We use cookies and other similar technologies (Cookies) to enhance your experience and to provide you with relevant content and ads. By using our website, you are agreeing to the use of Cookies. You can change your settings at any time. Cookie Policy.

The technology leaders of large organizations are under continual pressure to deliver up-to-the-minute business data to constituents while still keeping costs in line for shareholders. Executives demand increasingly sophisticated, real-time reports on sales and other key business metrics. Customers and partners want self-service, Web-based tools that provide up-to-date answers to questions about inventory, accounts, billing and support. The CEO wants to know: how can our company’s information systems speed time to market, differentiate us from our competitors and increase profitability?



These relentless business imperatives are placing new demands on legacy systems. The term legacy itself has taken on a negative, “past its prime” connotation. And with the added demands to adopt newer Internet-based technologies, organizations are debating over whether or not to ‘rip and replace’ their legacy systems in order to modernize their IT infrastructure and save money. However, the rip and replace approach is rarely the right answer. Why?

Probably the biggest reason is that for an enormous number of companies, legacy applications are mission-critical (it is estimated that 70% of the world’s data still resides on the mainframe). They run the purchasing, manufacturing, financial and payroll systems that form the very backbone of the business. They house the data and business processes that differentiate a company from its competitors and represent years of valuable intellectual property. Ripping legacy systems out and replacing them with newer systems, when less drastic alternatives still exist, makes little fiscal or strategic sense.?

In addition, the experience of a number of well-known organizations demonstrates that rip and replace projects can be costly and prone to failure. And the price tag for a failed attempt can run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. But even when these projects do succeed, rip and replace remains a high-cost, time-intensive approach.

While in many cases legacy applications continue to meet business needs, they often do have some key limitations. Legacy systems are often disconnected from the enterprise; they house silos of data that are difficult to integrate with other silos and they are sometimes difficult to support. But (marketing hype aside) these difficulties do not exist in every organization that operates legacy systems. So, on balance, is there a reasonable alternative to rip and replace that mitigates the downside of legacy systems and builds upon the inherent positives?

-1-

1  2  

   Next Page

Explore Our Topics

  • EDITOR'S BRIEFING
  • Virtual Conferences
  • Webinars
  • Roundtables

BPM in Action

March 10, 2011

The sixth annual BPM in Action 2011 Virtual Conference will explore cutting-edge market developments in BPM and describe how to leverage them for improved business operation and performance. More

View All Virtual Conferences

Smart Case Management: Why It's So Smart.

Date:Nov 05, 2009
Time:12:00 PM ET- (17:00 GMT)

REGISTER TODAY!

Date:Oct 29, 2009
Time:15:00 PM ET- (19:00 GMT)

REGISTER TODAY!
View All Roundtables
  • Research Library
  • Podcasts
  • News

Joe McKendrick: Part II of II: Designing Evolve-ability into SOA and IT Systems

In part two of Joe McKendrick's recent podcast with Miko Matsumura, chief strategist for Software AG, they talk about how SOA and IT systems need to change and grow and adapt with the organization around it.

Listen Now

Phil Wainewright: Helping Brands Engage with Social Media

Phil Wainewright interviews David Vap, VP of products at RightNow Technologies, and finds out how sharing best practices can help businesses understand how best to engage with online communities.

Listen Now

Peter Schooff: Making Every IT Dollar Result in a Desired Business Outcome: Scott Hebner of IBM Rati

Scott Hebner, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM Rational, discusses a topic on the top of every company's mind today: getting the most from IT investments.

Listen Now

Jessica Ann Mola: Where Will BI Fit In? Lyndsay Wise Explains

In BI, this tough economy and the increasing role of Web 2.0 and MDM are certainly topics on people's minds today. WiseAnalytics' Lyndsay Wise addresses each of them in this informative podcast.

Listen Now

Dennis Byron: Talking with...Deepak Singh of BPM Provider Adeptia

Deepak Singh, President and CTO of Adeptia, joins ebizQ's Dennis Byron in a podcast that gets its hand around the trend of industry-specific BPM.

Listen Now
More Podcasts
  • Most Popular
  • Quick Guide
  • Most Discussed

Quick Guide: What is BPM?

Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Event Processing?

Smart event processing can help your company run smarter and faster. This comprehensive guide helps you research the basics of complex event processing (CEP) and learn how to get started on the right foot with your CEP project using EDA, RFID, SOA, SCADA and other relevant technologies. Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Enterprise 2.0?

A lot of people are talking about Enterprise 2.0 as being the business application of Web 2.0 technology. However, there's still some debate on exactly what this technology entails, how it applies to today's business models, and which components bring true value. Some use the term Enterprise 2.0 exclusively to describe the use of social networking technologies in the enterprise, while others use it to describe a web economy platform, or the technological framework behind such a platform. Still others say that Enterprise 2.0 is all of these things. Learn More