Today’s technological advancements have elevated employees’ expectations of what is possible from business applications. Gartner predicts that “by 2023, 40% of professional workers will expect orchestrated business application experiences and capabilities like they do their music streaming experience”. With the cloud and mobile technologies empowering employees to ‘work anywhere’, traditional on-premises apps will not be able to keep up to support that preferred work style. Not only that, but legacy apps can also stifle innovation and slow down your people. It is important for organisations to modernise both their high value and legacy business applications.

With Microsoft Azure, you can bring your web apps to the cloud with minimal or no-code changes, scale it on an enterprise-grade platform, and protect it against malicious attacks and common web vulnerabilities. But don’t just take our word for it; read our success stories to learn how this wine federal agency improved their legacy content management system’s performance and security by modernising it using Azure.

You can modernise your business apps using any of these four strategies:

Download ‘4 strategies for modernising your business applications with Azure infographic’ here.

1 | Rehost.

Often referred to as “lift and shift” migration, this no-code option lets you migrate your existing applications to Azure quickly, without the risks or costs of making code changes.


  • Moving applications to the cloud quickly.
  • Apps that use Azure IaaS scalability.
  • Businesses that require the applications but don’t need to change capabilities right away.

2 | Refactor.

Often referred to as “repackage”, this cloud migration strategy involves some change to the application design but no wholesale changes to the application code.


  • When you have an existing codebase and development skills.
  • Code portability is a concern.
  • A quick way to modernise your apps.

3 | Rearchitect.

Modernise your app into a resilient, highly scalable, independently deployable architecture and use Azure to accelerate the process, scale applications, and manage your apps with ease.


  • Taking advantage of existing application investments.
  • Meeting scalability requirements in a cost-effective way.
  • Bringing new Azure capabilities to existing applications.

4 | Rebuild.

Rebuild an application from scratch using cloud-native technologies, without the expense and complexity of software licenses, the need for underlying application infrastructure, or middleware and other resources.


  • Rapid development when the existing application is slowing you down.
  • Building innovative apps that take advantage of advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Expediting business innovation.

Watch this webinar for more information about Azure Migration Approaches.

Choose the right app modernisation strategy for your business.

Still need further guidance with devising a roadmap to modernise your legacy business-critical apps? Start with our guided, holistic approach to application modernisation by signing up for our free 1-hour discovery call or complimentary 1-day readiness assessment. Our technical consulting team will provide you with the recommended approaches, high-level roadmap, and estimated costs to help you plan your next steps.

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