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Continual Modernization Programs are Key to IT Success

Micro Focus has announced the findings of its ‘Endless Modernization’ research with Standish Group. According to the research, modernization projects using an incremental and continuous improvement model achieve superior results when compared to other project-based approaches including the ripping and replacing of core business applications.

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The research utilizes data gathered from The Standish Group’s CHAOS2020 Report and indicates that this infinite flow method to modernizing core business applications has a number of benefits in regards to the return of value, customer satisfaction, sustainable innovation, and longer application lifespans.

“As we see in our latest research with Standish Group, a continuous and multi-phased modernization methodology delivers incremental value and reduces risk when compared to the alternatives of rewriting or replacing,” said Neil Fowler, General Manager of Application Modernization and Connectivity at Micro Focus.

Modernization Projects Yield Significantly Higher Success Rates

Companies replacing a software application and starting from scratch had a 26 percent success and 20 percent failure ratio as opposed to a 71 percent success and 1 percent failure ratio for teams choosing to modernize an existing application rather than fully replacing it.

Rip and Replace Projects Struggle

Only 27 percent of companies choosing a rip and replace strategy saw a high return, with 41 percent reporting a low or very low return on their investment. In comparison, a flow-based modernization methodology returned twice the value on average than other types of software development approaches.

A Preferred Path over Ripping and Replacing

45 percent of enterprises ripping and replacing their application software were ultimately disappointed or not satisfied by their results as opposed to 55 percent of organizations choosing modernization responding as satisfied.

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Incremental Flow-Based Modernization Approaches Have Numerous Benefits

Rather than running one large modernization project, research shows that enterprises incorporating a series of smaller, microservices or microprojects achieved much better outcomes.

Neil added, “With application modernization typically being an important first step in an enterprise’s larger digital transformation journey, an incremental flow-based model provides a methodology capable of matching the flexibility of today’s business climate while ensuring continuous transformative activity.”

Modernization Delivers Value, Higher Customer Satisfaction, and Lower Costs

Conducted by The Standish Group, a primary research advisory organization focusing on software development performance, the multi-decade research of over 50,000 participants shows that an infinite flow model ensures ongoing modernization activity, while narrowing the gap between project management and delivery teams. This research is consistent with Micro Focus’ own findings where 92 percent of core applications are strategic and 70 percent see modernization as their preferred option, according to a 2020 Micro Focus study.

“The demand is for more value, higher customer satisfaction, and lower costs,” said Jim Johnson, founder, The Standish Group. “It is our opinion—based on our extensive research and observation of role models—that the move to infinite flow satisfies all three of these demands.”

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As digital transformation continues to drive strategic business change, digital transformation enablers help customers run and transform their business by reusing and enhancing their unique and business-critical applications and data for a more pragmatic, low-risk and low-cost approach to modernization.

An incremental approach to modernization is proven to deliver faster time to value for organizations seeking to adapt established core business systems to new business requirements of the digital age. By helping organizations bridge now and next, Micro Focus has the experience and application, process, and infrastructure modernization solutions to enable innovation without added cost and risk.

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