Legacy Systems Modernization Requires Relevant Expertise and a Clear Roadmap

Legacy Systems Modernization Requires Relevant Expertise and a Clear Roadmap

First, Why Fix Legacy Systems if they aren’t Broken?

That’s a commonsense question. When your legacy software is still able to attend to most of the tasks, why risk changing it and spend time, effort and money on modernizing it?

The answer lies in OPPORTUNITY costs. Opportunity costs are costs of lost opportunity, costs of NOT doing something.

OPPORTUNITY COSTS OF NOT MOVING FROM LEGACY SYSTEMS

  • LOST BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Modern hardware and software have immensely more power and execute tasks at a fraction of the time. They also do things legacy systems could never do, such as generating new insights into what is going on. The time savings and better informed decisions could help you tap business opportunities like never before
  • MAINTENANCE COSTS & RISKS: The time, effort and money needed to maintain legacy systems are quite high. And these code-heavy, monolithic systems run the risk of malfunctioning if you make a tweak at one place that has unexpected consequences elsewhere
  • LACK OF SUPPORT: Skilled people are moving to modern systems that offer better career prospects. No support person might be available even at high rates when you need a critical update. You might also not get skilled persons for training in old systems and work with you!

 

THE BROAD APPROACH

  • Where the legacy systems have become dysfunctional, or subject to heavy security threats, it might be better to build a modern system from scratch to replace the legacy system completely. You might run the two systems in parallel until the new system has proven dependable.
  • Where the legacy systems are reasonably functional, you might replace these in a step-by-step manner, avoiding major disruptions. However, this could mean that the potential of improving business processes might not be taken advantage of. The new systems might continue supporting the same old business processes

MODERNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

  • You have to make a detailed study of existing system to identify its functionality and the interrelationships involved.
  • Decide which functionalities to retain and which to change, depending on their relevance in current environment, and the additional potential offered by new technologies.
  • One feature of modern systems is the much better user interface/user experience (UI/UX). Better UI/UX could improve productivity and work quality. Opportunities for improving UI/UX are explored during the modernization process
  • Modern systems allow for integration of functionalities by using APIs. Many tasks can be carried out with third party solutions built with the APIs and it is less expensive and more effective to integrate these proven solutions rather than reinvent the wheel by doing things from scratch
  • Compliance requirements are constantly increasing and legacy systems might not have been built to handle all these (and hence the requirements might be attended to manually). During modernization, these are built into the systems.

12th Wonder started operations in 2012 with a team of experienced IT professionals familiar with modern systems. The team has been helping clients to move traditional applications to the web, and have also developed products like TITAN and ATD MANAGER for the automotive industry, WONDER HEALTH for pharmaceutical representatives and LOCALIZER for true localization (instead of just translation).

Recently, the company has started a new division for delivering RPA (Robotic Process Automation) services that can reduce costs of back office operations while at the same time improving the quality of work.

The company has its headquarters in California and has offices in Japan, India and Africa.With its extensive experience of IT systems, and familiarity with modern developments, 12th Wonder is in an ideal position to help with Legacy Systems Modernization.

 

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