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Application Transformation

Our unique approach helps you transform legacy apps to accelerate your cloud-native journey and go fast, forever.
Why You Need Application Transformation

Evolving customer demands force companies to innovate quickly. However, most of the world’s developers work with legacy applications that reside on an outdated platform using antiquated tools. Moving to the cloud is often hindered by a complex application portfolio that is tightly-coupled and sparsely documented. On top of all that, organizations are impeded by manual, tedious processes designed to minimize risk and maintain compliance. As a result, software releases become infrequent and time consuming.

Pivotal’s App Transformation Approach

We can help! Pivotal’s Application Transformation Services help you navigate the journey to the cloud, infusing confidence into every step of the journey. Our team will work alongside you to transform your legacy portfolio to cloud-native to incrementally reduce time, cost, and operational inefficiencies while maintaining security, resilience, and compliance.

We help large organizations plan and execute their application transformation initiatives by using an approach that defines measured, incremental steps that gradually increase the cloud maturity of your app portfolio, the automation in your software development lifecycle (SDLC), and the knowledge within your team.

Phases of App Transformation

Pivotal defines three phases of app transformation to cloud-native: replatforming, modernization, and organization transformation. The cloud maturity of your app portfolio, as measured using ​15 technical factors​, gradually increases during each phase.

Runs on Existing Systems

Your existing apps running on current-era stacks supported by time-tested people and processes.


Replatforming involves moving a small set of existing applications to the new platform. The effort required to migrate these applications should be low to moderate. However, replatformed apps often do not yet comply with all ​15 factors​.

Runs on Pivotal Cloud Foundry

Suitable apps moved to PCF with minimal code change. Better ops thanks to platform automation.


During modernization, the level of cloud maturity of replatformed apps increases while larger and more complex apps are also transformed. More complex, nonfunctional requirements like performance, security, and compliance will be met during modernization.

Runs Well on Pivotal Cloud Foundry

Existing apps refactored using 12-factor principles and modern software process (TDD, CI/CD), optimized for PCF.

Organization Transformation

Organization transformation reconfigures your organization by forming small, balanced teams which deliver software products from idea to production.

Runs Great on Pivotal Cloud Foundry

Cross-functional teams delivering continuous software updates into PCF end-to-end through modern principles.

Four Key Tenets
of App Transformation
Start Small
Start with one business unit and a handful of apps

We recommend starting with a set of 5-10 applications built over the last five years using technology compatible with Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF). We use an approach called Snap Not Analysis Paralysis (SNAP) to quickly determine suitability and a TIME Analysis, “2 x 2” business prioritization framework used as a conference room exercise to help target apps of low technical risk and of high business relevance.

Learn by Doing
Build a cookbook of patterns informed by moving initial apps into prod

We help you form an internal consulting function around app transformation and then augment internal staff (who own and lead the initiative) with external resources (that can scale and offer economic advantage) in a way that ramps over time. The objective is to get 5-10 applications moved into production while capturing lessons/techniques as recipes to streamline and accelerate future efforts.

Break Big Things Into Small Things
Break “slices” of complex systems into PCF

Complex systems are broken down into lightweight microservices that can scale horizontally on a cloud. These monoliths often span multiple subsystems and data sources and dozens of deployables across a network of servers and mainframe backends. Monoliths often also contain elements that cannot move to the cloud without a complete rewrite.

Automate Everything
Reduce manual process across the path-to-production

To start, we recommend drawing a ​value stream map​ of the end-to-end path to production (for the initial apps only) to identify opportunities to reduce waste through automation.

Additionally, there may be little to no automated test coverage within the existing portfolio. Pivotal recommends that all new code be written to include unit and integration tests. Existing code ported to PCF should include smoke tests for backing services, and potentially acceptance tests.

How to Know if You
Are Succeeding

Quantitative measurement is critical and we recommend defining—and continuously refining—OKRs for each step that cover process, time, and cost improvements. However, there are signals that show that your app transformation effort is succeeding:

  • Increased software releases: Quarter over quarter improvements
  • Implemented release management efficiencies: Lower lead and process time, fewer steps and handoffs
  • Improved operational metrics for transitioned apps: MTTR, MTBD, support tickets, etc.
  • Enhanced security: Faster patching, zero downtime upgrades, etc.
  • Reduced infrastructure usage: Higher density compute, auto-scaling and licensing reductions
White Paper
Pivotal Practices: Application Transformation

Your legacy portfolio can be gradually transformed to cloud-native in order to incrementally reduce time, cost, and operational inefficiencies while maintaining security, resilience, and compliance.

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Application Transformation Recipes

We've helped many customers migrate their software to the cloud over the years and as a result have honed in on the patterns and techniques we believe work best.

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