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vFunction launches Assessment Hub to aid modernisation

By Catherine Knowles
Mon 9 May 2022

vFunction has announced the availability of the vFunction Assessment Hub. This is a product that uses AI to calculate the effect of technical debt across applications, their negative impact on innovation, predict the benefits of refactoring, and then integrate into an automated refactoring platform.

According to vFunction, companies can now identify 'innovation killers' in their application estate, build more accurate and impactful business cases to modernise complex apps, and increase the success rate of their application modernisation projects.

The top inhibitor to innovation velocity in organisations is the cost and load of technical debt in large and complex applications, the company states.

Current manual assessment approaches tend to be slow, complex, costly and often fail to deliver positive business results.

In order to increase innovation velocity and scalability, companies must address and eliminate accumulated technical debt across their application estate head-on.

However, understanding the actual cost of technical debt and building a business case for modernisation is elusive to most enterprises.

To address this, companies need to be able to accurately assess and measure the negative impact that technical debt has on the ability to innovate, compete and scale.

vFunction's new vFunction Assessment Hub, which integrates with the vFunction Modernisation Hub, is the first modernisation assessment solution to analyse the technical debt of a company's legacy applications, accurately identify the source or sources of that debt, and measure its negative impact on innovation, according to the company.

The AI-powered solution measures app complexity based on code modularity and dependency entanglements, measures the risk of changes impacting stability based on the depth and length of the dependency chains, and then aggregates these to assess the overall technical debt level.

It then benchmarks debt, risk and complexity against the organisation’s own estate, while identifying ageing frameworks that could pose future security and licensing risks.

With too many of today's assessment projects held back by complexity, risk, fatigue and impracticality, vFunction Assessment Hub allows enterprises with a broad portfolio of applications to identify and prioritise which apps to modernise, construct an actionable roadmap for refactoring, and build a business case for modernisation that increases innovation and lowers costs.

According to vFunction, Assessment Hub is the first assessment solution that directly leads to refactoring, re-architecting and rewriting applications with the vFunction Modernisation Platform.

vFunction's AI-powered, data-driven approach to app modernisation equates to accurate higher quality results and more actionable conclusions than the manual approaches that exist today.

vFunction CEO and co-founder Moti Rafalin says, "Technical debt and innovation are two sides of the same TCO coin and debt has an inverse effect on innovation - you can't solve one without addressing the other.

"Traditionally, app modernisation has been risky, costly and slow, but it doesn't need to be. Our top priority is to provide customers and partners with a powerful, automated and low-cost assessment solution that helps to democratise the way legacy app assessment, planning, and modernisation is addressed today."

Intellyx principal analyst Jason English says, “Given the complexity and interdependence of today's multi-layered application estates, CIOs and technology leaders need to prioritise their modernisation efforts before they start pulling on threads that can unravel further complexity.

"The vFunction Assessment Hub provides an entry point for evaluating the ROI of breaking down legacy monoliths and decoupling dependencies, so refactoring efforts can be better aligned with business goals.”

Futurum Research senior analyst Steven Dickens says, "As people look to migrate to the cloud, 'lifting and shifting' monolithic applications is not sufficient.

"This vFunction announcement, which focuses on capabilities that make it easier for development teams to analyse and assess the task of migrating applications to cloud-native microservices architecture hosted on the public cloud, is much needed right now."

The vFunction Assessment Hub is now available for enterprises in the AWS Marketplace, and through vFunction partnerships with Systems Integrators and Cloud Providers.

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