Legacy Systems: Modernization without Tears
Thursday, September 19 2019
All companies have legacy systems, and all of your current systems will one day become antiquated. Some estimates suggest that 78% of all enterprise systems can be classified as “legacy” in some way. But what should you know before you modernize your legacy system? We’ve done this work frequently at Tandem, and we want to share the knowledge of what you should know before jumping in, because there are complexities, considerations, and caveats to getting started. Here’s a few things you should keep in mind:
- There’s two ways you should look at modernizing your legacy system. What is being done tactically and what is being done strategically?
- Legacy systems =/= legacy process. You don’t have to keep doing things the way you’ve always done them because the previous system dictated so. Additionally, this may require some “training” of your users to expect more and not operate solely on compromises.
- An iterative process will serve you best, as will a cross-functional team. Many perspectives lead to better, stronger solutions.