Your legacy systems problems could be costing you time, money, and worse. Here’s why modernization must be a priority and how to approach it.
The rapid evolution of
technology demands that enterprises frequently modernize their systems and
infrastructure to support and allow future growth. Staying up to date with the
needs of the marketplace requires the most effective systems, tools, and
workflows in place, which also requires an IT strategy that embraces flexibility
Organizations prioritize modernizing legacy systems differently. For some, it is a constant, ongoing project
that is fundamental to the success of the business. For others, the scope and
cost outweigh the need for updated technology, so modernization falls by the
Legacy modernization is not
black and white. There are several methods for updating applications and
systems that businesses can adopt to cater to their needs, budget, and
bandwidth. Let’s take a look at how to approach a legacy upgrade and the
various options available to do so.
What is legacy modernization?
doesn’t only deal with outdated technology. It can pertain to any piece of
hardware, software, process, or system that is slowing down your workflow or
otherwise acting as a bottleneck in the organization. This includes
applications and technology experiencing issues with maintenance, support,
integration, or overall experience.
Four out of 10 Chief Information Officers consider complex legacy technology problems to be a significant barrier to true digital transformation. Modernization means upgrading the tools at your disposal to optimize operations.
Why legacy modernization matters
IT managers and CTOs
everywhere struggle to convince company leadership that investment in
technology is worth the time and money. There are many reasons legacy
modernization should be a constant priority within an organization:
- Better performance due
to high-functioning equipment and processes
- Competitive edge over
companies that don’t modernize
- Better experience for customers,
employees, and vendors
- Tighter security to
protect company assets
- Robust integration
options to make your systems more efficient
- Cost-efficiency when
compared to the constant maintenance and service needed to run outdated or
Legacy modernization methods
In order to choose an
appropriate modernization method, you have to consider the root cause of the
issues your organization is facing. Is it hardware, architecture, specific
applications, integrations, or some combination of these?
Form a plan based on the
desired outcome that takes into account how your employees and customers
interact with your tech stack. Complete
replacement isn’t the only option. Whatever modernization approach you use must
be part of a long-term strategy so you can continue to grow and see ROI on the
Rebuild and replace
This method allows you to
start from scratch. If the gain of replacing and rebuilding key components is worth more than trying to upgrade or
salvage parts of your legacy systems, this is the right option for you. Of
course, starting over requires forethought and planning to ensure the new
technology truly addresses issues rather than just stalling them.
Many enterprises don’t have
the budget or time to replace major technology components all at once, so
approach the replacement process gradually instead, upgrading piece by piece as
needed. This solution is best for smaller businesses or simpler processes. The
more complex the system, the more vulnerable this option is to error.
Improve legacy systems
The idea behind improving
legacy systems is to make efficient changes that will achieve the desired
outcomes without the investment of a complete replacement. Some option to make
these improvements include:
- Rehosting: Redeploying
a component or entire application to different infrastructure. Most often,
enterprises choose to migrate applications to the cloud to get maximized speed,
flexibility, and savings without changing features or application code.
Optimizing code within an application without changing its external behavior.
Refactoring improves key functionalities and features to enhance the overall
usage and performance.
Modernization from a network design perspective, seeking to optimize code,
integration, and overall functionality to make the most of legacy applications.
- Encapsulation: By reusing components of legacy software, encapsulation leaves code in its current environment but
connects it to new presentation and accesses layers via an API. This extends
the application’s features without significant changes to the code.
Modernizing with integration
Modern technologies and
applications are usually integration-ready, giving enterprises that much more
potential for optimized performance and service. This is yet another reason to
consider legacy modernization. Attempting to integrate outdated or incompatible
systems is often more costly than upgrading over time.
enosix’s integration solutions
are designed for enterprise companies looking to provide a more connected and
informed experience to their customers. Our bi-directional integration connects
your backend SAP ERP system to your front-end CRM, unlocking critical data for all
employees. It also reduces the cost of IT maintenance and implementation while
accelerating your time to value.
Modernizing your legacy
systems doesn’t just involve improving and replacing individual applications
and components. It includes seeking solutions for integration so you can use your applications to their full potential
and unlock success.Schedule a demo with
us today to learn more.