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Solutions to the Headaches of Legacy Systems

Written by Amber Lehmann on April 8, 2015

Did you know that Legacy systems from suppliers such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Tandem and Unisys still power important applications in banking, travel and the public sector?

“Many banks rely on core systems built in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Every time a bank customer makes a money transfer, the transaction passes through a legacy platform,” says Julian Dobbins, director of product management at the software firm Micro Focus.

Outdated platforms often survive because of the risk and cost of replacing them, according to financial services analyst TowerGroup. Legacy replacement projects can fail, not only damaging the credibility of the IT department but also the careers of the managers put in charge of them.

The time and cost involved in system testing and the prospect of a massive end-user retraining program can prove daunting too. Addressing problems from supporting and maintaining legacy systems—commonly known as dinosaur systems—is not usually a fun job, but somebody has to do it. When companies are running 10- to 20-year-old mission-critical systems, odds are that they are also running training classes, answering help calls, and maintaining and enhancing these systems. Companies continue to use Legacy systems though, because they add some value to the business.

Finding solutions to the headaches that Legacy systems may cause is a daunting task for many IT managers.  CTS provides solutions to these headaches with proven processes that mitigate risk and avoid damages caused by application failure.


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