Legacy Systems and How to Move Away

Just about every company has them: legacy systems. They may be part of the architecture — the very infrastructure, at the heart of your company’s IT road map, too.

But what if these platforms are actually hurting your company’s performance?

What is a legacy system?

Legacy systems are old, usually outdated technology — either the hardware itself or the software. The reason they’re outdated is they may not integrate with other platforms, which could save your company time and money. They may not be able to sustain microservices. And they may not even meet your core needs, enabling reporting or handling the growing needs of your company.

In other words, legacy systems may be keeping your organization from reaching its full potential. Here are a couple ways you can separate yourself without spending a fortune.

A “rip-and-replace” approach might not be best for you

IT guys talking about legacy systemsWhile you might want to completely discard and replace your current legacy platform all at once, this might not be best course of action for your company. ComputerWorld wrote that this “rip-and-replace” approach is costly and can have negative impacts on your business’s productivity levels.

You also might encounter significant change resistance throughout your organization, making a successful implementation nearly impossible. Instead, considering slowly integrating a new system over time, with plenty of training and support opportunities available to guide employees through the process. Learn about managing change. The more you can manage the change, the better the implementation will be. Users will have time to adopt new protocols and processes, which means it’ll ultimately be more successful.

Maybe you need to find a healthy middle ground?

Instead of completely replacing your legacy system (even over time), maybe you should find a middle ground. In the case of cloud-based software solutions, some companies implement a hybrid option, that allows for both on-premise and cloud-based functionality. This option is especially beneficial for IT professionals who need added functionality ans security, but don’t want to disrupt the entire system.

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Tami Matthews

Tami Matthews is a content marketing manager at ReadyTalk. What’s content marketing? It’s a fancy way to say she writes, edits, and plans content – copy, articles, videos, podcasts, and more -- for our website, social media, white papers, ebooks, etc. She has more than 20 years of experience writing and loves it so much, she does it in her spare time. When she’s not at work, she’s hanging out with her spunky daughter and loving husband, reading, writing, and hiking. She’s kinda into sci-fi and loves to talk Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who, Firefly, Blake’s 7, Hitchhiker’s Guide, and general geekery with anyone who will listen or engage.

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