Companies are facing a dilemma of whether to instill modern business tech or modernize legacy systems. In fact, many business officials are not clear about what constitutes legacy systems. These systems are computer hardware and software that are out of date but still in use. There are several reasons why enterprises do not retire legacy apps. One of the main reasons is that the company has already spent a good amount of resources on the existing systems. The other reason is that legacy systems impact a wide range of business functions and operations. In his article for SHRM, Lin Grensing-Pophal shares why you should retire legacy apps and how it will impact your firm.
Why You Should Retire Legacy Apps
Pieter Vaniperen, the managing partner at PWV Consultants, mentions that it is essential for every business to adapt to digital transformation. Before implementing modern tech, business officials should ask the following questions:
Are my existing legacy systems hindering the flexibility of my workforce management?If I retire legacy apps, will it enhance the flexibility of my benefit offerings?Is my organization providing practical tools to the workforce that improves overall work productivity?
How to Conclude Legacy Effectively
Ruling out legacy systems just because they are old will not make a compelling argument when discussing it with senior officials. It is crucial to create a context for the implementation of modern tech. When you aspire to retire legacy apps, ensure your focus on business objectives rather than technical objectives. The main concern of incorporating new tech systems is to upscale your workforce productivity and company revenue. If your stakeholders and C-suite officials are still not opting for modern tech, focus on other options. Discuss the possible repercussions on your business operations if legacy tech is not combined with modern systems.
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