The decision of whether – and if so, how – to modernize legacy mission-critical applications is one of the most vexing for IT leaders. For many organizations, a digital transformation strategy cannot be considered complete if a large slice of the applications (and the infrastructure that supports them) that have underpinned key business processes for decades or more remain untouched. The benefits that such modernization promises – greater agility, more scale, lower operating costs – hardly need to be stated, but complexity, technical debt, organizational inertia and choosing the ‘best’ path forward from multiple potential options can all combine to inhibit such transformation. Recent data from 451 Research suggests that some clarity is beginning to emerge.
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