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Migrate Your Legacy Applications with Low-Code

Boost app agility and resilience while simplifying legacy systems

Monoliths Are Massively Complex
in All the Wrong Ways

Although mission-critical for many businesses, legacy systems are costly, risky, and time consuming—and that’s just to keep the lights on.

  • Floppy disk

    Outdated technology

    Inevitably, legacy monoliths become black holes of outdated and unorganized code that make routine updates a nightmare for developers.

  • Slow to evolve

    Adapting to changing requirements or user needs is always a resource-depleting ordeal since legacy systems are unable to evolve quick enough to keep up with the business.

  • High risk

    Even when small changes are possible, updating one part of an application can have unpredictable consequences for the entire system.

Simplify with a low-code legacy migration

Low-code development presents a clear, streamlined path to legacy migration.

Taking a visual and collaborative approach, low-code solves the disconnect between what the business needs and what IT delivers by empowering developers of all skillsets. Better communication and collaboration means you can build higher quality applications bursting with business value.

For legacy migrations, the Mendix low-code Platform helps businesses decentralize the monolith, simplify the system, improve existing applications, and evolve as business and user needs change.

  • Decentralize

    Applications divided into purposeful microservices limits the scope of the monolith and keeps your apps resilient.

    With Mendix, microservices act independently of the big picture so that one small change doesn’t break the entire system.

  • Simplify

    With business, IT, and user groups speaking a common language in Mendix’s intuitive development environments, building enterprise apps becomes simpler.

    Microservices also reduce organizational complexity by clearly defining responsibilities for a smaller group of stakeholders.

  • Improve

    Legacy migration is a chance to build better applications.

    Mendix includes collaboration tools, developer toolkits, reusable components, and other features to help you create apps that exceed the capabilities of your legacy monolith.

  • Evolve

    No need to worry about painstaking maintenance, upgrades, and obsolescence.

    Mendix’s flexible, future-focused architecture keeps businesses and apps agile, and it’s easy to update microservices as user needs change and technology evolves.

Migrate and build back better with Mendix

Ditch the parts of your legacy systems that no longer serve a purpose and migrate business-critical applications to Mendix’s future-proof low-code platform. Mendix makes legacy migration via low-code as efficient and streamlined as possible. With services that are cloud-native and containerized by default, the Mendix Platform provides high levels of abstraction and automation when building both applications and microservices.

  • Expand who can be a developer

    Mendix’s visual modeling enables collaboration between those with low and high technical expertise, leading to higher quality applications delivered at faster speeds.

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  • Less dependencies = less risk

    Microservices built on Mendix limit the scope of the monolith to reduce risk. A bug or a change to one component won’t break the entire application or the legacy system.

  • Cloud-native scalability

    Mendix is cloud-native and scalable by default. Build flexible applications with reusable components and business logic to scale quickly in a way that makes the most sense for your business.

    Read more about cloud services
  • Integrate without friction

    Mendix Data Hub makes it easy to connect microservices and integrate apps with existing systems through industry standard interfaces and protocols, such as REST, SOAP, JDBC, and OData.

    Explore Data Hub
  • Gain full visibility

    Unlike the murky depths of a monolith, Mendix Control Center provides a clear, centralized view of your application architecture, including data models, UIs, and user bases.

    Learn more about Control Center
  • Escape vendor lock-in

    Since Mendix is an open and extensible platform, you own and will always have continued access to your data and applications. You also have the option to export data as necessary.

Take your apps beyond migration

Don’t stop at migration. Go beyond replicating functionality and enable your solutions to continuously evolve with Mendix.

  • Optimize your solutions portfolio

    Maximize the value of your apps with the reuse of services to simplify your software landscape. Move applications or components to the cloud for more automation at a lower total cost of ownership.

  • Scale as business needs change

    Increase and adapt the functionality of your apps as user and business needs change. Microservices can be iterated to the needs of a particular business unit, without affecting other components.

  • Deliver world-class user experiences

    Build multi-experience applications, including browser-based apps, progressive web apps (PWA), and offline-first native mobile apps — all with exceptional, consistent user experiences.

  • Drive innovation

    Mendix makes it easy to continuously iterate and improve your business apps. With a test-and-learn approach, you can explore new ideas and pivot strategies quickly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know when it’s time for a legacy migration?

    If the limitations of your organization’s legacy monolith are holding you back from adapting to evolving business and user needs, it’s time to consider modernization. Legacy migration enables organizations to move mission-critical applications to more modern technology. Replacing the entire monolith is a considerable undertaking, but legacy migration is a way to modernize at the speed of your unique business.

    Related reading: How to Modernize Legacy Applications — the Right Way

  • How else can legacy systems be modernized?

    Migrating legacy applications and processes may not be the right choice for every organization, but there are two other options to consider.

    You can opt to extend the capabilities of your legacy system, which is ideal for those with core systems that still function as needed. Extending allows you to maintain your core system while you build new, modern processes and applications without disrupting current operations.

    Read more about extending legacy systems

    Replacing a legacy system is another option. This can be a time-intensive investment since it involves completely replacing your legacy system, but in many situations replacement can be the best option in the long run.

    Read more about replacing legacy systems