Is your organization being held back by antiquated technology? Many companies find themselves operating with legacy applications, and that’s not a sustainable solution. Legacy applications grow older, become cumbersome, and even develop into security risks. Yet legacy modernization is also a non-trivial process.
Here’s what you need to do.
Why Do You Need to Update Your Legacy Applications?
A legacy application is only going to become steadily more difficult to update. As an application ages, it becomes unstable. Your employees struggle with their productivity. Your business may experience security issues, as security moves incredibly fast. Legacy applications lose support over time, are no longer patched, and can no longer be updated to modern systems.
As your own systems update, you may find yourself unable to use your legacy applications. Your operating system and third-party may no longer be compatible with your legacy applications. The last thing you want is to be forced out of your legacy solutions, because that will require that you update and upgrade your system quickly.
What Resources Will You Need for Legacy Modernization?
To update a legacy application, you need resources — both human and otherwise. In terms of human resources, you need expertise. You need people who understand our legacy solution, containers, and cloud-based infrastructure, to update your current solution to your organization’s future needs.
In terms of other resources, there will be time and money. But as much as an application update may cost the company, it will be insubstantial compared to the cost of trying to maintain and operate a legacy solution.
The process of updating a legacy application begins with assessing what the application currently does, and what the application has to do moving forward. From there, the application has to be built again from the ground up, to suit the organization’s future needs.
Modernizing a solution is about more than just rebuilding it: It’s also about leveraging new technology. The surface of data and security has dramatically changed, and a new solution will leverage the new technologies that are available. The ideal modernized solution will be designed in a way that it can be easily upgraded and improved as needed, so the organization doesn’t end up managing a legacy solution again.
Do You Need a Team or Can You Do It In-House?
Now that you know what you need to update your legacy applications, it’s time to determine whether you want to do it with a professional team or in-house. If you have in-house talent, you can leverage it — but consider that there are some disadvantages to this. Your internal IT department may be pulled away from other projects, and they may be called upon to produce work that is far beyond their own skillset.
While a professional team may cost more than an in-house team, they can likely produce a new solution much faster. Many professional teams already have resources at hand, such as code bases that they can work with, and they can put together a system that is both robust and secure.
However you choose to upgrade your legacy applications, it’s important that you do so before your legacy applications become an issue. The longer you work with legacy applications, the more exposed your organization is to risk. Not only could your data be compromised, but your employees are going to find themselves increasingly frustrated with the systems that they use.
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