A legacy system is like a skeleton in your closet – what happens if you do nothing about it?
A legacy system is like a skeleton in your closet – it’s your past you’d rather not talk about and leave it alone. And for a while, this strategy works just perfectly: ignoring a legacy system is almost like making it disappear. Almost. Till the moment comes when something crashes, when a new patch is needed, when the small user group that is actually working with it can’t access it anymore, and an audit is scheduled for the next month (because misery loves company). So here are a couple of more reasons why the “do nothing” option when it comes to legacy system is not really an option:
Legacy systems cost money
Legacy systems come up on your bill every month – you pay for servers, for maintenance, and for man-days. There are also costs that are more difficult to estimate, such as impaired agility which leads to loosing business opportunities and competitive edge.
Legacy systems are no longer supported (and this comes with risks)
It’s like with Windows 95 – we all loved it and it was all we had, but its days have passed. Like Microsoft stopped issuing updates for it years ago, your legacy system is also no longer supported and you need your own people to take care of it. And hold them dearly, because they are just few people who know how to deal with old technology that was customized to your specific business needs so many times.
Legacy systems slow down your key projects
Legacy systems limit your time and funds that you could devote to modernizing your IT landscape and adopting new technologies. Take a closer look at your budget and resources for this year, and check how much of it you could invest into running new projects rather than maintenance of legacy systems – the numbers might shock you! According to the DSAG survey, around 80 percent of the total IT budget is used up by IT operations, while only 20 percent is available for investments in innovations. And a big chunk of it is being used by that legacy system everyone turns a blind eye on
The data privacy issues
According to the survey conducted by Dell, 91% of business leaders are facing major hurdles to digital transformation and the number one obstacle are data privacy and security concerns. One third of them doesn’t trust their organization to comply with legal regulations or to safeguard customer data. And some of personal data sits in legacy systems – that’s why it is so important to move it to a safe storage, put it on legal hold if needed, and destroy it when necessary.
Time to pull out the plug
It’s time to mercifully pull out the plug on your legacy system – this decision will help you cut costs and risks. And to make it even easier, you don’t have to do it on your own. Reach out to our experts who will take care of it with a guaranteed return of investment. If you would like to learn more, check out our decommissioning software OutBoard DataFridge or watch out latest webinar on SAP system decommissioning: