In a world of tight budgets and onrushing deadlines, legacy systems require a strategy. The original intent and specifications for a legacy system may be long outdated. They may even be missing. Yet, the legacy system remains and seems to have taken on a life of its own. As it runs, you face the challenge of understanding the costs and determining how it can meet future business needs.
Legacy system operations and maintenance can be major factors in an IT budget. Running on older hardware with significant maintenance and operational costs — power, people, space — legacy systems can seem both huge and inflexible. Each dollar they absorb reduces your ability to introduce new and needed IT capability.
Maintenance of legacy systems cannot be avoided. Older system components may have to be updated if, for example, a vendor no longer supports older versions of those system components. There may be new business requirements that require evolution or outright extension of the system. All of those maintenance projects represent risk if the true boundaries and interdependencies of your legacy system are not understood.
In that situation, simple maintenance represents risk while system migration to newer, less costly hardware or software seems impossible.
Using its Business Intelligence tools to establish full knowledge of the legacy system, InfinIAM has the power to attack those risks and barriers. By using our auditing tools, the full extent of your legacy system, all the dependencies and all the connections, can be easily understood and evaluated. Maintenance needs can more easily be achieved with reduced risk. And options for system transformation, such as moving to a new platform can be more carefully considered and planned.
When you have a complete picture of your system, you can determine short and long term paths for system evolution:
- What are the system parts that are redundant or unused?
- What existing parts can be optimized to reduce hardware utilization?
- What parts are most sensitive to change and require the most care?
- What are the benefits of simply migrating the existing code and database to a new platform?
- What transformation, of the source code language or the database system, should be part of any migration?
InfinIAM has extensive experience in posing and answering these key questions. Our transformation partner Cornerstone has unprecedented experience in language and database conversions. We know technically how to perform a migration. We know, too, the business and logistical considerations vital to migration success.
Before we undertake a transformation on your behave, we want to ensure that this migration path is truly the best strategy for your firm. We work with you to consider transformation options and select the one best suited to your IT constraints, environment and staff.
Whether you need to control cost, meet a deadline, or adjust staffing, there is a path, a strategy, for you. InfinIAM is your key to developing that strategy.