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Why Holding onto Your Legacy Software is Hurting Your Growth

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If the thought of replacing your legacy software causes you stress—you’re not alone. In fact, legacy applications are one of the most difficult issues IT faces—and for good reason. A rip and replace approach can be expensive and tends to interrupt business. But if you hold on to it for too long, it can outlive its welcome and cause poor performance throughout your organization. Or worse. As months and years go by—the problem that was once small becomes serious and harder to fix.

Aside from a laundry list of challenges, here’s a look at the main reasons it makes sense to migrate legacy systems:

1. Lack of flexibility

Older systems often can’t run new software or tie into cloud-based applications. This keeps your organization crawling at the speed of your technology, rather than advancing towards it.

2. Difficult to find developers

Many younger developers aren’t trained to manage older, legacy systems. Why? Because that’s not where the money is. The longer you keep your legacy system around, the more difficult it will become to migrate in the future.

3. Cost

It’s much cheaper running in the cloud. Even though there may be significant up-front costs associated with legacy software migration, you’ll end up saving a considerable amount in the long-run.

4. Internal resources

How many dedicated employees do you have solely committed to making sure your legacy systems run smoothly? And more importantly, what could you do with that headcount if your software was managed in the cloud? These opportunity costs can stunt business growth. On the other hand, freeing up employee time to pursue innovation can help you move the needle forward.

These are just a few reasons you should consider when contemplating migrating your old legacy systems. Sure, a new solution might have some teething troubles, but if you hire a good migration architect, you can make the process a seamless one.

Contact DIO-soft today to see how we can help you upgrade your legacy apps to modern, scalable solutions.