Software modernization

Turning Stones into Steps

Many industries, in particular banks, insurance companies or the industrial sector, still employ software systems that were designed twenty or even thirty years ago and were thus implemented based on the technology available at the time. These systems are of essential commercial importance for the companies as they map key business processes and manage a vast amount of company-specific data. And these so-called legacy systems cannot be easily replaced or migrated.

Typical issues include:

  • High operation and maintenance costs,
  • Original development tools are no longer (adequately) supported in modern IT environments,
  • No use of modern standards and interfaces,
  • Many developers are no longer available (missed knowledge transfer)

The Challenge

Technology is continuously evolving, so the gap between legacy systems and state-of-the-art technologies has widened dramatically. As a result, additions or new solutions must be based on out-of-date technologies.

This drives fixed costs, stifles flexibility and thus results in competitive disadvantages compared to companies relying on modern software solutions, e.g., Software as a Service.

Many companies are under pressure to act, but they often lack adequate portal solutions for B2B or B2C business or employ outdated technologies that do not offer any portal functionality.

The Solution

The StoneOne technology enables companies to leverage their old systems isolated either geographically or due to compatibility issues by creating a comprehensive Web platform that connects them with one-another. Distributed data can be retrieved and made available across system boundaries, queries or orders can be processed centrally and forwarded to the respective sub-system via preconfigured connections based on StoneOne components. In the backend, usually in a business component, user queries are converted into queries for each respective connected sub-system – and the answers are compiled and output. For orders, the decision of which sub-system this request is forwarded to is made based on subject area or location.

StoneOne also greatly facilitates and speeds up migrations performed over the Web. One of the key challenges is that a single corporate workflow quite frequently draws on multiple backend systems that can only be operated by power users. Creating a streamlined, consistent front-end makes the systems accessible to more users, vastly increasing their value and effectiveness.

The solution: A modern Web interface is created that caters to most users by delivering precisely the elements they need from the different backend systems. This helps to speedily provide users with the information they require, making a true migration or new development unnecessary or giving companies enough time to prepare for them.

Turning stones into steps