For many businesses, the term legacy modernization is somewhat scary, balanced with a touch of confusion – why would you want to modernize the applications that have built your business? This is a good question, but a better one is why wouldn’t you? While core business processes that are built on a legacy application made your business what it is today, making the changes necessary to bring those processes into the modern world can be exactly what your organization needs to grow even more. Keep reading to find out why legacy modernization makes sense for your business.
Enter the Mainframe
Your mainframe is the core of your business, whether you are running Windows, IBM i, or UNIX. If you are using legacy applications that are based in older systems, it is worth your while to consider the costs associated with them. The costs associated with running older legacy applications include software requirements, MIPS capacity and the like. A few calculations will show that for some companies, these costs can be exorbitant. Legacy modernization that includes re-hosting and updating applications can significantly lower the costs associated with increasing your mainframe capacity.
When you need assistance with your mainframe, consider who typically shows up to assist you. Very rarely do you see a young professional that understands mainframe technology. When you consider that very few universities even offer instruction in this area anymore, the problem becomes apparent – what happens when those with the knowledge you need retire? When you opt for legacy modernization, you migrate your mainframe information to a platform that provides faster, easier access. You also eliminate the need for technicians who can still speak your mainframe language, which secures your access in the future.
Take a moment to consider just how agile your legacy applications really are. Are they flexible enough to allow you to make changes and upgrades as needed? Can you extend your applications to mobile and other web devices? If not, legacy modernization will make it happen. If you cannot provide access to your applications in a way that today’s users want, how do you plan to grow your organization?
The bottom line is that while your legacy applications are an important part of your business, if they don’t allow you to reach the clients you need in the best ways possible, their usefulness may be short-lived. Take the time to find out more about legacy modernization and why it makes sense for your business by contacting us today.
About the Author: Mike Miranda
Mike Miranda is a writer and blogger for Rocket Software. He specializes in technology articles.