Software is becoming ever more important in the enterprise, and Java applications continue to drive many core business processes. Modernizing those applications in a way that makes them more scalable, responsive, resilient and accessible is critical as organizations not only look to become more efficient, but also remain relevant in an era where reputation is directly impacted by the quality of digital experience.

Java remains an important part of a staggering number of enterprise codebases, but application modernization is being held back by code quality. Enterprise organizations intend to modernize over 80% of their Java applications, and unit testing is playing a vital role in overcoming the key barrier to success: maintaining code quality.

Diffblue’s Java Modernization Survey sought to uncover more detail about what application modernization really means to the teams responsible for these systems. We asked 450 Java application owners and engineering leads in the U.S. and the United Kingdom (UK) about the factors driving their modernization projects, the biggest challenges they expect to face, and what impact the process will have on development teams.

In this report, you will learn:

  • How engineering leaders are thinking about Java as part of their plans for modernization of legacy applications
  • The impact of security, automation and developer experience as drivers of modernization, plus key barriers to enterprise modernization
  • How and why automation is playing an increasingly important role in aiding the ‘shift left’ of responsibilities to developers, and its role as an essential component of Java modernization