Have you inherited outdated applications? Or, have you known for a few years that time was up on your legacy software but enhancing it hasn’t been a top priority?
Regardless of how your current situation came to be, the thought of tackling any major upgrade or migration can be intimidating. The fear of breaking a business-critical application can paralyse an organisation. However, if managed effectively, downtime could be minimal, and your business could be released from the shackles of the countless workarounds you’ve become accustomed to. Updating and maintaining your legacy applications will both enhance your organisation’s efficiency and ultimately, increase profitability too.
1. IT efficiency and business effectiveness
Depending on the application, even the smallest bug could have a widespread impact across multiple business functions and processes. These processes become more complex as an organisation grows and interacts with a greater number of stakeholders. A slow legacy application can have a knock-on effect across all linked processes. By forcing employees to make do with outdated software, you’re not getting the most from them. The organisation may continue to waste valuable time and resources, not to mention the cost and risk of not modernising your legacy estate.
Trying to run new tools or add new functions to an existing business software package can often cause several complications. Old systems will require an excessive amount of custom-code or lengthy workarounds to enable basic functionality. In many cases, efforts are wasted because coupling new and old systems can fail in establishing any compatibility.
Integration with multiple apps and tools is desirable to keep track of essential business events such as end-to-end customer journeys. By putting your full suite of applications on an equal platform moving forward, you can take your legacy applications with you.
3. Hardware dependency and increasing cost
Legacy applications that are destined for cloud migration incur incredible hardware and maintenance costs. The savings of moving to the cloud cannot be ignored. Exception’s Cloud storage services can help your business by:
- Reducing operational costs by 16%
- Driving down total IT spending by 15%
- Minimising IT maintenance costs by 17%*
Moving internal applications to a container model can reduce the need for support teams and architects to focus on minor upgrades and legacy issues.
Standardisation means speed. Faster development. Faster testing. And, easier, faster scalability. In a world where IT increasingly drives competitiveness, Docker containers are the path to being more responsive and delivering value to employees and customers sooner. There are even greater benefits: because Docker’s system is so extensive, it’s future-proofed to seamlessly adopt new technologies.
Gartner and other advisory firms have acknowledged that old IT assets are often overlooked and can turn out to be a major source of cyber-security vulnerability. They’re termed as EOL or End-of-life assets for a reason – they’re no longer fit for purpose. If your organisations doesn’t identify and neutralise the potential threat from these assets, there will always be a chance of a security breach. The key is to secure control of the environment and the ability to audit every step in the process. Docker containers are more secure than other approaches with, arguably, the smallest footprint for attack vectors out there.
Where do I start when improving my legacy application estate?
If the alarm bells are ringing, remember that any investment in upgrading out-of-date software will improve efficiency and save your organisation money in the long run. There are several routes to go down; if committing 100% to the cloud is a point of concern then there are hybrid options available. Containerisation is a lightweight approach that can save storage and provide a high level of portability. We highly recommend this approach.
One form of driving efficiency is utilising our Modernising Traditional Applications (MTA) service, to transform expensive and difficult to maintain applications into efficient, secure, and portable modern apps – able to run on-premise, or be ready to move completely to full public or private cloud solutions. All application modernisation projects require rigorous planning and outsourcing the migration to a 3rd party tends to be the most cost-effective way to manage this process.
Exception has a wealth of experience upgrading legacy systems across the Financial, Energy and Public Sectors and driving end-to-end digital transformation programs. As an Authorised Value Added Reseller partner with Docker, we’re acknowledged for delivering stellar application modernisation projects. Ready to consider your next steps or how to approach how to update your legacy applications?
By Alasdair Hendry, Head of Transformation & Consulting
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