4 Compelling Reasons why your Legacy System is holding your Business back!
Do you get a headache when you reminisce on the time and effort that was involved in the implementation of the system that your company currently uses? If so, you probably live by the mantra, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ – am I right? What if I told you that keeping your legacy system/s for as long as possible could be holding your business back? Here’s why:
1. It ties up your budget
How much of your budget does your legacy system take up? Legacy systems usually take up around 70%-80% of an IT budget, never leaving room to move forward into the future. Think about it, if this much of your budget is tied up in a legacy system, how much do you have left to modernise your organisation?
2. It wastes your time
Applications and systems are becoming increasingly complex over time. Every customisation and change you make adds another layer of complexity to the system. Continuing this process on these systems only becomes more difficult and time-consuming as they get older. This means that your IT department is dedicating more time to maintaining your legacy system.
3. It keeps you from the benefits of modern technology
If you’re using an outdated system, it means you’re also stuck with many outdated features. While your legacy system may be working now, don’t ignore the adoption of cloud computing, especially since that it prepares you for the day that your system will no longer work. Features such as a hybrid sync, which ensures that when accessing your information from a mobile device (yes, you can even access your work away from work), you have the most up-to-date copy. The open source feature – something else your legacy system won’t have – is also nonexistent, not allowing the source code to be examined, and in turn missing out on the opportunity to customise, configure and search for bugs yourself. These are just a few of many features that your legacy system is missing out on.
4. One day they stop working
Looking into the future, legacy systems don’t have any features that modern society uses on an everyday basis. One day your system will become too hard to use or access due to its ancient old way of doing things.
So, what will you do? Sure, you can upgrade your system then, although this might cost just as much as replacing it and it sure won’t solve any of the issues above. Moving away from a legacy system is important in moving well into the 21st century. Change is good.