Legacy Systems Born Again
As Bob Dylan famously mused, “The times, they are a-changin”. There’s no better example of change than in the world of technology. Software and systems which were relevant 5-10 years ago are now fossils in the era of the iPhone X. This includes the way you do business. Some of your applications and software were perfect for your business when they were released and have become the cornerstone of how you do everything. Now, they are archaic.
Are you afraid making a change that could cause your entire business to cave in on itself? Read on and learn how you can integrate your business’s legacy systems into the digital age.
Assess the Need
Whatever the size and scale of your business, take stock as to how many software applications you utilize for various departments and functions. Are they doing everything they need to do and are they doing them well? If so, then perhaps it’s something to save for the future. Changing out legacy software can be very expensive. You will need it at some point in order to keep up with growing technology and to have proper protection against cyber threats. However, this could be a good time to save money in the budget for a future upgrade and focus on the systems that need it.
If there is an application which no longer is functioning how you need it to? Or perhaps does not allow you to incorporate new technologies? Then, it’s time for a change.
Seek Third Party Assistance
More than likely, you’re not going to have an expert in legacy systems integration on your staff. It might be helpful then, to bring a contractor on board who can guide your business in the process of transferring from one application to another.
Look Out for Overlap with Other Legacy Systems
An update to an old legacy system may include more features than the original. Be sure to have a thorough understanding of what your new applications can do. If they are able to perform the function of other legacy systems which it did not intend on replacing, be sure to transfer over this as well. Having redundant systems will only cause confusion in your business and how it is run.
Welcome to the New Age
While change is inevitable, it doesn’t need to be scary or overwhelming. If your old legacy systems aren’t cutting it anymore, then it’s time for an upgrade. Why not reach out to the experts and find the applications that are right for you and your business? Staying up to date can be expensive, but it will make for a safer and more accessible experience for you and your customers.