Businesses that have been around for many years may still be using the same software from the time they opened their doors. Using legacy software can cut upgrade costs, but it can also keep companies prisoner to old code. Here are five signs that your legacy software may not be keeping up with your business growth.
Slow or cumbersome legacy software is the first sign you need to upgrade. As your business grows, more powerful software is needed to support this growth. In extreme cases, you may find your software crashing as well. While waiting for your legacy software to load may not seem like a big deal, the minutes spent waiting for software to load add up. If hundreds of employees wait a few extra minutes each day, this adds up to full wasted workdays after a full year.
Mobile capabilities are an absolute must for modern businesses. If your software does not support mobile devices, it is probably not ready to handle modern business growth. Your legacy software may have been created before the rise of mobile devices.
If you are not ready for a complete upgrade, add a separate mobile software to complement your legacy software. Mobile tools can work alongside your current set-up without the cost of a full upgrade. However, integrations may arise when pairing old and new software.
If your legacy software is no longer supported by its vendor, it is no longer suitable for your business. All software relies on its creators for updates and regular maintenance. Without this support, your software cannot continue to grow alongside your business. Once that software is dropped by its vendor, support will no longer be available to your business. If your company’s software glitches or crashes at this point, no one will be around to assist. In the case of system failure or data loss, your warranty may no longer be valid, either.
Using legacy software opens your business up to all kinds of digital threats. Updates maintain the security of your software, and legacy software receives fewer updates (if any at all). Using outdated software is like opening a special door to your company’s backend for hackers.
Password algorithms have changed greatly in the past few years as well. Your legacy software most likely uses algorithms which were cracked years ago. Older software often requires less secure passwords to be set as well, meaning employees are much less pressured to set strong passwords or to change them frequently.
Most software has become much more user-friendly in recent years. Legacy software, on the other hand, can take a great deal of training to use. Some older software even requires special skills to use–skills that are no longer easy to come by in employees. Special training for legacy software can become very costly for your company. Unoptimized, clumsy interfaces also lead to more mistakes and slower operations for your company. In some cases, even extra costly training may not be enough to speed up operations.
As your business grows, its backbone needs to grow as well. Using legacy software may appear to cut the costs of upgrading, but it is often more expensive in the long run. Keeping software up-to-date is a necessary part of any business plan.