IT Governance

Tips to Decide When to Part Ways with Your Legacy Technology

It is unbelievable but IT professionals too have a dilemma when it comes to legacy technology usage. Throwing away old technologies too early or too late is not financially viable. In this article at Dataversity, Leon Adato provides tips to decide when to part ways with your legacy technology.

Doing Away with Legacy Technology

To understand when you can pull the plug on your legacy technology, you must have answers for the following questions:

Are You Afraid to Lose? Companies invest hugely on IT infrastructure and letting go of one legacy technology is undeniably going to incur a cost. So, leaders and project managers try to use systems optimally. To know if your company systems can still cope with today’s innovative technologies, ask yourself the following:

  • Is the original purpose behind investing in this technology still important for the business?
  • Can the existing technology still add the expected value for those goals?

If the answer is yes for both, go for the new software.

Is It Incurring More Cost? The older the technologies the more technical support they need. The majority of the times the vendors have stopped updating the software and you are patching it up with in-house support. Ask yourself the following questions then:

  • Are your expenses increasing per personalization attempt?
  • Are you planning out workarounds more?

If your answer is yes for both, talk to the stakeholders regarding a replacement.

Is the Old Tech Just a Black Sheep Now? Companies globally are rejecting their legacy technology to stay relevant in the market. The problem is some senior professionals have built their careers working on these systems. They have gone up the ladder too. So, coupled with budget constraints, SMB managers overextend the usage of these systems. Create a proof of concept to demonstrate stakeholders how the old systems are stagnating growth. Identify the issues members are facing with the old system. To get their buy-ins, find a new solution that solves most of these problems.

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