Benefits of moving away from legacy systems
There are still a lot of companies out in the wild that are continuing to have doubts and questions about having their existing infrastructure or applications moved from legacy systems to a cloud-based platform instead. The matter of cost is of course the largest benefit of cloud computing. Cloud-based systems are naturally more beneficial because there are no physical hardware investments beyond the existing equipment already in place, and there is no need for trained personnel to maintain that hardware – not for the company making the move, at least as that end of the operation is handled entirely by the provider.
Costs aside, many business executives and IT managers still have unresolved reservations about moving their data and functions to a third-party location.
The majority of these reservations revolve around the ideas of flexibility, control, availability, service quality and the two bigger issues facing every organisation: general system security and long-term data security. These are legitimate concerns, there is no denying that, but the advantages of cloud-based computing far outweigh the perceived concerns.
Legacy systems and loyalty
Loyalty is an admirable quality, especially in business, but applying this to outdated systems could be holding your organisation back. There is a relatively new term that has spread throughout the business world and across industries: Legacy systems. Legacy systems refer to those systems that have been in operation for some time with little to no advancements in terms of moving to ‘new ways of doing things’.
Traditional banks, for example, could be referred to as being legacy systems when talking about online-only banks. A legacy bank has some advantages over the newer online-only banks, but these are overshadowed by the drawbacks that online solutions counter. Other business types are no different and business process insights mean we can understand your base functions and migrate those.
There is a strong need to move past outdated systems
Many organisations argue that the legacy systems they are currently using are just as relevant and useful now as they were when they first started using them. The problem with this is that the technology they use has become obsolete.
Think of the computer systems that cannot have updated software because the hardware cannot support the new versions. Microsoft as an example has now dropped support for Windows 7, yet organisations all over the world cannot use anything else because that is all their systems support.
With the above being the case, and more obstacles besides, is there any real reason to not upgrade and make use of intelligent migration to take your data and functionality to AI-driven cloud platforms?
There are several other reasons why legacy systems replacement makes sense:
- The cost of maintaining a system could eventually outstrip the cost of replacement
- Maintaining and expanding systems becomes difficult due to the lack of understanding of how older systems run
- The lack of security patches with older systems means increased susceptibility to security issues
- New systems may not integrate properly, or easily, with older technologies and would be an expensive solution in any case.
The choice that is left to organisations then is either to stay with the existing legacy systems they already use and hope that they don’t fall behind in meeting their customers’ and clients’ expectations or move to cloud-based infrastructure that can also help you to develop your business.
Taking your business processes to the cloud
If you are concerned that maybe your particular business or industry may not be suitable for this brave new world, you need not worry. If for example, you depend on servers such as AS/400 then our AS400 AI trained model is capable of taking over those tasks that you may have needed to have completed on your mainframe.
Many processes can make use of intelligent automation, such as bookings, appointments, and many processes are even speeded up when using our trained AI model. It has been shown in the fact that many processes are shortened as much as 10 – 25% by training our AI with data gleaned from business process insights and then making suggestions.
If are in the process of deciding on replacing a legacy system then you may not need a total ‘tear it up and throw it out’ solution. Instead, service-oriented architecture (SOA) may be your thing. Service-oriented architecture allows organisations to introduce new processes in stages. Incremental adoption could be seen by companies as being a lower risk strategy.
That said, there are some scenarios where a total and immediate replacement of legacy systems will be a requirement, not an option. This will be the case where the older systems just cannot support the essential technologies.
Any industry that relies on connectivity, data collation and analysis can have its processes complemented and enhanced by cloud solutions. Get in touch with us today lets see how Pivot Cloud Solutions can help move your business forward.