Continuous modernization framework: a step towards becoming digital-first


Technology must evolve to keep pace with the present and future demands. Recent IDC research says that the global economy will reach digital supremacy by 2023. By then, the products and services from digitally transformed enterprises will account for over half of global GDP. The impact of this dominance will have a major set back on the enterprises that are not digitally empowered, as they may not be able to compete in more than half of their core markets. To become a digital-first organization, it is critical for businesses to modernize their legacy applications.

Often complete legacy application modernization becomes an expensive mistake where cost increases, system freezes, and ultimately critical business decisions slow down. To align legacy application modernization with business priorities, it is recommended to follow a continuous modernization approach. This approach can drive a systematic change and at the same time, enable continued use and retain real value from the legacy applications.

The modernization process needs to be agile enough to respond to constantly changing market demands. Some of the common challenges of modernization include old programming languages, incompatibilities with present technologies, high maintenance costs, and shortage of legacy programmers.

‘Product, People and Paradigm’ (PPP framework) form the holy trinity of success in continuously modernizing the applications, the development processes and their infrastructure. Considering the right parameters, having the right plan and implementing the right process can eliminate the impediments and losses in modernization. The PPP modernization framework helps businesses to successfully modernize legacy applications.


The Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) help in quick transitioning from traditional green-screen coding based applications to intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) based applications. Making use of products and platforms to develop applications is the key to rapid modernization. Low-code platforms help reduce application development times through drag-and-drop features and app delivery platforms helps continuous integration. For smooth and quick modernization, forward-thinking companies prefer the usage of the best range of products at every phase: database, infrastructure, authentication, front-end and integration.


The people aspect forms an essential piece to the jigsaw puzzle. People are the change-makers who redefine the application usage and help achieve extraordinary results that outperform competition. The success of modernization is connected with collaborative workforce having essential skills of rapid development, devops, design thinking, and enterprise mobility. Enterprises need to future-proof their people to leverage modernization that are often aligned with business goals. For employees to be aligned with modernization and quick change, enterprises can

  • Help employees embrace low code development
  • Make continuous learning as a core competence 


Bringing products and people to work cohesively is the paradigm. This operating model combines both product effects and people efforts to modernize applications in an iterative approach with incremental delivery. The accelerated approach of this paradigm results in faster time to market using low-code platforms. This method typically cuts development costs by half and ship 3x more often using visual development, easy integration, and instant deployment. Here is a sample flow of the paradigm strategy:

Digital-first advantage

PPP framework ensures continuous modernization of legacy applications with low-risk initiatives that are aligned with the business needs. Quick wins are targeted from this framework to help in immediate cost savings, provide opportunities to self-fund other key IT initiatives and improve user productivity. Here is an overview of Imaginea’s approach to continuous modernization:

The Product, People, Paradigm framework powers business agility and efficiency for a sustainable outcome. This framework addresses operational improvement, as well as competitive differentiation at the same time. The framework further benefits in rapid modernization, reusability, enterprise security and continuous delivery.


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