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Retiring legacy systems

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As organizations modernize to meet computing demands, they face enormous challenges when it comes the topic of retiring old computer systems and applications.  Consigning old applications or platforms to the backburner in favor of newer, safer, more stable, and more user-friendly systems is never as easy as it sounds.  the problem is more pronounced when the issues of regulatory compliance, budget, and time requirements are taken into consideration.

Maintaining for record Retention

How many of you are still maintaining an old computer system somewhere in your operation that is running an application critical to your business record retention requirements?   You are not alone if you have such a system.  You might think that just because you fully depreciated the hardware long ago,  your system is "free."  Think again, there are real and hidden support costs to maintaining legacy hardware and software systems.

Not only are there hardware support costs to consider, if you can even find replacement parts, a more critical and costly problem is supporting legacy software and applications.  Is the software's author still available to support it?  If not, do you have enough documentation to support it now or in the future?  Are you being held hostage by a former vendor who extorts money from the company every time they're needed to run reports for their old accounting system. How long will you be still stuck with these exorbitant licensing and maintenance rates?

Legacy IT Considerations

Is it time for you to look at the sustainability of your legacy IT systems?  Keeping old systems running can be very costly in terms of potential business risk and maintenance expense.

Here's a checklist of things to consider when reviewing your business's legacy IT issues:

     Is annual support less than the system replacement costs for both hardware and software?

     If the current system support person were hit by a bus tomorrow, would you still be in business?

     Can you easily find people with the skills to maintain either your hardware or software applications?

     Does the original manufacturer still have replacement parts for your hardware or are you using
     hard-to-find third-party resources for parts?

     Is the original vendor still in business and actively supporting your version of the system?

If you answered "no" to some of these questions, then you probably should be on the lookout for a cost effective solution which will allow retiring of your legacy systems before they cause serious harm to your business.

What we can do for you

We convert data into a formatted documents and reports that can be retrieved and viewed on/with industry standard hardware and software platforms.

We maintain documents and reports that satisfy expected inquiry needs.

We work to satisfy your legal, regulatory, and governance requirements.

We follow auditor guidelines for data transformation and chain of custody.

We addresses data validation challenges because original documents and reports are read-only.

We work to eliminate legal repercussions associated with lost or invalidated data.

We help plan a retention policy by reviewing requirements for organizational and individual departments.

Where necessary we can associate updated documents and reports with legacy items.

 Benefits

The company and the IT services department have one less proprietary platform to support.

Hardware / Software operational and maintenance costs are eliminated.

Facilities overhead is reduced by eliminating redundant paper files.

Productivity is improved with easier access to legacy data using industry standard desktop software.

Eliminates risks with access security to sensitive customer or employee information.