Application modernization helps businesses in transforming their legacy systems into new applications. The transformation works towards integrating latest features and functionalities to the current business. 360Quadrants has identified the top 10 application modernization service providers. 

Top 10 Application Modernization Companies

  1. IBM Corporation
  2. Accenture
  3. HCL
  4. Aspire Systems
  5. Microsoft Corporation
  6. Oracle
  7. Blu Age
  8. Cognizant
  9. Tech Mahindra
  10. Interra Information Technologies

Top Application Modernization Features

Legacy technology and IT infrastructure can create a problem. Application modernization services facilitate the movement of legacy systems to new applications or platforms, with the addition of new functionality to offer the modern functions to the business. Modernization possibilities include re-platforming, re-hosting, recoding, replacement and withdrawal, as well as modifications to the application architecture to clarify which option should be selected. Some of the main features include:

  1. Seamless User Experience
  2. API Integrations
  3. Recommendation Engines
  4. Conversational Interfaces
  5. Mainframe Data Connectivity
  6. Application Analysis
  7. Application Integration
  8. Devops
  9. Platform Rehosting
  10. Green-Screen Modernization
  11. Mobilization
  12. Service Enablement

Top 10 New Entrants in Application Modernization

These new entrants are the firms that have a great understanding of the latest technologies and trends, right from their inception. These companies may not be so widespread geographically, but they have offerings. These vendors are generally the ones who are beginning to emerge in terms of product portfolio and geographical coverage, and will need some time to gain traction in the market. Some of the emerging new entrants are:

  1. Astadia
  2. Cyber Infrastructure
  3. Espire Infolabs Pvt Ltd
  4. Advanced Computer Software
  5. Sodifrance
  6. Metaware
  7. Future Processing
  8. Hexon Global LLC
  9. RapidValue
  10. XB Software Ltd

The application modernization services market is projected to go from a value of USD 6.87 billion in 2017 to reach USD 16.67 billion by 2022 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.4% during the period above. The market is likely to be driven by the increasing demand for agility in businesses to reduce the time-to-market. The use of big data and cloud computing is also expected to drive the market.

COMPETITIVE LEADERSHIP MAPPING TERMINOLOGY

The MicroQuadrant provides information about the major players who offer application modernization services. It outlines the findings and analysis on how well each market vendor performs within the predefined MicroQuadrant criteria. The vendor evaluations are based on 2 broad categories: strength of product portfolio and business strategy excellence. Each category carries various criteria, based on which the vendors have been evaluated. The evaluation criteria considered under the strength of product portfolio includes breadth and depth of service offering (on the basis of the industries that the vendors cater to, solutions, and service offerings), service feature/functionality (on the basis of the overall capabilities of the services), focus on service innovation (on the basis of R&D activities for new service innovations), and service differentiation and impact on customer value (on the basis of the services’ unique qualities and the impact they have on the customers’ buying decision). The evaluation criteria considered under the business strategy excellence include the effectiveness of the growth strategy (on the basis of partnerships and revenue generation), channel strategy and fit (on the basis of the channel partners that the vendors cater to), geographic footprint (on the basis of geographic presence), and mergers and acquisitions strategy (on the basis of the company’s key mergers/acquisitions or partnership deals in the last couple of years).

VISIONARY LEADERS

IBM Cloud Migration Factory, Fujitsu Global Application Modernization, Accenture Application portfolio assessment services, Capgemini Collaborative Business Experience, Tech Mahindra Application Modernization, Dell, CGI Group, HCL Legacy Modernization, Avanade, Hexaware Technologies, Virtusa, Cognizant Rapid Mobilization Tool, Oracle Modernization Service, Wipro, ATOS Application Transformation and Management, and Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization have been recognized as the visionary leaders in the application modernization services market. They have a strong portfolio of services and these vendors have been marking their market presence by offering customized services as per the IT requirement of the companies. The growth strategies of these companies have helped them advance consistently in the market.

DYNAMIC DIFFERENTIATORS

Idexcel and OSSCube have been recognized as the dynamic differentiators in the application modernization services market. These companies have an innovative portfolio of services. They also have an extensive network of channel partners and resellers to increase the deployment of their services across a multitude of verticals. The dynamic vendors have been consistently generating a positive revenue growth in the market, and their market position is boosted by their organic and inorganic ventures.

INNOVATORS

Bell Integrator Language-to-Language Conversion, Macrosoft Legacy Application Modernization, Sensiple, Nous Infosystems, Advanced Computer Software, Asysco B.V., and UST Global Legacy Modernization Services are recognized as the innovators in the market. These companies possess innovative services to cater to the future mobility demands. They focus on their service portfolio and have the robust potential to build strong business strategies for expanding their business and staying at par with the visionary leaders. These vendors have been consistently offering application modernization services to fulfill customers’ demands. The innovators have been at the forefront for deploying their services

EMERGING COMPANIES

Astadia and Cyber Infrastructure (P) Limited are recognized as the emerging companies in the market. The majority of the emerging vendors have been undertaking multiple acquisitions to boost their sales capabilities across various regions for offering services to a wide range.
 

Application Modernization Services Market Overview

This market has been studied and analyzed for the following segments: services, organization size, verticals, and regions. By service, application integration is expected to dominate with the largest market share as a result of the increasing need to integrate existing legacy applications and databases with new ones in order to update them. By growth rate, application replatforming is projected to lead during the forecast period. New platforms offer more scalability and flexibility for faster application development.

By organization size, the largest market share is projected for large enterprises during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the need to reduce high Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) and Operational Expenditure (OPEX) of these organizations. Large enterprises, with high budgets for IT, employ in-house resources for application modernization services. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are expected to exhibit the highest CAGR since the adoption of the lift-and-shift migration strategy is high among these organizations, which enables their businesses to scale and grow faster.

Among verticals, Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) is projected to dominate in terms of market share during the forecast period, as a result of digital transformation through new technologies and modernization of existing applications. The manufacturing vertical is projected to witness the highest CAGR; this could be a result of the need to improve operational processes, reduce costs, launch products faster, and eliminate location barriers.

By region, the largest projected market share for the forecast period is that of North America. Early adoption of application modernization services along with the high number of related projects are expected to drive market growth here. By growth rate, Asia Pacific (APAC) is expected to lead this market. This high growth rate can be a result of the increased spending on infrastructure improvements and the use of big data and cloud computing technologies.

Despite a high growth rate, the application modernization services market faces limitations due to the significantly high investments in legacy systems, which restrain the deployment of advanced service technologies.

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IBM has a portfolio of modernization services that showcases application portfolio assessment, application migration, UI modernization, application integration, application re-hosting, and post-modernization services. IBM Cloud Application Platform gives users the tools needed for refactoring existing environments to platforms that use latest technology to run across several environments and clouds. Users have the flexibility to apply existing applications through the use of microservices, containers, integrated DevOps, and Kubernetes.

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Accenture provides Application Modernization and Optimization (AMO) services to help businesses minimize unnecessary operating costs and reduce capital expenditure in order to create value for the organization. Their specialists help clients answer questions pertaining to whether to renew, enhance, consolidate, replace, retire, or rebuild applications showcased in their portfolio. With Accenture, companies are able to derive the most value from existing applications and can also decrease costs and risks over the short, medium, and long terms.

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HCL displays its efficiency in legacy application modernization with its ability to integrate multiple unique capabilities gained through decades of experience. These capabilities are driven by automated solutions that are created for generating code automatically, and legacy revitalization based on forward engineering. HCL is also capable of ML-based cloud assessment, migration, and re-engineering of applications.

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Aspire Systems' architecture modernization solution provides software agility and influences the way software engages with the customer and provides superior digital experience.
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Microsoft Azure, one of the best cloud environments for applications, covers frontend, backend, intelligence, data, and DevOps using its full-stack cloud. Azure enables swifter application modernization by making use of a customer’s preferred technology stack. It allows for seamless creation of applications in the cloud.

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The Oracle Solution Modernization Service provided by Oracle Consulting helps clients maximize ROI from technologies and applications. By optimizing existing application usage and identifying business value, Oracle’s Solution Modernization Service expands business capabilities and reduces complexities of technology. The service helps customers identify risks and allows the use of proven strategies to recognize and manage these risks before the organization's progress can be affected.

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Blu Age is a technology that automates the transformation of legacy business applications into full digital applications leveraging the latest technological standard. Blu Age automatically and completely regenerate the application in the most advance cloud-native digital architecture with appropriate programming languages, patterns and toolchain ecosystem. Blu Age solution introduces key elements for success, it delivers benefits, process, tools, and options for business enhancement as well as it leverages the cloud ecosystem and it allows to build real value propositions. Blu Age is allowing: - Application re-write and change of technology (.NET or Java as a target) - Horizontal scalablity and cloud robustness - Application remediation with the same easiness, risk and cost as a simple replatforming - Data modernization and migration at the same time the source code is transformed - Non-invasive integration as there is no legacy emulator deployed at runtime
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Cognizant upgrades its IT infrastructure and applications to meet the increasing demand and ensuring security. The company uses modern technologies, to mitigate risks related to transformation. Additionally, the company deploys simple solutions to transform and streamline applications and infrastructure at speed and scale.

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Tech Mahindra offers legacy modernization services address the needs of customers. These services help reduce high maintenance costs of the present IT environment instead enables seamless interoperability among disparate systems.

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InterraIT’s Legacy Transformation Services eliminate unnecessary IT costs, reduce capital spending and help freeing resources for new strategic and revenue-generating initiatives. The company transforms legacy systems (e.g. business critical applications running on Mainframes, AS400 systems etc.) to agile and efficient applications through the use of intelligent automation, specialized skills and global delivery capabilities. Through architectural realignment, the company enables better User Experience and responsive UI design/ multi-device support with seamless system access. InterraIT helps businesses re-define business strategies in alignment to their key business objectives by leveraging emerging Digital Technologies to build competitive market advantage. InterraIT's consultants specialize in helping clients in transforming their business models in face of competitive threats from new entrants or existing competition armed with digital technologies. InterraIT assists clients implement digital transformation by unifying business and technology architectures to enable competitive advantage and top line growth.
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The exhaustive range of application modernization services provided by Dell shifts the costs associated with IT away from maintenance and towards innovation and focuses on business agility rather than cost reduction. Dell relies on an integrated approach to offer its customers flexibility, new revenue sources, and the creation of an adaptive enterprise. It offers users accelerated success in application modernization services by introducing the application development team to experts who help them in the assessment, planning, refactoring, configuration, testing, deployment, and transitioning of the existing application portfolio to operate on a cloud platform/container.

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Micro Focus has app modernization capabilities that are both low-cost and low-risk. It analyzes approaches across depths, from keeping application logic largely unmodified to allowing incremental and productive evolution. Micro Focus helps users modernize their process for application delivery through new tools and methods for Agile and DevOps. It also gives users easy and modern access to mainframe applications and data.

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DXC is a renowned provider of comprehensive services for application performance management. When managing application experiences, DXC mitigates the risk of failure by accelerating detection, problem resolution times, and root cause analyses. DXC’s comprehensive portfolio of public cloud-based application management services support applications operating on Microsoft Azure, AWS, and GCP cloud-native capabilities.

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Fujitsu Global Application Modernization service enables clients to use older strategic applications to their full potential. By using Fujitsu’s application modernization service, clients can improve the usability, longevity, accessibility, and functionality of their apps. Fujitsu also has the capacity to address other issues such as high operating costs, vendor lock-in, skills rarity, technological redundancy, and high time-to-market.

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Capgemini makes individual applications more flexible by improving interoperability between current legacy systems, business functions that have recently been migrated to newer platforms, and external systems. With Capgemini, legacy assets preserve their business value, intellectual capital is conserved, and the cost and complexity of the business’ applications portfolio are reduced.

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Infosys helps organizations that cannot scale-up due to the transformation of their legacy systems to next-generation architecture. Infosys develops APIs as microservices using Infosys Cornerstone platform (PaaS) that helps simplify the creation of microservices as well as reduce its cost. Infosys legacy solution offers a framework to achieve economies of scale, speed-to-value, enable agility, and reduce run cost.

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Softura'a application modernization solutions help the users better understand the applications, databases and processes that run in their data center and map out a modernization strategy for the future. These solutions reduce high infrastructure costs and streamline operations by re-hosting mainframe and proprietary UNIX applications with minimal change to industry-standard platforms. They also realize new initiatives and enhance agility by re-architecting legacy applications to modern architectures such as Java and .NET. The company helps in upgrading existing enterprise applications to the latest version or migrate them to more efficient platforms, including database conversions.
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Hexaware API & Integration helps upgrade existing integration platform by not only in a cost-effective way but also provide an end-to-end ownership to enable legacy system for integration. Hexaware plans to help customers adopt the principles of cloud by using the Cloud Infrastructure.

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Wipro Application Modernization Solutions automates data migration and business rules. Wipro Digital Modernization Platform Application Migration Toolkit automates the application migration in a secure and cost-effective way and helps organizations optimize their software maintenance cost.

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Atos uses next-generation application management methodology injected with design thinking, agile and DevOps, automation and application management – independent of whether it is for a cloud or on-premise environment.Atos Application Transformation Services delivers unparalleled experience and knowledge to transform applications, equipping enterprises’ IT for digitalization and enabling new market opportunities to be capitalized, faster.
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YASH Technologies helps clients create a robust, lean, and future-oriented portfolio of IT assets that improves the agility of current applications, reduces the costs of IT operations, and leads to significant business outcomes. YASH decreases customer dependency on legacy applications and makes their digital infrastructure compatible with latest technologies like the cloud, subsequently allowing for a simplified service model.

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The Virtusa Healthcare application modernization program offers end-to-end transformation of legacy applications with a focus on customer experience, business value, and operational benefits. It provides a framework for Digital API and Microservices that uses proven accelerators as well as API connectors for third party and technology platforms. This allows support for swift connectivity and integration. Using Virtusa’s application modernization services, existing applications and processes become highly agile, flexible, integrated, and streamlined.

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Their PowerBuilder migration tools automatically convert up to 95% of the source code to either Java or .NET. Even in limited documentation cases, SoftSol’s methodologies ensure that 100% of the legacy business logic is retained in the robust new target environment. PowerBuilder conversion offers immediate and long-term advantages through web enablement, improved performance across multiple platforms (i.e. mobile), better integration with web technologies, expanded availability of resources to support and enhance the program, and improved scalability. SoftSol’s mainframe modernization is a cost-effective and seamless solution for migrating legacy applications to modern architectures so that the migrated applications are maintainable, extensible, and could take advantage of latest technologies and platforms.
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Soft Suave's modernization services help companies cut down excessive operating costs reducing principal expenditure and releasing staff for new strategic and revenue-generating initiatives. They propose ideas to decide on whether to migrate, re-platform or remediate legacy systems. With Soft Suave’s Application Modernization services, a detailed investigation of the users applications is done to the most elementary level.
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Finoit's legacy migration solutions have a reduced application operating cost and are simple and quick to install. They offer improved functionality, adhering to contemporary business specific needs. These solutions provide an enhanced UX/UI.
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The company offers a wide range of IT legacy modernization services including legacy software migration, legacy software system support, legacy migration solutions, legacy software modernization, legacy application support, and legacy application migration. Damco's Application Modernization Services transform business and technical environments with modernization and application management portfolio that leverages innovations in cloud, mobility, cyber, social, and analytics. The company employs state-of-the-art frameworks and fast, efficient tools that meet the demands of a complex marketplace.
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CGI offers a specialized Legacy Application Documentation (LAD) service that is designed to undertake definition and documentation of legacy application workflows and provide recommendations regarding maintenance, migration, and rationalization.

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UST Global considers legacy modernization as a catalyst to unlock new opportunities and provide clients with maximum business value. The company helps reduce the total cost of ownership. The company undertakes an ROI-based portfolio approach in applying modernization tools and frameworks.

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Withumsmith and Brown's application modernization services focus on increasing overall productivity. Through a detailed analysis of the user's architecture, they uncover outdated processes and ineffective systems and provide suggestions for business process automation opportunities. They also specialize in upgrading legacy applications and platforms that have become sluggish or unsupported – protecting the users against potential security threats and younger, more agile competitors.
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ISHIR has developed a Migration Approach that incorporates their proven project management methodology with straightforward migration techniques. Their Migration Approach has evolved with their experience in migrating applications, databases, and operating systems platforms in a wide variety of technical environments.
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