There are certain important questions that every business needs to think about and answer. That is “Are you running unsupportable software and hardware systems that cost more to maintain than replace?”

If your system breaks tomorrow, would you be able to replace it without major disruption?
Do you have a system that only one person developed, understands, and maintains?” If your answer is “yes” to any of the questions, it is time to retire your legacy software systems – that wasn’t built for a digital world.

You are not alone if you can admit that a critical business application is being run on old hardware or that your application is on the verge of a breakdown and the manufacturer is now obsolete. Just because your system has fully depreciated does not mean it is in your best interest to keep it. Outdated systems could cost you thousands in catchup maintenance fees and costs to do an upgrade to the latest supported version. 

It is likely costing you thousands if you can resonate with these key factors:

  • Information is hard to find:
    If you find yourself going to multiple places to compile the information you need and cannot house that information on a dashboard, it is time to upgrade.
    Chances are that if you struggle to find key information, so are others and you are all very likely to be missing out on important information that will paint a relevant picture of what is going on in your business.
    If your reporting is not intuitive, what other data are you missing?
  • Simple changes are not simple:
    When the software is not customizable to meet the needs of your business, it is wasting time and resources for those who need to make changes within the software.
    Do not waste money on trying to change the platform you’re working on, get something that fits the business and its needs.
  • Your systems do not integrate:
    Integration is big in helping smooth out your processes and automating workflows.
    You should not have to manually enter information from one system to the next or pay thousands for a specialized consultant when a custom integrates needs updating, or needs additions made.
  • Staff cannot access it remotely:
    With the recent pandemic, business resiliency and continuity have become the main topic of discussion and one thing that was not thought about until disaster struck, was the need to use the application remotely.

Why should you change your software?

  • Proprietary:
    Many legacy applications are built around proprietary, single-vendor tools that include everything from a unique programming language to methodologies and management tools whereas modern applications are easier. 
  • Expensive:
    Maintaining the retired software has become more expensive than replacing it.
  • Lack of understanding:
    Expanding and maintaining systems can be difficult because of a lack of understanding about their running.
  • Vulnerability:
    Older systems are more vulnerable and are a threat to security and this can put the system at risk of being compromised.
  • Modernization offers ease:
    Modern systems and software offer faster and efficient ways of management.
    It is time-saving and cost-saving and to be in business it is crucial to be updated with the technology.

This was all about why you need to consider upgrading and what are its positive attributes. To conclude, if you face complexity and problems like difficulty in integration, access, and finding data, it might be high time you need to consider upgrading your systems and applications.

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