The best approach to modernization
Your application’s functionality is outdated as its technology
You want to finetune your performance, extend your application, and eliminate code bloats
You want to capture the value of the business process that is independent of the legacy codebase
You want to build a custom solution to your business requirements without starting from ground zero
These are good reasons to rearchitect your application. However, you have to keep in mind that re-architecting an application will affect all the organizational stakeholders.
Before you start to architect your product, some early decisions have to be made:
- You’ll be impacting the development team – you have to discuss the design with them multiple times
- Your QA will need to redo their white-box tests for your new designs
- Your DevOps will need to revamp their builds and continuous integration to deploy, operate, and monitor
- Your program managers will need to learn about new system dependencies
- Product managers will need to reprioritize their schedules to fit in re-architecting
- Tech-writers will need to update documentation
- Business managers will need to revamp their presentations to reflect the new architecture
- HR will have to hire people with new skillsets or training will have to figure out a way to get in-house people up to speed
Everyone needs to be convinced about the rearchitecting effort and that it is all worth the trouble.
Don’t go the route of re-architecting unless necessary and warranted by your business environment. If you decide to do it, make sure that you have the buy-in from all the stakeholders before you venture into it. Leverage the existing assets as much as you can, and take baby steps towards making the rearchitecting initiative successful.
Yes, I am interested in re-architecting my application.
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