How to deal with legacy systems

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The legacy system you’ve got to deal with is where the costs and risks are higher than the value. However, many IT leaders don’t make those calculations until they run into problems and subsequently find they’re facing one of three problems: The system costs too much to run, it no longer supports business needs and/or it requires technology or skills that are hard to find.

 

Moving from outdated applications and systems to newer models is frequently a complex, high-risk exercise but one required for gaining the agility, cost-savings and improved user experiences that IT leaders are expected to deliver.  Application modernization can be a time-consuming and costly initiative, but ultimately, it also can slash expenses and streamline tasks. Integration problems and mismatched skills are typical of the challenges legacy infrastructure can present. Companies are turning to agile development techniques in order to increase efficiency and bring new products to market faster.  They’re leaving non-relational databases behind, using data warehousing to get more intelligence from core applications.  Many companies are now turning to cloud, big data and collaboration.  Companies are looking for something new to increase competitive advantage and save money.

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