinguishable offerings, improving customer experience, supporting growth, improving operational efficiency, cost optimization, accelerated time-to-market, improving resilience, and reducing technical complexity. Together, these objectives help organizations realize application modernization’s target architecture.