Application Modernization in the Public Sector — Go Beyond Rehost, Rebuild, Replace

March 11, 2020
Application Modernization in the Public Sector — Go Beyond Rehost, Rebuild, Replace

Modernizing the application stack is now a critical priority for all levels of government, and it is hard to find a governmental agency that isn't currently knee deep in modernization efforts. But from reducing complexity and cost to leveraging the cloud to strategically position your agency to respond to demands of the digital era, you are on your own unique journey.

Frankly, there is no single right way to plan an application modernization strategy to support your digital transformation journey. But there is one thing that is critical: integration.

Integration can't be an afterthought. To ensure you can make the right operational and strategic decision, you need to create a seamless flow of data among all your applications. So if you have decided to rehost, rebuild, or replace a given application, but do not have a clear integration strategy, you can expect to be frustrated. Instead of being on a stairway to the cloud, you may be on a highway to hell.

Each application has dependencies — databases, message brokers, configuration storage systems — as well as workflows with other applications. The consolidation or migration of applications requires re-connecting applications and databases that exchange data, as well as ensuring data exchange between the consolidated target application and the old application during the transition phase, where the target and source application both exist.

You'll need to take all these things into consideration when you take inventory of your applications. And while you're at it, you'll also need to ask, "Do we have the right tools to support the projects?"

Traditional legacy middleware or in-house developed integration toolsets are not equipped to efficiently link cloud apps, newly migrated apps and on-premises apps. So, if you plan to use those tools, are you adding to the complexity and potentially risking delaying projects or going over budget?

Read our eBook, "Application Modernization in the Public Sector," to learn more about best practices for application modernization and how an iPaaS can help you deliver your projects faster and more effectively.

Reap the Rewards of Application Modernization

The rewards in efficiency and productivity are certainly worth the pain of the application modernization journey.

If you are a government agency, it will help you do very well on your FITARA scorecard. If you are a state or local government agency, you'll be well-placed to deliver suitability or smart cities projects, which require a strong, modern technology foundation.

Boomi is committed to helping Public Sector organizations deliver on their missions. The unified Boomi Platform equips federal, state, and local governments to address increasingly complex integration and connectivity scenarios, but it also offers so much more. Boomi delivers robust capabilities to address growing needs for low-code, cloud-native integration, data catalog and preparation, API management, B2B/EDI management, workflow automation development, and master data management.

To learn more about how Boomi helps the Public Sector, visit

About the Author

Kristina Avrionova is a product marketing manager at Dell Boomi.