Are you struggling with the limitations of your legacy applications? Are you resisting or delaying a modernization project because of these roadblocks and challenges? You are not alone.
Recent study findings by Help Systems indicate that despite the large percentage of companies that still utilize green screen applications (39%), the modernization of applications is a top priority for businesses large and small (59%). With 40% of companies citing mobile access as a key concern over the next 5-10 years, it’s no surprise.
Why are businesses so reluctant to embrace modernization? Here are five key reasons:
1. Allegiance to Legacy Systems
According to a Tech Target survey of 277 businesses conducted in the spring of 2013, nearly a third of surveyed businesses run major applications that are more than 10 years old. One fifth have at least one major application that's remained unchanged for 15 years or more.
Because many companies believe that modernization is synonymous with replacement, many are reluctant to risk reliability for the chance to gain new features.
2. Fear of Disrupting Workflows
Let’s face it—employee productivity is the lifeblood in any given business unit and many organizations believe that introducing new programs and processes creates too much confusion to be worthwhile.
In truth, most companies will find that users have actually changed how they use those legacy systems to better match today’s workflows. For example, they may now be automatically clicking through many screens to skip unwanted details or having to hunt through 4 or 5 different screens to complete a task that previously wasn’t performed. Creating an updated, intuitive interface with customized workflows tailored to current job functions will actually increase workforce productivity and efficiency by leaps and bounds. And, that time saved quickly translates into cost savings and a lower TCO for the system as a whole.
3. No Mobility Initiative
With an estimated five billion owners of mobile devices to date, today’s end users want access from anytime, anywhere to key corporate information and services. Gone are the days of having to sit in front of a desk to put in some badly needed overtime or remembering to call a company between 9 and 5. With their busy lives and schedules, users need access 24/7.
Experts agree that tying systems in with mobile devices in the workplace can increase productivity and have an immediate return on investment. In addition, providing employees with the option to work remotely can save money. Providing mobile access to legacy systems greatly extends their value and yields tremendous benefits in the long run.
4. It Will Take Too Long
Clearly IT groups do have to perform a certain amount of maintenance and enhancement work annually and most believe that working within the legacy framework is easier than having to learn something new. In reality, the upkeep of legacy systems requires companies to pick from increasingly shrinking talent force with expertise in COBOL and RPG applications. Finding and retaining such specialized talent will be difficult with each passing year.
According to App Developer Magazine, modernized systems require 80% less coding, when compared to their COBOL counterparts, thereby producing a shorter deployment time.
5. It’s Too Expensive
Continuing to invest in outdated systems without modernization is pennywise and pound-foolish. While this approach may not add to operational budgets, it doesn’t add to the value to IT systems either.
Advances in standards-based computing have actually simplified the modernization process and eliminated much of the costs previously associated with complex system integration projects. Although modernized systems does require an outlay of funds at the start, the increased productivity and efficiency typically generates a return within six month.
Clearly the concerns over modernization shouldn’t be enough to keep businesses away. Especially when the benefits are so clear – stronger alignment of IT and business goals; secure 24/7 access to key services and increased productivity across all departments.
Today, modernization is no longer a daunting task – let OpenLegacy be your guide in making the transition an easy one.