• June 29, 2022

Webinar: Top 5 Ways to Ensure Modernization Success for Host-Based Applications

In our recent webinar, “Top 5 Ways to Ensure Modernization Success for Host-Based Applications,” Sales Specialist Robin Barley-Wagner, and Director of Sales Engineering Robert Young, discussed our top five considerations for successful application modernization projects. A recording of the session is available here if you’d like to view it again or share with colleagues.

Application modernization is not one-size-fits-all. Every organization has a different idea of what successfully modernizing looks like, but planning with these top 5 ways in mind will create a strong foundation on which you can infinitely scale your modernization initiatives.

1. Identify the problems you’re trying to solve

Modernizing your host-based applications can seem like a daunting task—but it doesn’t have to be. The most important step before tackling a modernization initiative is understanding exactly what you are modernizing. Modernizing application interfaces is a given; but are you trying to modernize your processes? Your user experiences? What problems is your organization facing, and who is being affected? Whatever problem you’re addressing should have measurable KPIs so you can get a clear before-and-after picture of your progress.


2. Focus on the user experience, not the UI

User experiences aren’t just for people. The application “user” might be another program, so it’s important to understand what new program-to-program relationships could look like in a modernized environment. This is also a chance to consider where you can automate processes, and where you can tighten up workflows or navigation. Power users of these applications can help identify which workflows can be improved. They’ve already created their own ways of quickly navigating applications, meaning they are the best people to make those methods available to others. Finally, what’s the form factor of the application? Is it used on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device? Remember: a great user experience rolls much more easily into a great UI (rather than the other way around).


3. Reuse, rather than rewrite

Perhaps the most intimidating myth is that application modernization “requires” rewriting or replacing critical host-based applications. It took 10 years to get that app working exactly the way you want it—of course you don’t want to start from scratch! To be honest, you shouldn’t. It’s more efficient and less risky to integrate those core apps into modern activities with tools like Rocket API, which truly doesn’t require modifying any source code.


4. Simplify management of clients and services

A strong indicator of great application modernization is the degree by which management of the app and its surrounding services is simplified. As an application gets service-enabled, make sure actions like monitoring, reporting, and deployment are easy to execute from a central location.


5. Organizational commitment

The most important (and most difficult) of all strategies to ensure successful modernization is getting every area of the organization committed to the project. That means getting every group—IT, finance, sales etc.—to align and develop the desired outcomes together. Either everyone is on-board, or no one is on-board. Application modernization cannot succeed without collaboration and investment on all fronts.

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Robin and Robert presented on the above elements in detail, and spoke about how our customers have historically handled these areas. If you would like to review the webinar or share with colleagues, you can find it here.

Can mainframe APIs be used with non-mainframe APIs? What skills are required to service-enable host-based apps with APIs? We have the answers! At the end of the webinar, Robin and Robert addressed some audience questions. You can read about those in the blog post found here.

Rocket API is a tool that can help you service-enable applications by capturing screen logic without touching the underlying code. If you’d like to learn more about Rocket API, schedule a meeting with an expert today.

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