Legacy Application Transformation
We’ll support you in transforming your legacy technology and applications so you can provide systems and services that meet your users’ needs.
How we can help
The legacy technology challenge
Legacy technology means technology that is out of date or obsolete. This can refer to systems, technologies, software or hardware. Often this technology supports extremely important functions and services within an organisation.
Legacy applications make it difficult to modernise in the public sector, because when systems are out of date, organisations struggle to deliver great services.
Sometimes, teams can update the customer interfaces, but the back-end systems are harder to change.
They are also not able to respond to the needs of growing numbers of service users across the UK. Moving systems to the cloud is a critical step in modernisation. But this can be difficult because of:
- complex, inflexible platforms
- long legacy contracts
- locked-in data
Legacy systems often need manual, tedious processes to minimise risk and maintain compliance. This can hold organisations back. As a result, software releases become infrequent and time-consuming.
“Legacy systems are a significant barrier to effective Government transformation and digitisation.”Digital Government report, July 2019
How we work
We support public sector organisations to move to the cloud, building new skills and confidence into every step of the journey.
We will work with you to transform your legacy applications and systems into cloud-native applications. We can help you to:
- reduce time, cost and operational inefficiencies
- maintain security
- build in resilience and compliance
We’ll work alongside you to plan and implement your modernisation process. Our approach involves measured, incremental steps. We will support you to increase:
- the cloud maturity of your platforms and systems
- the automation in your software development lifecycle (SDLC)
- the knowledge and ways of working within your teams
The five phases of legacy application transformation
Made Tech uses 5 phases to transform legacy applications to cloud-native.
1 Understanding your technical landscape
We start by rapidly mapping out your applications and systems. We identify the technologies and dependencies your applications are using. This helps us to draw a picture of how your technology works and to recognise areas of complexity. We can then identify where we can make quick wins.
2 Identifying what to do first
Next, we analyse your current technical systems, scoring them against 36 maturity factors. We use quadrant mapping to measure the business value of modernising them and the technical effort needed. This helps us identify and agree on which legacy applications we can move forward with.
3 Moving and updating your applications
In the next phase, we’ll move a set of legacy applications to a cloud platform. The process is called re-platforming, and it takes weeks, not months. Re-platformed apps often don’t yet meet all 36 maturity factors — that’s something we’ll do in step four.
4 Modernising for performance and security
The cloud maturity of re-platformed applications improves and larger, more complex apps are transformed. We’ll also focus on complex, non-functional requirements. These can include performance, security and compliance.
5 Transforming your teams
We will support and coach your teams to use the new cloud-native approach. They will become self-sufficient, and will be able to deliver software products using a cloud-native approach.
“Made Tech have supported our strategic move to public cloud. We’ve found the calibre of their team to be very high, and we’ve come to trust them to support us in complex transformation work involving changes to how we deliver software.”
Delivering GovWifi for the Government Digital Service
We turned a beta product into a secure and scalable solution that supports 200,000 active weekly users.
Technology capability building at Ministry of Justice
We upskilled the team at the Legal Aid Agency as it migrated to the public cloud.
Read our book
Modernising Legacy Applications in the Public Sector
Read our 160-page book sharing our experiences of successful legacy application transformations with technology leaders working in the UK public sector.
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Get started for free
We’d love to talk to you about how we can help your organisation use digital technology to achieve your goals. To help you get started, we’re happy to provide a first discovery session free of charge to get Made Tech expertise on the ground, in your organisation.
Our offer includes:
- An in-person consultation with a data expert to answer your questions
- An initial, high-level data health check
- A short action plan with recommended next steps