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Why Most Legacy Upgrades Fail and How to Ensure They Succeed

The lifeline of technology is a crucial concept in the world of innovation and development. Many businesses that rely on legacy systems become constrained when it is necessary to have and use legacy upgrades.

Companies, therefore, have to tailor their upgrades to be specific on impacts on the company’s performance and human resource.

Some of the areas that would be great to look at to ensure smooth and efficient upgrade of legacy technologies in 2019 going forward are:

1. Potential Failures During Legacy Upgrades and Integrations

When upgrading your legacy platforms, Forbes identifies integration as a potential failure. A legacy technology upgrade will not automatically and seamlessly integrate with a company’s operations. Realistically, you need to evaluate and profile your software or apps in regards to the update to find ways of improving the efficiency of integrating. The goal, therefore, should not be to force it to work. Because some don’t integrate well.

Instead of risking downtime, and under such circumstance, it is a significant consideration to avoid integrating systems as that could lead to an unanticipated slowdown.

Slowdowns can be avoided by only using the new technology as a whole instead of integrating with an old system. Not all integrated technology suits the specific needs and operations of a business or an organization. Sometimes adopting a new technology instead of integrating is the best option. It makes monitoring easier instead of spending time and resources, identifying which of the components causes the disruption.

2. Risk of Data Loss

Even with backup and restore options available, legacy upgrades have a common failure in loss of data.

A precaution should be taken to ensure the data is backed up before the upgrade is done. The productivity of a business is dependent on how significantly it can avoid disruptions; when data is lost, the more significant issue may be the company’s reputation and image.

Business can be affected and disrupted when data is lost during the upgrade, and this can have long term projections. Backup options such as cloud and external drives can be considered. Loss of data during an upgrade can be caused by accidental deletion or unintended errors that may arise during the upgrade. It is not always that this happens, but it is still possible.

3. Company’s Workforce Profile and Characteristics

A company needs to check the compatibility of the new technology with their current team. The transition should be handled well to maintain the essentials of the previous technology.

According to CIO, leading organizations find unique ways to make customer and workers interactions more meaningful, seamless, and faster by humanizing the digital experience.

For instance, an upgrade may be required to account for the new millennial workforce who can easily connect with the technology. The company can train its team to harmonize issues that may arise with the integration. During the upgrade, many employers tend to find it difficult dealing with the shift and transition. To boost morale and foster successful adaptation, companies can conduct an internal survey to use relevant information obtained from the employers to enforce smooth transitioning.

4. Attachment to Legacy Upgrades

Legacy technology, having been used by a company for a long time, become a natural part of workers lives. They get deeply attached to them such that when an upgrade if a new technology is rolled out, their productivity may be disrupted and adversely affected.

Companies can, therefore, demonstrate to their workers how the technology can help streamline their schedules through internal training and workshops. Legacy technologies are a vital part of any organization’s culture. Therefore, any change targeting integration or complete overhaul should factor in employee responses and how they effect the company.

Learn More About Legacy Upgrades

If you would like to learn more about how your company can upgrade successfully, please contact us to speak to one of our technology consultants.

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