Legacy Modernization Principles
- Enhances functionality
- Creates opportunity for remote workforces and consumers
- Increases efficiency
- Modernizes software and applications to meet consumer demands
- Allows you to remain competitive
- Reduces maintenance costs and overhead
- Aligns business objectives with technology infrastructure
- Protects software by integrating cloud capabilities
A prime example is desktop technology. Ten years ago, creating a product only for desktop use was acceptable. Today’s needs are extremely different. Using legacy modernization principles to turn it into a web application opens up a world of opportunities in terms of application enhancements, remote workforces, and convenience for consumers.
Just like a car or video game console, outdated equipment may be more challenging to repair because the tools to do so might not be as readily available. In any system, software has to “talk” to hardware, and if they’re not on the same page, they can’t communicate as well as they should.
Another factor is that legacy software must be maintained. While developers read and code in many languages, the lingo changes regularly – so to speak. Therefore, it may be difficult to find someone who fully understands all of the details of legacy software languages, and can then translate them into a product that functions appropriately in today’s environment.
Yet another issue to consider is that outdated software may be more vulnerable to cyber threats.
Finally, older software might not even have cloud security, so if an older server crashes, you could completely lose the applications.
All of these factors demonstrate why legacy modernization is important, as you don’t want to wait too long to get your systems up-to-date.
The bottom line is that customers expect to be able to use modern resources, so if you’re not offering it, they will find it elsewhere. Updating software and applications isn’t only about additional opportunities and added convenience. Instead, it’s truly vital to the future success of your organization.