NMG Legacy software modernization converts, rewrites, or adapts outdated software to current programming languages, libraries, protocols, and platforms. Let our experts help you evaluate your system and determine if it should be kept, extended, or replaced based on your business goals and enterprise-level needs. The advantages of a modernized system are clear.
What Is Legacy Software Modernization?
What is Legacy Software Modernization and why should I consider it?
Legacy software modernization, also known as Software Modernization, is the evaluation of your current digital system’s software for extension or replacement in an effort to improve performance and identify areas for transformation that will improve efficiency, reduce costs, increase data consistency and allow for modeling, forecasting, and other automation.
A competitive company should be consistently updating its system to meet changing business requirements, customer expectations, and technologies. An excellent example of this is in how data, when collected correctly and in the right format, can now be easily modeled and used to predict events and forecast trends specific to your customer base. ( Ask us
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There are many reasons to modernize, from acquisitions and mergers, to simply inefficient ways of doing things that leave room for human error. The second is the primary reason to modernize; to lower costs through the elimination of manual effort. Eliminating untimely mistakes is a fantastic way to reach ROI quickly and add the benefit of real-time data that can improve services, your process, and forecasting.
How often have you heard, “The software is working just fine and still does almost everything we need it to do!” Why fix what isn’t broke? Unfortunately, the person speaking may not be aware of the unseen costs incurred. According to a report from the Whitehouse, in 2019 alone, the US Federal Government spent 80% of the IT budget on Operations and Maintenance, mainly targeting legacy systems, (which they noted) posed cybersecurity and mission risks.
Hidden Costs Of Legacy Software.
One of the issues with Legacy systems is that they are often enormous and interwoven into many locations. Changing just one module can create conflicts and bring down the entire system. Besides this common issue, because they are so vast, making simple updates can take hours of resource time and often results in a workaround that is by no means an actual fix. Legacy systems are expensive to maintain, and adjusting to new requirements can open up a can of worms.
If your business requires integration with a new API to stay relevant and satisfy a need, no matter if it is internal or external, most legacy systems will not play nicely and often requires a significant amount of custom coding. Add the fact that this is still not a guarantee it will work correctly, usually results in poor user experience, and often leads to legal compliance regulation issues, and you have a mess on your hands. Did I say compliance? With the rise of lawsuits for accessibility issues, this one has become essential in your considerations.
According to a Fujitsu Survey report, among the primary digital transformation drivers of business growth and competitiveness, greater efficiency and cost reduction are numbers one and two. By considering your options and ensuring that your system is integrated with other departments, your data becomes a valuable resource and assists growth. If you can’t grow and do what you have determined is necessary to improve your business, you are hamstrung, especially when competing with other companies in your same industry. (source)
Answer These Questions To Find Out If Your Applications Meet Todays Standards!
Converting complex and critical business operations into simple, user-friendly, processes that provide data in a form that is important to every aspect of your company is the first step in growth. Whether you are moving cash, collecting content, or compiling a catalogue accessible to venders around the world, every touch, transaction, and input provides data that can help forecast the unexpected, highlight patterns, and predict outcomes. From marketing to the highest levels of leadership and research, a well designed application pays for itself and impacts your future.
Ask Yourself These Questions…
Question Group #1:
- Is key information in our reports automatically kept up to date?
- Could we automate some of the process currently being done manually?
- Is communication with customers and their status jeopardized by the current system?
- Have we reached any system limitations that impact our ability to expand?
- Is the current system becoming a burden on time and treasure?
- Are you still using spreadsheets to organize your data?
Let NMG experts help you evaluate your system and determine if it should be kept, extended, or replaced based on your business goals and enterprise-level needs, so the advantages of any changes are clear. Converting, rewriting or porting of outdated software to current programming languages, libraries, protocols, and platforms is one of our consultant’s areas of expertise.
Question Group #2:
- Is your data being collected in the right format for predictive modeling?
- Could the compiling of various steps into one automated system save time?
- Are their manual steps that could be automated currently in our process?
- Could other departments benefit from instant access to your data?
- Is the current system becoming apt to human error?
- Are you currently implementing any workarounds to make the system work?
You may be currently utilizing a SaaS system and discovering the hidden costs, increases in pricing that are out of your control, or aspects of the software that you would like to add but cannot. Add the homogenization of your brand and you have Software-as-a-Service. Or, you realize that the various systems in your organization do not speak as one and are inefficient. We can help you get exactly what you need.
Question Group #3:
- Is your current system’s dashboard and interface difficult to navigate?
- Could your current system leave the company open to an accessibility lawsuit?
- Is it possible your company’s software does not meet CA’s new privacy requirements?
- Do you still develop for a single release rather than in sprints that get the product out sooner?
- Do you need an experienced ScrumMaster that can help your team move forward faster?
- Have you ever done a project using Agile with an experienced Agile lead?
If your customers and employees find it difficult to navigate your dashboards and interface you stand to loose out against the competition, find it difficult to retain good talent, and see a drop in repeat business. NMG will bring a full stack team in, including UI/UX design and ScrumMaster, clearly define what is necessary to meet your objectives, and achieve your requirements.
If you answered any of these questions with a “Yes,” have NMG come in and evaluate your system, and provide a range of pathways to a solution.