Software Change Management for Modernization

Businesses and markets are changing quickly and organizations need to stay up-to date with their key business applications. Keeping track of software changes and automating the development process is an extremely important asset to application modernization. A vast number of business applications are written in RPG. The character of RPG has changed over recent years, adapting to inter-operate with new languages, file systems, user interfaces, and program construction models. In addition, RPG evolved into totally free-format. But what exactly can that mean to your business and how can you modernize your RPG applications and at the same time keeping the full control over the change process?

Keeping track of software changes and automating development process are key for successful modernization

Application modernization process can have lots of meanings and can change your software in multiple ways. Next to increasing usability by switching from green screen to more user friendly graphical user interfaces, you can also consider making improvements to the back-end of your applications by modernizing your RPG code. And with this we do not only mean converting to free format.

Why is software change management support so important when modernizing legacy applications?

Modernization process might be very complex and despite having very reliable tooling dedicated to modernization projects, your application data, including old code versions should be stored and all changes made to software should be tracked and reported. Application lifecycle management tooling can help you with having full control over modernization project, so no data can be missed and you deliver a high quality, modern application on time and within budget.

Automating and controlling the modernization process

Remain Software and her partners supply a range of technology that will help you modernize your applications with the least amount of efforts. Tooling such as TD/OMS will analyze your programs (which programs are vulnerable and need to be modernized first?), register the requested change and copy the program into the developers sandbox environment. Then, your programming skills and our tooling work together to convert your old program into modern versions. After the conversion, version control, test support (including peer review) or release and distribution management functionality will help you get your modernized applications up and running really quickly. You will no longer need to worry about bugs or how would the old-new application work in your environment. 

Storing previous version of your software is extremely important in case something goes wrong, for example when deploying the modernized application, and you would like to go back to the old one. TD/OMS will keep the track/history of your application also for reporting purposes, such as audit / SOX / ISO / HIPAA compliance. 



These are just some of the reasons why should you think about Application Lifecycle Management tooling to support your modernization projects. Click on the links below and learn how the right tooling can help you to achieve your modernization goals.