Should You Replace Legacy Systems or Upgrade Them?

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Many established enterprises have legacy systems at the core of their operations. They either have software, IT solutions, or applications that are still widely used and fundamental to overall functioning. The original vendors or software developers often no longer support the legacy technology. Companies are conflicted about abandoning these systems for newer alternatives. So, should you replace legacy systems or maintain them? In this article at TechTarget, Mary K. Pratt explains that chief information officers (CIOs) must identify the status of legacy applications and decide whether it is worth upgrading or maintaining them.

Which to Choose—Maintain or Replace Legacy Systems?

Many businesses opt to maintain legacy systems considering the cost, complexity, reliability, and familiarity. Experts believe that the cost of upgrading can sometimes exceed the business value, at least in the short run. However, companies should not assume that all older technology must be replaced. IT leaders can add layers of technology around the existing systems to integrate the newer functionalities and meet modern customer demands.

Why Should You Modernize Outdated Systems?

Business leaders must replace unsupportable technology that no longer meets organizational goals or strategic objectives. Remember, upgraded systems outperform any savings that legacy technology maintenance offer. Furthermore, modernized IT systems provide several crucial benefits. They include:

Providing faster responses to partner or user requestsEstablishing end-to-end data governance to ensure complianceAccessing real-time data transaction viewsReceiving automated notices when an issue arises to identify and resolve errors

With modernized IT systems, organizations can “attract and retain talent, particularly IT workers, who are seeking opportunities to work with newer technologies and forward-looking companies,” says Pratt.

Deciding whether to maintain or replace legacy systems can be challenging for many businesses. Experts recommend CIOs and other IT leaders work with their executive colleagues and trusted advisors to evaluate the business thoroughly in order to decide about modernizing or maintaining legacy applications.

To read the original article, click on https://www.techtarget.com/searchcio/feature/Replacing-vs-maintaining-legacy-systems.

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