Transforming your legacy system can yield multiple benefits:
- Fewer hardware devices needed for the same processing power and storage capability.
- Reduced maintenance costs for any added, newer hardware components.
- Reduced operational costs: people, power, and space.
- Creation of an active strategy for systems growth with cost containment.
These benefits relate to your costs: future capital expenditures for needed hardware, operational costs including power, and staffing costs to support maintenance or provide major new functionality.
There are additional benefits that transformation provides, benefits centered around the IP embedded in your systems â€” both the code and the people.
Our transformation process begins with a comprehensive assessment and documentation of your system using Business Intelligence tools. Just what is your system? What are the pieces — hardware, software, and logical interconnections — that comprise your system? Are there pieces no longer used? Which pieces have no documentation or source code? Which pieces would benefit from optimization during a transformation process?
For that last benefit, consider that migrating from one hardware platform to another provides options and opportunities. Some of the programs in you legacy system could be translated into new source code, resulting in improved system performance. That newer code may enable staffing changes lowering your software maintenance cost, accelerating your ability to make system changes, or reducing your corporate risk.
Those benefits of risk reduction cannot be over stressed. As legacy systems enter their second or third decade, the staff that first collaborated to build the system begins to dissolve. Personnel change jobs, leave the corporation, or retire. Those initial system creators inevitably have IP that has not been put into formal system documentation.
As time passes, intuitive understanding of your legacy system by your changing staff is hard to establish or maintain. Parts of your legacy system may be older than the person you hire to maintain that system. When you migrate a legacy system, you have the opportunity to refresh your IP and to establish a new baseline that significantly reduces corporate risk.