Creating a hybrid software – a real evolution
Preparations for hybrid software
It is crucial to make the proper preparations before writing even the first line of the code. When a company aims to craft a hybrid software of new and old software, the architects need to design. And it is a whole new system architecture. In conclusion, the new solution should make it possible to include former elements, yet leverage the power of new ones.
Although it’s not easy, it’s worth the effort. After mapping the most critical processes to migrate, the company can start designing a new solution. It is crucial to understand the difference. It is not the same as preparing a patch or polishing up old software. The new element is a fully operational component of the upcoming software.
It’s not new gear in an old clock. To clarify it is the first part of a new mechanism that was designed to work alongside the old one and power it up with the latest tech. At the same time, the new part is designed to work in the new, not-yet-implemented system.
Since the hybrid software is made up of two different solutions, which allows for a completely different approach. First of all a different user experience, it is far more flexible than the traditional business solution. One of the most significant advantages is the ability to swiftly collect feedback. From both: customers and users.
Secondly, and maybe even more importantly, a hybridization allows for the running of A/B testing. A company may offer the use of both the old and the new solution and consequently test for the user’s preference. If the users prefer the old solution despite its technological advancement and improved UX, there is apparently something wrong.
On the other hand, users would still find the transition into the hybridized software much more comfortable. By collecting feedback “on-the-go” and allowing the most fearful users to continue using the old, familiar version, it is much easier to get them used to the new software.
The unstoppable future
Another advantage of creating a hybrid software is preparing the ground for an entirely new solution in the future. Step by step, the aging software will move aside to make a place for new ones. It will be neither an earthquake nor shock therapy. Instead, the hybridization of software can be compared to a slow evolution.
With the adoption of new, better elements and the reduction of old solutions, the software will morph into something different and better, thus allowing the company to efficiently chase the market. In other words – the survival of the fittest.
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