Earlier this year, the State of the CIO 2019 report revealed the priorities, challenges and concerns set to shape the next twelve months in the world of IT. Although it paints a picture of a landscape less hindered by tight budgets and more receptive to cloud adoption, other technology woes – which potentially have a greater impact on business stability and growth – have taken their place.
C-suite executives and IT teams down on the ground say that they’re most likely to be kept up at night worrying about:
- New and emerging cybersecurity risks
- Slow digital transformation and innovation
- Poor agility or badly integrated agile solutions
- Productivity tech that isn’t fit for purpose or the digital native workforce
- Data protection and remaining compliant
When reading the report, we couldn’t help but notice the connection between these issues and a certain IT bugbear that we’re confronted with all too often – legacy technology. Legacy IT is a common underlying cause of cyberattack, poor productivity and stagnant competitiveness, so we’re inclined to advise businesses to check the age and end-of-life dates for all IT infrastructure before addressing any of the above concerns.
Of course, every business is different and the basis for persisting legacy will vary from company to company. However, regardless of reason or rationale, the risks of running outdated systems or software don’t differentiate.
It’s our opinion that legacy tech represents one of the largest challenges to businesses today – and even more so for the CIOs and IT teams tasked with phasing out the old and successfully bringing in the new. Software engineers have described transitioning from deep-entrenched legacy tech as comparable to “having to replace not your car’s tyre, but its entire frame, while it’s in motion”, which sums up just how seriously things can escalate.
When original legacy is still in place and new systems have been written around and on top of it, the legacy becomes almost fossilised within IT infrastructure and causes substantial complexities when the time comes to upgrade. Equally so, the risk of cyberattack, data breach, reduced productivity and expensive knee-jerk investments increases the longer you stick with your trusty old system.
This is all evidence that businesses should be as proactive as possible with upgrades and digital transformation and take decisive action as soon as end-of-life dates are announced, or technology becomes incapable of integration. We appreciate that this is no straightforward task, so if you need advice or recommendations, why not book a consultancy session with an expert? To find out what we offer, please click here. Or if you need urgent help, pick up the phone on 0844 579 0800