May 30, 2021
Many logistics companies struggle to adapt and keep up with the dynamic, post-pandemic, business environment. A big reason for this is being locked in to antiquated processes and tools by the legacy software systems that have served them well-enough pre-pandemic. Businesses that have adopted modern agile software systems have been able to save costs, increase performance and efficiency, and take great advantage of the emerging post-covid economic boom.
2021 has already seen the successful implementation of national and global supply chains for the manufacture, transport, and distribution of personal protective equipment and vaccines. Most retails have also sped up the implementation of their online shopping capabilities, to keep up with the extraordinary demand. This would not have been possible to achieve on such a large scale and in such a short time without modernizing the software infrastructure of every organization in the supply chain. It is thus critical to leave the legacy applications behind, and either modernize or replace them.
Most legacy systems are sluggish, expensive to maintain, inflexible, incompatible with just about anything useful, and insecure. But how exacly would modernization of legacy systems, or replacement with a modern system, help?
Ultimately, the benefits outline above combine to result in improved cash flow and a better bottom line for your organization.
Many companies nowadays are struggling to compete, caught in a vicious circle. They have already made significant investments in their existing software systems, only to end up with a slow and clunky tool, that hinders rather than helps. They've tried filling the gaps by building additional capabilities on top of the legacy system, only to find that these are also limited by its shortcomings. Transitioning to a new, modern system looks daunting, costly in terms of setup, migration, training, and disruptions to daily operations.
The cold, hard truth is there is no miracle solution. Each organization is unique, and requires a complex solution that employs multiple off-the-shelf and custom built systems, working seemlessly together. The key is in making sure each component works well with the rest, or can be easily replaced as it becomes obsolete.
This is where we come in. At Aligned, we leverage our expertise to analyze your current systems, work together to spell out the existing vs the ideal business processes, and identify off the shelf and/or custom solutions. We then put together a plan that balances long-term, foundational improvements and short-term high-impact quick wins. Finally, we assist in the execution of the plan, as a long-term partner fully invested in your success.
With the help of Aligned's architects and engineers, Responsive was able to rapidly refresh its AWS cloud foundations, automate the provisioning of infrastructure for new and existing customers, and deploy its modernized applications in Amazon EKS.
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Before embarking on any application modernization project, it is important to establish baseline performance metrics and KPIs. This will give you a clear understanding of how the applications are currently performing and what improvements need to be made. It will also allow you to track the progress of your modernization efforts and ensure that they are delivering the desired results.
If you're like most organizations, you have a mix of applications critical to your day-to-day operations alongside applications that are rarely or no longer used or needed. As your business grows and evolves, it's important to take a step back and assess which applications need to be modernized to keep up with the competition.
We're extremely proud of our track record. Here are some of the words of appreciation from our clients.
As Responsive begins expanding into new regions, it is imperative that we work with partners who are experts in security, cloud architecture, and best practices for SOC 2 audits.
Our partnership with Aligned was essential for us to meet these technical objectives. We are excited to continue to partner with Aligned and would highly recommend Aligned to any business that wants to solve challenging architectural problems with a focus on security, scalability, and business growth.
Chris Sanford, CTO
Chris was a fantastic engineering and architecture partner. He spearheaded the architecture and solution design for a key component of our technology platform, and worked with our teams to build it from the ground up.
As a product manager, I admired Chris’ ability to understand and effectively communicate the vision and strategy of what we were building to the rest of the engineering team.
In addition, I greatly appreciated his ability to effectively and independently manage our development team. With Chris in charge, I always had confidence that we were making progress and working on the right thing.
Alyssa Myers, VP of Technology