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0 Legacy modernisation is a key but potentially risky procedure as organisations seek to move data and applications away from

mainframe and other legacy platforms into an SOA-oriented environment. There s a number of approaches available! each with associated benefits! risks and costs. Starting with the lowest and ending with the highest risk approach! you could re-host a legacy application on a modern platform and so reduce hardware and software maintenance costs! e"tract the data and rebuild the application functionality! taking the opportunity to enhance functionality! or you could replace it entirely with either off-the-shelf packages or #$% software. %roducts that help migrate such applications into the cloud e"ist and the industry is starting to move in this direction! as witnessed by the recent launch of another development platform! based on Ama&on 'eb Services! that recompiles (obol and ()(S into *ava. +odernising legacy applications that have been in action for decades will be neither simple nor! let s face it! cheap. ,owever the emergence of more costeffective platforms! migration tools! and the long-term benefits of modernised code! if that s the route you select! will pay dividends in the longer run in terms of lower maintenance! faster time to market! greater agility! and reduced reliance on diminishing skill sets.