Application Modernization

An introduction

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Identifying the Need

Organizations of all sizes and types rely on critical applications to enable their core business drivers, but what happens when those applications no longer provide the value the organization requires? This scenario can take shape in different ways:

  • Management identifies a major business opportunity that they cannot pursue without adding functionality to some of their organization’s critical applications.
  • Following a buyout of another company, an organization needs to modify an outdated but critical application of the purchased organization. The acquired company lacked the resources to maintain the application, but this is now the purchasing company’s problem.
  • A newly acquired application provides an organization with most, but not all, of the features needed to provide key benefits, like entering a new market or switching to a SaaS-based model to help become more competitive.
  • The organization’s productivity is hindered by the technical debt of poorly written code in a critical application that forces time-consuming workarounds.

Areas of speciality include:

Unfortunately for organizations facing these issues, the application’s vendor is often unwilling or unable to provide customizations to address the underlying issues.

This is where application modernization fits into the equation. Application modernization involves updating a critical application by modifying portions of its code to enhance, augment, or add functionality.

Modernizing critical business applications calls for a holistic approach, however, and this involves more than just modifying an application’s code. In many cases, the technology stack surrounding the application will require an upgrade, along with the security solutions with which the app interfaces. Beyond hardware and software, the processes related to the application will almost always require some adjustments as well, which can include updates to documentation and user workflows. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that the app will deliver maximum value to the organization, its customers, and other key stakeholders.

Considering the complexity of the task, the wise approach to application modernization is to engage a capable business transformation partner experienced in successfully completing app modernization projects. Frequently, this comes down to numbers.

An organization may have a comprehensive plan drawn up to overhaul a critical application but lack the full-time staff to dedicate to the project, making it unfeasible to tackle the project alone. An experienced business transformation partner can step in and fill the void by assessing an organization’s needs and identifying how to modify the critical application to meet those needs. After performing a gap analysis and getting approval for a road map and design plan, the project team’s programmers modify the application’s code to provide the capabilities and functionality the organization needs.

MOBIA’s Advantages

Organizations of all sizes and types rely on critical applications to enable their core business drivers, but what happens when those applications no longer provide the value the organization requires? This scenario can take shape in different ways:

  • Management identifies a major business opportunity that they cannot pursue without adding functionality to some of their organization’s critical applications.
  • Following a buyout of another company, an organization needs to modify an outdated but critical application of the purchased organization. The acquired company lacked the resources to maintain the application, but this is now the purchasing company’s problem.
  • A newly acquired application provides an organization with most, but not all, of the features needed to provide key benefits, like entering a new market or switching to a SaaS-based model to help become more competitive.
  • The organization’s productivity is hindered by the technical debt of poorly written code in a critical application that forces time-consuming workarounds.
  • Business Analysts at the current and future-state assessment and project planning stages, who acquire and capture a comprehensive list of organizational goals that the application must enable at the end state
  • Technical Architects who perform the technical analysis of the planning stages and translate the client’s business goals into the project’s technical objectives,
  • Application Specialists who cover a wide range of vendor solutions and possess decades of experience in adding or enhancing application functionality,
  • Cybersecurity Experts who ensure any new enhancements will be fully integrated with the client’s existing cybersecurity tools and protocols, and
  • Project Managers to establish key project milestones, provide a detailed task schedule, and preside over the project to ensure deliverables are completed on time and on budget.
While the types of applications we can upgrade vary widely, all app modernization projects have one thing in common: the need to thoroughly plan the project. An insufficiently planned project can produce an overhauled application that fails to deliver what the client needs, sending the project team scrambling back to the drawing board to provide what’s missing.

To ensure this unpleasant scenario does not unfold, MOBIA follows a standardized six-stage methodology on every application modernization project.

Our Six Stage Process

Stage one

Discovery and Current State Assessment

Let our team of experienced telecom design engineers and record specialists help you with your field surveys, route selection, aerial and buried network feeder and distribution design and more.

We’ll work closely with your project stakeholders to understand the project scope, develop timelines and manage everything from  route selection to permitting to inspection services.
Stage two

Future State Development

Let our team of experienced telecom design engineers and record specialists help you with your field surveys, route selection, aerial and buried network feeder and distribution design and more.

We’ll work closely with your project stakeholders to understand the project scope, develop timelines and manage everything from  route selection to permitting to inspection services.

Field Detailing

On the ground in local communities, our field detailing team, locates telecommunications lines, documents utility poles and manhole information for you.

Utilizing the latest technologies and GPS information such as IKE, Trimble and IDA, they make sure you have the information needed to rollout FTTH networks.

Stage three

Gap Analysis

MOBIA’s Mobile Network Engineering Solutions help wireless telecommunications carriers and equipment vendors design, launch and optimize their networks.

Our team of experts has extensive experience partnering with the leading telecommunications providers across Canada on their wireline and wireless projects. From assembly and maintenance services for cell sites to WiFi to installation of in-building cabling solutions we’ve got you covered. Let us help you manage your technicians, optimize your processes and increase business productivity.

Radio Network Optimization

MOBIA can help you with your radio network planning, drive testing and radio network optimization services – evaluating the end-user experience and measuring the and analyzing the network performance.

We’ll work with you to optimize both through efficient and cost-effective approaches via our trusted vendors (HUAWEI, NOKIA, ERICSSON, ZTE) and technologies (GSM, UMTS, LTE).

Pre-Assembly

Let us manage your pre-assembly process. Our teams, based in Quebec and Ontario, are well versed in delivering successful, ready to go site build programs.
With over thousands of sites in the active network on the Macro, Micro and small cell side of the business, our team of experienced technicians perform the rack and stack with green light testing before the equipment goes on site.

Paired with our Business Process Automation (BPA) 360 application, we're able to pre-assemble and ensure equipment is fully operational in a controlled warehouse environment prior to arriving on site. Our pre-assembly solution will help you save time and money by reducing delays caused by missing parts, errors in assembly and/or environmental issues,

Field Services

MOBIA’s Field Service team of managers and technicians complete telecommunication installations and upgrades to the telco standards. From completing on site installation, repairs and maintenance to test tasks, our experienced technicians work with you to diagnose errors, identify technical challenges and create solutions.

LMRN (Land Mobile Radio Network)

Keeping emergency service providers, such paramedics, police and fire departments connected is essential for the safety of local communities and residents. We are skilled in setting up and maintaining the emergency networks used by 911 services, enabling them to get the information they need when they need it.

Stage four

Initial Recommendations

MOBIA’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team, uses cutting edge technologies to support all your project needs.

Well versed in the unique challenges facing telecommunications, our GIS specialists will work with you on everything from field data collection to normalizing large data sets to performing complex analysis.

Our offering includes:

Aerial imagery: collecting satellite and aerial photography for reference and data verification

CAD drawing integration, transformation, and interpretation to

Data acquisition, analysis and processing (via ArcGIS and FME translator) to help you make informed decisions

Database design and maintenance to enable accurate capturing, storing, cleaning and interpretation of the geographic data essential to your business

Network dataset creation: accurately mapping pipelines or utility networks from survey notes and construction drawings

Planning: helping you determine fibre optic routes for future Fibre to the Home builds through datasets, plans and draw services

Process automation and enhancement using SQL scripting and Python programming

Web mapping: putting important data and information at the fingertips of non-GIS professionals, providing you immediate access to the most current and relevant data, with the ability to query and edit map layers, and share customized maps easily.  

MOBIA is proud to announce a strategic bronze level partnership with Esri, a global market leader in GIS software and location intelligence.

The Esri Partner Network (EPN) is a global network of delivering leading edge solutions and services to assist clients in realizing the benefits of location intelligence, and Esri’s impressive portfolio of Geographic Information Systems tools and software.

Through this partnership, we have access to significant educational resources including the opportunity to obtain recognized specializations in specific Esri products and solutions, allowing us to serve customers with an increased level of knowledge and expertise.”

MOBIA is proud to announce a strategic bronze level partnership with Esri, a global market leader in GIS software and location intelligence.

The Esri Partner Network (EPN) is a global network of delivering leading edge solutions and services to assist clients in realizing the benefits of location intelligence, and Esri's impressive portfolio of
Geographic Information Systems tools and software.

Through this partnership, we have access to significant educational resources including the opportunity to obtain recognized specializations in specific Esri products and solutions, allowing us to serve customers with an increased level of knowledge and expertise.

Stage Five

Road Map Development

Let our team make sure your remote and field sites are set-up to meet the necessary legal requirements.

We’ll join you onsite to review the completed work, identify any areas that need to be corrected and provide status reports and frameworks for you to follow.

Stage Six

Implementation

No matter where you are in your telecom project, MOBIA’s team of highly skilled project and implementation managers will set you up for success. We are well versed in the challenges faced by telecom companies and have a deep understanding of how to pivot quickly when variables within a project change.

Whether you are looking to roll-out a new technology over a vast geography, coordinating multiple vendors for construction projects, managing a new fibre to home rollout or navigating the retirement of older technology we can help.

In addition to general telecom project management, we have experts who can help in:

Material Marshalling

Let our team of experts take on your material management and coordination, we are well versed in:

Material planning

Material ordering and pricing

Coordination of on-time delivery

Coordination of yard services and shipping

Financial Services

MOBIA’s billing coordinators and financial managers have a strong attention to detail, vast experience helping with capital projects and program goals and profitability. We’ll partner with you to make sure your project is set-up for financial success – from reviewing invoices to ensuring the billing is correct to handling profit and loss statements, we’ve got you covered.  

Next Generation Networks: 5G

Recent advancements in broadband wireless have opened up a whole new world of wireless connectivity options. Organizations now have the choice to select the technology that works best for what they’re looking to achieve.

5G brings faster network speed, broader bandwidth, improved quality of experience (especially in remote areas) and enables a unified network.

Discover how MOBIA can help you navigate this new frontier.

Enterprise Networking Advisory Services

With deep expertise in cellular networks, through years of helping leading Canadian service providers build and deploy 3G/4G/5G networks and deploying and managing WiFI networks for enterprises and hospitals, MOBIA can work with you to help you determine the best technology mix for your specific use case.

5G Architecture and Design

MOBIA partners with industry leaders to help our customers design scalable, resilient and secure 5G networks. Proper architecture and design of your network is fundamental to enabling the applications that power your business.  

WiFi and 5G Interoperability

Whether you are deploying Private 5G or interoperating with a 5G Service provider, our team of experts anca help you integrate your private WiFi with 5G networks, getting you up and running quickly and efficiently.  

RF Engineering

MOBIA’s RF Engineering teams support customers of all sizes to ensure they are using their spectrum efficiently and providing the proper levels of coverage and density for their specific applications. Using the latest tools and methodologies, we can help you design a wireless network to support your goals.

Knowledge Transfer and Support

After we test and enable the improvements to the critical applications, their surrounding technology stack, and related processes, MOBIA continues to fulfill its role as a long-term partner. While MOBIA offers postimplementation support and periodic reviews of the application(s), we focus on effective knowledge transfer throughout the project.

Our model is based on working alongside each client when planning and conducting the app modernization project. By making the client’s team part of the entire process, we integrate their input along the way and help them gain a solid understanding of the improvements we’re making. MOBIA assiduously avoids a “black box” approach in which the consultant keeps the customer at arm’s length during the project and then hands the client a final product they must now maintain but about which they know very little.

As we close out each project, we conduct final training workshops, coupled with informal knowledge transfer discussions with client end users and administrators, to ensure our customer is fully knowledgeable about the enhancements to their critical application(s) and how to use them. MOBIA also offers ongoing support services customized to the client’s needs.

Summary

For any large organization looking to seize a new business opportunity, update its processes to remain competitive, or just streamline its day-to-day operations to be more efficient, modernizing the critical application(s) on which its products or services rely isn’t just a good idea, it’s mandatory. The good news is that an experienced and capable business transformation partner can do the job. However, when selecting a service provider, be sure to ask these questions:

  • Where do you assess and incorporate business needs into your planning stages?
  • Does your project scope include the processes and environment surrounding the critical application (e.g., technology stack, user workflows, automation, compliance, and administrative overhead)?
  • How do you transition from recommendations to actionable tasks?
  • How do you integrate security throughout the project?
  • How do you engage, and impart knowledge to, clients throughout the project?
  • How do you support the application once the modernization project is complete?
  • In what ways have you applied these practices into previous application modernization projects for other clients?
These questions separate the conventional service providers from the trusted partner who will take the holistic approach required to carry out a successful application modernization project. When critical applications need an upgrade, the job must be done right the first time because extended disruptions or downtime are too costly to accept. However, when an experienced business transformation partner is at the helm, you can rest assured that your application modernization project will succeed and provide substantial benefits to your organization.

Ready to explore how application modernization can enable your organization to achieve its strategic goals? Schedule a call with a MOBIA Solutions Architect, or assess your organization's readiness to modernize your applications
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