Published: 5 July 2021

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Legacy technology is not simply technology which is no longer in usand/or old.  In fact, in many organisations, they are still very much a part of the IT infrastructure. 

But it is known as ‘legacy when it is: 

  • no longer able to be purchased
  • based on outdated technology 
  • out of support from the supplier 
  • and difficult, or impossible, to update 

So, in fact, we’re not just talking about 40-year old tech here; systems which are only a few years old could be considered legacy! 

Today one of the significant reasons why organisations make the move to the Cloud is to decommission these legacy platforms in order to move to a modern workplace. 

But for a lot of organisations, the timing just isn’t right, there’s a fear of change, and the technology is working just finefor now.   

So, when is it time to say goodbye to your legacy platforms and welcome in the Cloud 

  • We don’t have money to burn 

Did you know as much as 80% of  IT budgets is spent on legacy maintenance? We’re talking millions of pounds here of ‘technical debt’ on systems which could be decades old. Such technology can be unstable and if support has stopped from the supplier, it becomes aexpensive undertaking when something goes wrong. The time has come to think about switching off when the cost of maintaining this old technology is even greater than replacing it with new solutions would be.  

  • Governance and security issues 

Clearly when support for technology ceases, it can become risky business. An unpatched issue leaves an organisation more vulnerable to attack, particularly worrying when so much personal and sensitive information is held on citizens. There are serious repercussions if something goes wrong and the time has come to think about decommissioning when your system is at risk of being compromised.  

  • Productivity is not what it used to be 

Over time performance becomes slower (the same could be said for old age!) Therefore, the longer organisations hold on to such systems, the more productivity is affected. Slow performance is felt organisation-wide and day-to-day users become frustrated. A move to the Cloud means users can work from anywhere and collaborate using data which is now accessible and searchable. The time has come to think about retiring technology when it is becoming inefficient and no longer keeping up the pace. 

  • They’re a barrier to transformation 

We don’t need to tell you about the difficulty of analysing the Public Sector’s greatest asset – data – on legacy technology.  More and more, organisations are realising they need to unlock the potential of the data they hold for a better citizen experience, but clearly outdated technology is an obstacle. The time has come to migrate when the gap is simply getting bigger between your systems and the current trends and customer demands.  

There comes a point when legacy systems no longer provide any value and they’re only there because it’s the norm.  Is this true in your organisation?

If you’re considering retiring your legacy systems but worried you might face some challenges, we’re hosting a webinar Retire or Retain: Unpicking the blockers of coming off legacy systems on 8th July 2021.  Join us this Thursday to have all your questions answered on this pressing matter within the Public Sector.