The battle between legacy and new system

The battle between legacy and new system

March 26, 2020 Riku Voipio Digitalised world

It seems everyone is talking about digital transformation. But at Anders, we’re talking about something more. We’re talking about Digital Sustainability. Why? Because, to thrive in the ‘new normal’ of disruptive change, organizations need to be able to continually transform. This blog is explaining how to make sustainable decisions when thinking about how to transform. 

In a modern and fast changing business environment, time-to-market is crucial. It's therefore essential to leverage existing software to reduce development effort and cycle time. When a market is more static, however, organizations tend to reinvent, rather than reuse, software. What are the key methods to boost your business and how to make smart decisions?  

Why fix if it ain't broken 

Many companies continue using outdated systems, regardless of the age or quality of the underlying technologies. The software has been working just fine for decades and is still able to cope with most of its tasks, they argue. Indeed, why fix it if it ain’t broken?

Well, there are actually several reasons why you should fix it. In the long (and short, depending on your solutions) run, you will eventually get into trouble. Just to mention a few: maintenance and support, security, availability of knowledge, lost business opportunities, Integration and compliance etc.  

New is always better? 

At the other end of the scale are modern solutions. Modern software platforms often rely on third-party or built in APIs to utilize capabilities, such as geolocation, user authentication, data sharing, and transactions.

For example, Uber relies on the data provided through the Google Maps API for its core functionality – an ability to find and track cars nearby. Indeed, why reinvent the wheel, when you can use the existing, tried and true solution at a fraction of the cost?  

Modern technologies are integration-ready by default. API-management platform vendors typically provide support for most of the programming languages and frameworks out of the box. Yet, obsolete or rare technologies typically lack the compatibility.

If your core business relies on these technologies, you don´t have to throw everything away and start from scratch. Legacy software does not always fall under “old” or “outdated” definitions. There are more aspects to assess when identifying the legacy.  

How to create added value in the future? 

To bridge the gap between the current offerings and customer expectations, companies need to rethink their business models, making them digital-ready. Yet, the legacy software is only one aspect of the problem. Sometimes, a far bigger issue is the mindset that comes with it. That is why proving a business case for software modernization is the first challenge to be faced by the initiating party. 

That is why you need to assess all systems in place to uncover the current and potential issues it can bring up in the near future. We can evaluate this by using four key methods through which we can assist our clients to increase their revenue and add value to their core business.   

The Four Key Action Points when making sustainable decisions 

  • Analyzing and finding the hidden gems of the current architecture 
    • Cloud services and Data Centre hosting 
    • Automation and Robotics 
  • Drafting the vision for agile future architecture  
    • Retail operations and Supply Chain 
    • Infrastructure Services and Rationalization 
  • Discovering and harnessing available information flows/ Unlocking the value of information 
    • Asset Management and Analytics 
    • Innovation and Strategy 
    • Operational Excellence 
  • Creating digital business models and service concepts that create sustainable customer value  
    • Systems Integration and Implementation 
    • Smart metering and Utility Services  

At Anders, we call these actions points Digital Sustainability. With these methods combining agile development, your business can thrive. Rather than throwing all away and reinventing the wheel all over again, let us evaluate your current solutions and let´s make it better by adding modern technologies to support it.  We at Anders are specialized in creating sustainable solutions with the right attitude. 

As our CTO Frank Wickström wrote in his blog:  

So, bring us your worst, and we will make the best out of it! 

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Greetings from the remote office! Enjoying morning coffee & sun at the terrace. 

- Riku Voipio

Business Development Director
riku@anders.fi
+358 50 576 8899