November 22, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic affected businesses in ways we didn't see before, but opened new opportunities, and App Modernization is one of them. Read all about it here!
The global lockdown has encouraged and accelerated experimentation with any number of new organizational practices. The impact of the current has been quite strong, in terms of collective and individual commitment, adaptation, health, the very rapid adoption of new working methods and re-defining management. Companies have been challenged to adjust very quickly to deal with the emergency.
Usually, before modernizing, a company would need to be prepared. From evaluating applications and their dependencies to migrating legacy applications to the cloud as they are, or with minimal changes to the application's code or configuration, from breaking monoliths and re-defining needs, all these usually take space, time, and money. 2020 has all but eliminated the time factor, greatly impacted the money aspect – with many small and medium-sized businesses being left to struggle – and rendered space almost entirely irrelevant as a concern. The challenges came in many shapes and sizes – remote access, fast access, cutting costs, re-evaluating the personnel needs and expectations, adjusting building requirements to the new post-COVID-19 reality.
One of the main issues was local dedicated servers that needed to be supervised and maintained in their respective location. With the entire staff under lockdown, more and more companies have been forced to realize that the future lies with managed services in the public cloud. The data in the cloud no longer needs constant monitoring and care, and what maintenance is needed can be delivered from anywhere in the world. This also leads to cost savings.
With the recent release of .NET 5.0, even more applications can be quickly modernized to take advantage of increased developer productivity and significant cost savings enabled by a modern codebase hosted in the public cloud, be it Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, or Google Cloud Platform.
The ubiquity of .NET also makes it an attractive development platform to replace legacy software. With many businesses being on the verge of extinction, prohibitive costs for hiring highly specialized staff that is often also irreplaceable is mainly a strategic weakness.
Here, at Aligned, we want to help you overcome the challenges posed by the current public health and economic crisis in the most productive and efficient way for your business. 2020 has shown us all that the best kind of risk management will still not be able to predict and cover all the risks. However, you can get your organization in a better position to respond to volatile market conditions by modernizing your applications to easily align development and operational costs with current demand.
ListSimple required advanced skills and expertise to develop a full-fledged system on a tight deadline to monetize on the interest generated by their initial core product. Aligned's engineers built a modern, scalable, reliable software solution that enabled ListSimple to grow rapidly. As a result, ListSimple delivers more than 10,000 service appointments annually, with 3,000 happy customers satisfied and returning over and over for their measurement and media needs.
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.
Upgrading legacy software applications can improve efficiency and productivity, enhance security, better integrate with other systems, improve scalability, save costs, future-proof your business, provide end-to-end data governance, and attract new talent. Investing in application modernization helps businesses stay competitive and succeed in the long run.
Data modernization should be at the center of any digital transformation initiative, allowing organizations to achieve faster speed to market, competitive advantage, and cost savings. Democratize access to data and empower your workforce to make data-driven decisions.
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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