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10 Signs Your Legacy Software Needs Migration to Cloud

October 5, 2021 No Comments

Featured article by Cynthia Madison  

They say if something is not broken, then you should not bother fixing it, but this statement does not apply when it comes to a company’s IT infrastructure. Put simply, legacy software refers to outdated software that companies still use despite its limitations. 

The problem with legacy systems, even if they still function properly now, is that they limit business growth, opens your infrastructure up to security risks and keeps your operations stagnant while your competitors evolve. 

Below, we will discuss ten signs it’s time to update your legacy software and move it to the cloud. 

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1. You are concerned about data security

Nowadays, cybersecurity is at the top of the list of corporate worries, and for good reasons – no business can afford to leave its sensitive information at risk. 

Hackers are more likely to target older technology than newer equipment. It’s only a matter of time before you have a breach if your systems aren’t patched up to date. Even if your system has regular patches and upgrades, they may not be enough to stop today’s hackers from using sophisticated tools, so you should consider a system change.

2. Performance efficiency decreases

It’s quite easy to become complacent with a system or piece of software if it’s shown to be working just fine. Even if the system is sluggish or ineffective, user comfort may deter you from upgrading it. 

If not handled properly, however, sluggish systems can reduce staff productivity, slow down the entire organization, and even lead a firm to disaster. The time spent getting used to the new software is nothing compared to time lost due to lack of productivity.

3. Vendors don’t provide support anymore

If the vendor does not offer support anymore, the IT infrastructure might become unstable. In such cases, the suppliers should offer an alternate solution as well as time for their customers to seek better options.

It’s just a matter of time after a legacy system’s developer goes out of business before maintenance and software upgrades stop. If your system hasn’t received updates or service in a while, it may be time for a change.

4. There are compatibility issues

It’s very difficult to merge old technology with modern systems effectively. Integrating incompatible systems frequently results in vulnerabilities that are difficult to close, exposing your company to security threats and hindering operations. 

It’s typically best to update rather than try to cobble together pieces that weren’t designed to work in the same ecosystem. Migration to the cloud is a much less complicated process than trying to form a puzzle out of scrap pieces. And, if you are looking for a streamlined way to make this transition, putting together a cloud readiness assessment checklist can prove very helpful.

5. Outdated software does not comply with regulations

As new data regulations, such as GDPR, HIPAA, SOX, and the CCPA, to name a few, are introduced into data security fields, legacy infrastructure must guarantee that it complies, and it rarely does. 

All of these regulations demand that all companies follow them to the letter and result in serious consequences if not. It may be difficult for legacy infrastructure to keep up with all of the new rules, so you should consider an update.

6. You encounter maintenance challenges

Maintaining legacy infrastructure can be costly since users will require niched professionals to provide support. It can be difficult to get the proper expertise for older systems, plus it will be expensive to hire professionals to maintain your old system. 

The shortage of available service personnel will eventually compromise the system or cause it to fail working properly. If the maintenance process is challenging and expensive, it may be worth pouring your resources towards migrating to the cloud.

7. There are communication gaps between departments

If some departments utilize outdated systems, they can become disconnected from the rest of the company. If one department uses an old technology while the rest of the firm improves, that department risks having troubles when collaborating with other teams, or their work may not be properly integrated within the company’s systems.

This loss of business knowledge has an impact on teamwork and puts your competitive advantage in jeopardy, so it’s best that all departments transition to new technology as soon as possible.

8. It hinders business growth 

Is it difficult for your company to gain or retain competitive advantage? Your legacy system’s old technology may be holding you back and put you at risk of not being able to keep up with your competitors.

This affects not only the productivity of your team but the trust of your clients as well. Businesses are expected to want to grow and reach the everchanging standards that continue to increase as new technology arises. If you don’t do that, your clients won’t think twice before switching to one of your competitors that understand the importance of upgrading their operations.

9. You are surpassed by your competitors 

Your software’s quality is determined by its most recent release. To keep up with rising demands and keep your position in a highly competitive market, your software will need new features, functionalities, and upgrades.

Testing and regular user input are required for this work to be completed successfully. Smart algorithms may be used to observe user behavior, generate quicker feedback, and optimize software protocols as organizations transition to SaaS and become part of the cloud.

You lose your competitive advantage in the marketplace if you don’t monitor, test, and improve on a regular basis.

10. The system is simply old

If your system or software version dates back since the ancient times of technology and most experts haven’t even heard of it, it’s time to make a significant upgrade. 

With the exception of custom-developed or niche systems, which are specifically tailored to your business processes, technology that is more than four years old may have outlived its usefulness. That’s not to say custom-developed systems don’t need upgrades, but there may be certain aspects that prevent full cloud migration. 


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