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Why Most Legacy Upgrades Fail: Four Areas to Scope Out in Your Company

Keeping up with technology curve can become a chore when you depend on legacy systems to maintain your business. When your team is used to doing things the same for so long, making legacy upgrades becomes nearly impossible.

It’s still possible. Yet, a lot of legacy upgrades fail due to not thinking about specific strategies and how it affects people in your company.

Take a look at these four areas to scope out so you don’t create major downtime in 2019 upgrading your legacy technologies.

1. Not Thinking About Proper Integration

As Forbes notes, integration is one of the biggest potential failures with legacy upgrades. Don’t assume a new piece of technology is going to automatically integrate well with a system you’ve used for years.

What’s most important is to do your homework before you consider new software or apps to see if they’re going to integrate well. Some do and many others don’t, depending on how old your current systems are.

In these cases, sometimes it’s better to just stick with something new rather than run the risk of an integration leading to slowdowns. Even when you think integration will go well, something unexpected could happen, leading to downtime at the worst possible moments.

To prevent delays, it’s perhaps better to use the newer technology as a whole rather than integrate.

2. The Danger of Losing Data

Another big legacy upgrade failure is the loss of data that often occurs when upgrading old technologies. The key here, of course, is to back up all your data as much as you can before doing any upgrading.

It’s still astonishing how many businesses still don’t bother to back up data just because they think it’s safe in their legacy database system. Don’t assume it’s safe there. Transitioning to something new can sometimes wipe data, or at least in part.

Even losing a small fraction of your data could disrupt your business exponentially for months to come. Use the cloud or other backup sources before you integrate with something new.

3. Not Adhering to the Younger Generation

CIO notes that not having enough talent to uphold use of your legacy systems can become a big problem without being forced to do something different.

Think about the Millennial workforce and how they’re likely landing jobs in your company. Will they be able to use your legacy systems after an upgrade occurs? A lot of Millennials may find those technologies a bit generic and feel like they don’t provide enough challenges.

This is why you have to connect your legacy systems with the abilities of your current team. If you can integrate well and still modernize without losing the fundamental core of your older technologies, perhaps the transition can work.

Balancing all of this takes more work than you might think. Take time to strategize or risk a legacy upgrade failure, including maybe losing your key Millennial employees.

4. Your Older Workers Are Used to the Older Technology

Attachment to the legacy systems you’ve used can become an even bigger problem, particularly if you’ve used them for a couple of decades. It only takes a few months for employees to make these technologies a part of their work lives.

After a decade or two, you can imagine how attached many of your older workers are to the legacy systems you’ve maintained. A major failure in upgrading is possibly based on this.

To amend the problem, you’ll want to inspire your employees on how something new can help their work schedules. Presenting demos of how an upgrade can streamline their work patterns, they’ll feel more comfortable going through training.

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