4 Killer Quora Answers on Legacy System

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At Kohezion, we believe in shared knowledge and learning from our peers. This is why I’m sharing these 4 great answers to questions posted on Quora.

Does transitioning legacy systems to cloud architecture lead to cost savings? Why or why not?

Read Quote of Gurpreet Singh’s answer to Cloud Computing: Does transitioning legacy systems to cloud architecture lead to cost savings? Why or why not? on Quora

I agree with what is said in this answer. This is a very difficult question to answer since there are many things to consider in terms of the cost of the migration. Questioning yourself about why you want to migrate to the cloud is a great exercice to do. You answers to this question will guide you towards the best solution for you and your business.

In what part of our systems and infrastructure do legacy systems pose the biggest problems or barriers to progress?

Read Quote of Omar Kiam’s answer to In what part of our systems and infrastructure do legacy systems pose the biggest problems or barriers to progress? on Quora

As Omar is saying in his answer, when it comes to legacy system, nothing is completely black or white. Legacy can work very well and state-of-the-art can be a pain. With the rapid evolution of technology, it may be true that solid legacy systems are more stable than newly designed cloud-based platforms. Again, a case by case analysis should be done and you should keep in mind what are your personal risks and issues.

In many companies there are many legacy systems ,how can you reconcile the presence of legacy systems with a pressing need to modernize?

Read Quote of Simon Thompson’s answer to In many companies there are many legacy systems ,how can you reconcile the presence of legacy systems with a pressing need to modernize? on Quora

Simon is pointing out two major issues here. First, the money or cash flow problem. Many businesses are stuck with a system that should clearly be replaced, but they simply don’t have the money to make the move. Those legacy systems can be maintained and improved to a certain point but sooner or later, they will still need to be replaced. If the business doesn’t have the money to do it, it could be the end of this business.
The second problem that is pointed out in this answer refers to the data migration process. Of course, a good vendor will try its best to make the transition seamless but there are some types of data that are a constant work in progress and you simply can’t put it on hold.

What is the best strategy for migrating a legacy enterprise system implemented with obsolete technology to a modern one?

Read Quote of Keith R. McFarlane’s answer to Enterprise Software: What is the best strategy for migrating a legacy enterprise system implemented with obsolete technology to a modern one? on Quora

Keith has definitely the best closing words here. Passion, perseverance and patience are definitively key qualities a vendor should have when taking care of replacing your legacy system. There sure are some guidelines one should follow during the migration process but the factors to consider are multiple and intricate. All should keep this in mind.

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