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Are legacy systems a drag on your recovery?

In a recent HP survey of 700 IT and application leaders, more than two-thirds said that their company’s IT technology strategy is constrained by their current applications portfolio.

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This is a case of drowning in one’s own success, since all the application in the portfolio added value back when they were created. Businesses and technology change and the value generated may no longer exist. There are just too many apps and too little value. After a while it can be difficult to understand if an application still adds more value than it costs and even more difficult to “pull the plug” without an external mandate.


A few things happened in recent years that should have made organizations reach to yank the cord, like the downturn of the economy but some of the same responses to the downturn like removing “excess personnel” have made organizations fragile and unable to move out of the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mode.


Instant-On pressures are developing within organizations, as they look at cloud and other flexible business models. The time to “leave it alone” is coming to an end. Interfaces between systems are an expectation and master data management approaches will require organizations to look at:

  • the kind of data being held in systems,
  • how the data is being maintained,
  • what decisions are being made from the data by whom.

The slow recovery is going to require more flexible and integrated systems -- after all technology has not stopped its advances during the downturn. There are new customers and they have different expectations. There are also new automation techniques available that increase the quality while lowering costs.


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