It's Probably Time To Ditch That Legacy Software System

Do you have a legacy software system?

It may seem like an odd question, but many businesses don’t realize that they have one, or understand how expensive it is to use. A legacy software system, or an outdated system limits your business’s ability to reach its full potential, which means a hit to your bottom line. Many companies hesitate to upgrade their systems for fear of the cost, concerns about implementation, or discomfort with change. However, doing nothing is much worse than taking the plunge.

Is It Time To Put Your Old System Out To Pasture?


  1. You can’t find someone who can work with your program’s system because most programmers skilled with older systems, such as DOS, FoxPro and Clipper dBase, are retired.
  2. You are running more than one system in an attempt to get all of the functions and capabilities that you need.
  3. You are tethered to your desktop or laptop because the system has no Cloud-based capabilities.
  4. Simple processes, such as upgrades and maintenance, are not possible, or so costly it hurts!
  5. The system runs on software or equipment that is no longer supported.
  6. The system just doesn’t meet your current needs.
  7. The system has so many patches, from so many authors, it looks like a quilt.

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Sooner or Later, The White Flag of Defeat Will Be Waiving

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  1. Technological Advancements. Technology has changed so much that systems today have capabilities that weren’t possible when your legacy system was built. Today’s software is more intuitive and functional than ever before. Dashboards and sleek interfaces means more work gets done with fewer keystrokes.
  2. Share-Ability. Cloud-based capabilities allows anyone to work from anywhere. This increases communication, productivity, and gives your employees the ability to share data across multiple platforms and devices, keeping everyone in the know.
  3. Scalability. When you upgrade your system, you create a platform that fully supports your current business model and can easily expand to address your needs as the company grows. Older systems lack this flexibility, and sooner or later will waive the white flag of defeat.
  4. Security. Older systems are just simply less secure New systems use up-to-date security measures and can better protect your data.
  5. Cost. The cost of developing a new system that actual works is much less than what you spend over time on upgrades, patches, lost time due to stoppages or slowdowns, and more.

But Wait! What If You Didn’t Have To Start From scratch?


There are many times where a system is in desperate need of an upgrade, but starting from scratch is not necessary. Some common scenarios are below.

Good: Depending on the system and technology you have you may be able to upgrade individual components to extend its life.

Better: The underlying platform could possibly be upgraded without having to change any code.

Best: Your software developer may be able to use a code translator to automate the upgrade without having to rewrite all of the code again.

Even a legacy must come to an end. When it comes to your business software, this occur when it limits your ability to thrive in the marketplace. Our skilled team will work with you to assess your current needs, predict your future goals and develop the system that gets the job done. Give us a call today for a free consultation.


Learn more about upgrading your legacy software system



by Jessica Mazany | December 27, 2017 |

Written by Jessica Mazany

Jessica Mazany

Jessica is the Marketing Manager at Black Line, specializing in inbound marketing. She also loves dogs, craft beer, and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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