Organizations don’t like to leave their legacy system easily as there are several concerns for moving into a new platform. Latest technologies may have the features to improve their operational efficiency, but moving from one platform to another is not as simple as it seems from the top.
Further, some companies doubt whether they will be able to retain/maintain the historical data after migration, and some don’t like to shift because there is the cyclic nature of business processes that cannot be interrupted. These concerns are absolutely valid and must be dealt carefully to ensure the success of legacy system migration. Transferring data to new management systems helps improve the code and optimize the speed. By moving from an old software architecture to a new one, a business can significantly boost efficiency.
There are several reasons for migrating from old legacy systems. Sure, a new system will have some teething troubles, but by hiring a good migration solutions architect, you can make the process as smooth as possible.
Let’s look at why it makes sense to migrate old legacy systems.
1. Increased Multi-Platform Support & Portability
IT systems that were developed a decade ago were completely dependent on the platform. There was not much choice at that time, but with the evolution of Linux OS and the whole open-source movement, the world of software development has changed dramatically. As a result, software vendors tool that help build applications that can run on multiple platforms.
Portability is another factor that makes migrating from legacy systems to fresh ones a good idea. The processing needs in different department of the same company can be varied. For instance, a certain department may need more storage space in the system, while other department may need more processing speed. You need a system that work in both conditions and is capable of delivering optimum output in all conditions. You need portable IT system modules for this, and most legacy systems don’t have them.
2. Visible Better Performance
Migration and redesign aim at increasing data processing, data saving and retrieving speed. It also focuses on increasing interoperability of features and applications. Speedy performance depends on the optimum usage of hardware capabilities and migration experts help you achieve this by using the best technologies. In order to improve the performance, developers study operating system on which the application is installed; software UI of the hardware modules, technologies that access the interfaces of hardware components and much more.
3. More Efficient Applications
A decade ago, most applications were created following client-server relationship. There was a database server, and the app was installed on the user’s computer. The end user used to access data with the help of a fat client app on his workstation. If the developer needed to add new features, he had to redeploy the app on all the workstations. Now we have more powerful laptops and smartphones and most legacy systems do not have the ability to take advance to increased storage and computing power. Therefore, business can benefit from new system models.
4. Better Aesthetics for Marketing
Most legacy systems are an eyesore. The really old ones were specifically built for huge desktops with text display and limited color options. By overhauling the system, you can make it look sleek and modern. For business that are using legacy systems for client interactions or system that clients or customers can partially access, making the system look good is of vital importance from the marketing perspective.
5. Increased Processing Capability and Options
The emergence of Cloud, enterprise mobility and BYOD has had a huge impact on how business function. Most legacy systems need to be overhauled to make it possible to implement new processes that can take advantage of recent developments in information technology. Also, new business features may make it essential for a business to have a system with new processes and greater processing capability.
There are just some good reasons for migrating your legacy applications. Do you feel that your company should migrate its legacy system? What are the reasons driving your legacy migration process? Please let us know.
Boni Satani is a Java Technology Consultant working with Cygnet Infotech. Get in touch with him firstname.lastname@example.org for consultation. You can connect with him over twitter @bonirulzz