We live in a world driven by data, where the most valuable resource we have is information. Existing in this type of landscape has caused a broadening of what data is classed as important, and a surge in the capturing and storing of said data.

“More data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.”

Ranjith Lewis, Nordic Senior Analytics Leader

80% of all data (coming in at around 2.5 quintillion bytes a day) stored in enterprises is unstructured. The pressure brands put on themselves to capture as much data as possible often results in a loss of focus on what makes this information valuable in the first place.

A huge proportion of this information is not even actionable data. Which is why you need a legacy application migration plan in place.

What’s up for retirement?

When you think of a legacy system, the image of an application covered in dust and cobwebs, buried under folder after folder with no one knowing the exact location of it might come to mind. But a legacy application doesn’t have to be old or outdated. It’s simply any system that is no longer updated with live data. This can occur because it’s been replaced or it just requires too much maintenance.

When coming to a decision as to what systems might need discarding brands often have a hard time. It may not be apparent right away as most are probably holding valuable information in some sense of the word. Due to this reluctance to let go, systems are often kept on life support no matter the cost or risks.

Brands might even be required for operational reasons to hold onto the data for a certain amount of time. Or because of remaining compliant with the regulations set by governing bodies they’re operating under.

Burden of legacy applications

Legacy Application Migration Maintenance

There are a number of implications that a business can encounter when refusing to implement legacy application migration. These issues can come in the form of monetary costs, efficiency degeneration or even legal concerns.

“R&D and engineering spend up to 67% of their entire IT budget on maintenance. These costs are increasing year over year and pose an unsustainable reality.”

Ken Mampaey, Business Development & Tom De Bruyn, Technical Lead at Panoptic

Whilst operating legacy applications, run-ins with the following might not be so unfamiliar:

  • High support overheads
  • Maintenance charges
  • Access difficulties
  • Compliance concerns
  • Technical skill shortages

These issues coupled with the incompatibility of traditional systems and modern security mechanisms leave brands vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Malware, ransomware and phishing attacks will leave businesses the subject of huge compliance concerns or even worse. As discussed in one of our previous blogs, the untold costs of a PR backlash may leave brands picking up the pieces for years to come.

What is the solution?

When carrying out a legacy application migration there needs to be a plan for the data stored on these systems. Migrating data from retired applications sounds easy enough but deciding where to move that data to isn’t a straightforward process.

Simply taking the existing, unstructured data and dumping it into newer systems takes time and a lot of it. As well as spending countless man hours, brands often find this old data impairs the new system making this method vastly inefficient.

Equally, migrating that unstructured data into an offline database will be just as inefficient. With no context as to where the data has come from when it was collected or the purpose of its collection it becomes impossible to use.

Seek Consultancy

For long term data access, a legacy application migration can be done through the use of a ‘specialist online content repository’. With a trusted service, data can be easily accessible and the context of the capture is embedded so data remains meaningful.

ITProPortal’ explains a decommissioning solution should be:

  • Accessible
  • Reliable/ Accurate
  • Secure/ Compliant

Here at Gather, we couldn’t agree more. In fact, we operate on the ethos of ensuring databases are stored with reliable, quality data. With our experienced data services team newly available for commercial implementation, we offer data migration services along with business and campaign analysis.

We help you unlock the value hidden within historic data with smart analysis and review that offer new enriching insights.

If you’re interested to see further how our data services team could be of help when retiring legacy application chat to an expert below.

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