Application Modernization


Strategies to help modernize legacy applications.


March 14, 2019




7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O’Hare) Illinois




The goal of an application modernization project is to create new business value from existing applications.

What You Will Learn


In this one-day conference attendees will learn:

  • How to develop an application modernization architecture and roadmap
  • Five steps for successful app modernization and legacy migration
  • Pros and cons between modernizing in-house and SaaS applications
  • How to handle risks of application behavior which include slower performance; generation of garbage output; poor scalability; high resource consumption; frequent application failures; and in the worst possible scenario, system crashes
  • An application migration checklist to reduce risks of your modernization effort
  • When to migrate versus when to not
  • Assess rational for modernization of the cluster of applications that support chosen business capabilities
  • Assess application capabilities relationship to service portfolio, including solving duplication issues and standardization opportunities
  • Define architecture that facilitates transition and retirement as necessary
  • An understanding of trends such as DevOps, Microservices and Platform as a service and the roles they play in modernization


Conference Price: $289.00 per person


Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.

Conference Program

8:00am – 9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am: Application Modernization Strategy – What Will Best Suit Your Business Needs?


Laura Vetter, Chief Technologist & Co-Founder, Evolutio


If you are thinking about application modernization and everywhere you turn you see legacy applications, it may be enticing to focus on born-in-the-cloud solutions.


But that can be very risky. There is no easy formula to transitioning to newer solutions from legacy architectures that could still represent critical business needs. Before getting begin, IT executives must develop a modernization plan that best supports the enterprise.


What does your ideal modernization project look like?


Are you migrating everything at once or in phases? Do you have the best resources? Are you aware of potential stumbling blocks and how to prepare for them?



10:00am -10:30am: Refreshment Break

10:30am-11:30am: Modernization Roadmap: How to Determine Which Legacy Applications are a Priority


Chris White, VP Product and Marketing Strategy, CAST Software


Creating an IT roadmap that identifies which legacy applications are a priority, and which systems are okay to keep, for the time being, must be done before getting started.


The reality may be that your migration is best suited towards moving in stages – or cycles – rather than attempting the whole job at once. As part of developing a modernization plan, technology leaders must decide which legacy systems require the most immediate attention.



11:30am-12:30pm: Maximizing the Business Value of Application Modernization


David Koppe, Director of Information Strategy, MongoDB


Most organizations have a portfolio of applications which have evolved over many years or even decades to meet business requirements. While technology trends such as cloud, microservices and DevOps have changed how new applications are built, rewriting or refactoring legacy applications can be an expensive and time-consuming process, with potential benefits being unclear not typically short term. Customers must navigate this challenge to determine how to prioritize modernization efforts based on not only technical criteria, but also the business value payoff of such efforts.



12:30pm – 1:30pm Luncheon

1:30pm-2:30pm:  Our Modernization Journey


Sid Tadiparthi, Solution Architect, Gallagher Bassett


Application Modernization is not a straightforward process with a well paved path.  Technology is evolving rapidly and with a growing need for IT resources and increased budgets, organizations need to strategize their priorities to remain current and stay competitive in the marketplace.


This presentation covers the journey of how Gallagher Bassett is embracing the new leading technologies such as containers, API integrations, and modernizing its applications to provide enhanced user experiences.




2:30pm – 3:00pm: Refreshment Break

3:00pm-4:00pm: APIs and the Modern User Experience


Charles Jones, Sales Engineer, Rocket Software


The business cares about productivity and profits, not hardware and software. Your legacy systems have powered your organization for years, and there’s no reason they can’t deliver the goods for the intuitive web and mobile user experiences you need to delivery today. The key is delivering the business functions as RESTful APIs that any application can use providing the fastest results and greatest productivity gains for your key stakeholders.

This session will cover:

  • Methods for creating APIs
  • Using APIs to support mobile and web user interfaces
  • Orchestrating services from multiple sources to meet complex needs
  • Managing APIs for optimal use and potential profit



4:00pm-5:00pm: Enterprise Stakeholders and IT Leaders: How they are Working Together for Effective Application Modernization 


Patrick Emmons, President, DragonSpears
Russell Moss, Vice-President, Divisional Technology Officer – Gov’t & Consumer Solutions, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, of IL, MN, NM, OK, TX
Dave Swierzynski, Vice President of Business Solutions Architecture, Gallagher Bassett
Bhavik Modi, Director of Software Development, Wheels, Inc.
Nicholas Barger, Director of Product Engineering, KeHE Distributors
and other executives from IT departments


In this session, attendees will learn from a panel of IT executives as to how they are working with different stakeholders to enable effective modernization and the results they are achieving.


Swierzynski     Barger            Emmons          Modi                Moss

Conference Price: $289.00 per person


Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.



As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.