Legacy Apps: What to Do with that Old Beater

Mindy Rathe
December 13, 2012

We've all been there: when your jalopy breaks down, do you fix it or get a new car? Will you spend more in new monthly payments or repairs, only to briefly put off the inevitable? With your old car, are you even going to pass upcoming emissions testing?

Legacy applications are like that old car. Maintaining them can be quite expensive, from a server and infrastructure standpoint (ongoing repairs). Your organization can be at risk if the data is not compliant with document retention regulations (emissions testing). Then, the only guy that knows the system retires or leaves the company, and you may not be able to keep the application connected to your other infrastructure through an upgrade process.

Let's face it: legacy apps can be an IT nightmare. Here's how we got there and what to do about it.

How Did You Get Here?

This problem can sneak up on you without even your knowing about it.
If your organization has experienced any of the following over the past
five years, you probably have these issues:

  • While the sales and marketing
       teams may have resolved their product issues, you are still trying to
       determine what data goes where, and how to deal with it.
  • You continue to plow money and consulting time into
       additional server and database infrastructure for applications and
       data that may or may not actively being used.
  • Good news! Your company is growing. Bad news! Your
       systems can't keep up with this pace, and you need to migrate historical
       data into a new system.
  • Either by entering a new market evolving
       industry regulations, you have new rules that require compliance issues
       not previously considered.
  • Whether it's improved customer
       service, faster transactional processing or faster order fulfillment,
       your legacy applications need to keep up.

The Solution: Archive & Retire

According to Gartner, 60-80% of data with legacy applications are not
being used at all, as you may have replaced the legacy application with
a more current solution. These applications and their data can be
safely and quickly retired, saving you significant IT resources. This
means extracting the data within the application in such a manner that
it can be pulled into an archiving solution. You can then apply
retention policies to them.

To do so, you need a tool and experienced resources to perform these actions.

The Windward Group & EMC EAS

EMC's Enterprise Archiving Solution (EAS) enables organizations to
efficiently migrate data from legacy applications into a searchable and
usable infrastructure, regardless of the data format. Structured data,
unstructured content, print streams, and XML can all be added at the
same time from any application. Once archived, you can apply your data
and content retention policies, enabling you to safely manage this
information without having to maintain these legacy applications.

As a certified EAS partner, EMC can help guide you through this
process. We have extensive experience migrating content from legacy
applications into EAS. The resulting savings can be extensive. Fewer
databases, servers and consultants are needed to maintain these
applications. The data can be easily repurposed for partners, auditors
and internal staff. Most importantly, you can redirect resources to help
the company cope with the existing business environment rather than
maintaining legacy applications, improving the value that you add to
your organization.

It's Time

You know it's time to let go of those old applications, just as it's time to donate that old beater to charity. Contact us to learn more about how EAS and The Windward Group can help you migrate your legacy applications into a reduced cost solution.