Spring Ahead: Keeping the IT House in OrderMarch 19, 2020
Now that the long frigid months of winter have passed, spring is the time to open the windows, sweep away the cobwebs, and start anew. While most IT leaders would agree that keeping the IT house in order is very much a year-round effort, spring brings a reminder to pull out the white gloves and take a closer look for any technical debt hiding in the dusty corners. And your first order of business should be re-assessing your legacy applications.
Below are the top four challenges organizations are facing:
#1 Need for Remote Workforce
As the world turns to a more remote work business model, many organizations are faced with either the lack of modern collaboration tools or lack of end user adoption. A quick way to improve team coordination and performance is by removing barriers that impede collaboration to drive organizational resiliency, especially against world-impacting events. Therefore it is essential to empower end-users to rapidly adopt digital applications, such as Microsoft Teams — the hub for team collaboration in Office 365 that integrates the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective.
#2 Decades-old applications
As the years go by, legacy applications, process and procedures are carried forward even if doing so requires a large amount of work, major upgrades, or more money to support. No one goes back and examines these things until a high threshold pain point occurs – sometimes even being a cyber risk. Organizations are often surprised that maintaining some applications for the last few years is either no longer necessary, is very inefficient, drains the bottom line or is no longer being used by anyone.
#3 Incompatibilities with current technologies
Many organizations embark on either a merger or acquisition to help achieve strategic business growth. Often after the financial aspect of the deal is finalized, the transaction comes to a halt because of being unable to easily integrate or migrate applications. Reasons behind this slow crawl are usually because applications have reached end of support, major upgrades are needed, or antiquated and critical applications are difficult to integrate with modern technology, even for the most skilled legacy IT professional within either organization.
#4 Shortage of legacy IT professionals
According to Deloitte, over the past five years, businesses have lost an average 23% of their mainframe workforce; of those, 63% are lost legacy positions that remain unfilled. Potential risks associated with more legacy IT professionals logging off for the last time are multiplying daily. To minimize risk, organizations can benefit from the knowledge of a legacy professional and leverage them as part of an overall IT legacy application modernization strategy.
Transform and modernize
All the above underscores the need to prioritize your modernization initiative. Organizations who modernize their infrastructures are better positioned to meet future business requirements, such as modern virtual workplaces, and achieve cost savings with minimal disruption to operations.
Binary Tree offers a best practices approach combined with advanced technology and professional services for modernizing your infrastructures for today's virtual workforce. Contact us today to be positioned for the future – without wasting resources on unused or decades-old applications.