As startling as it may sound, many people still use old and outdated technology. They use it despite the constant threat of data leakage, security breach, and loss of information. There are many examples of threats from obsolete technology. People still have Windows 7 applications running on Windows 8. Legacy applications and systems are still at play in different organizations, whether small, medium, or big. The primary reason why companies still rely on outdated applications is their familiarity with stakeholders. However, one cannot forgo and turn a blind eye to the risks of these aging solutions. The damages could be huge in terms of information loss and whatnot.
In this article, we will discuss why legacy applications are being used and why companies insist on using them despite modernized technology. But first, we will see what really falls in the category of the legacy system.
An obsolete, outdated, aged, and old computer system, programming language, operating system, software application, process, tool, methodology, or technology is called a legacy system. These outdated systems are hard to maintain, replace, and update. Some even refuse to undergo any change. However, it does not mean that it is unusable or completely useless. The fact that many companies are using them makes them essential and highly usable. While using legacy applications, you will surely come across issues at different intervals because of the aging solutions.
Here are some reasons why these systems or applications are still in use.
1. They Work Well Enough
The proverb “if it isn’t broken, there is no need to fix it” fits the definition of the legacy application. Companies are insistent on still using obsolete technology because it works well for them. When the business started its operation decades ago, they were using these custom-made technical legacy apps. The outdated system worked for them for the accomplishment of goals and objectives, so the companies continue to use them. They find the old solutions more reliable and exclusive. Little do these companies know that legacy software can cause more damage than benefits because they only incur costs for maintenance and usage.
2. Application Modernization Could be Challenging for the IT Team
Older systems and application modernization have different algorithms and ways of operating. Their algorithm and back-end operations are no longer in use or common. So, converting them into something new or modernizing them is not an easy task. It could be quite challenging. The internal IT team is well not familiar with old algorithms and back-end workings.
3. Modernization is Time-Taking and Expensive
Software updates and upgrades often require validation, compliance, and permission protocols. This applies to most software that is equally critical to the customers and company. The certification, approvals, validation, compliance, and permission grants for modernization could be time-demanding and incur a high cost. So, the companies choose to stick with whatever they have as long as it works for them, even with glitches and issues.
4. Fear of the Unknown
The most common reason many companies refuse to switch and modernize is the fear of uncertainty and the unknown. There is always a risk and reason for modernization not working in favor of a company. Companies fear that modernization will worsen the condition or complicate the technology beyond their control and understanding. Technical defects are also very common, so company owners are reluctant to change. Also, with so many innovations and apps available in the market, people can easily be bewildered by the plethora of information that they try to stay away from all the hassle. Companies are not sure how the new system would pan out.
Sometimes switching tools, processes, and systems can be disruptive to the organization. Transition or modernization is followed by downtime and escalating cost, and loss of productivity. So, people refrain from making fundamental changes. But all these changes certainly do not mean we refuse to deploy or learn something new. Everything takes time. Perfection will come, and output will reflect when the time and efforts are right.