Author: 3XSW

RPG nearly 60 and still young

I came across this article in the ibm systems magazine for power systems today and was surprised to learn that the IBM workhorse RPG is 60 next year so I had to share it. The article talks about regardless of the fact that RPG is 60 years young the language is still so relevant in today’s…
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7th September 2018 0

6 Questions to Ask Before Migrating from a Legacy Application

As an IT Director you may be considering migrating your legacy application, then there are 6 key questions that you need to ask. Why Do You Want to Move This Application? Is it to save costs, or help your company keep up with innovation? Are your employees demanding more mobility, or do you need to…
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23rd July 2018 0

Common Myths of Legacy Systems

1. Legacy applications tie up budget since legacy applications are more difficult to maintain.  I disagree replacement solutions end up costing 2-3 times what the original budget was and they still don’t meet the needs of the business. 2. Keeps IT from innovation It is considered that legacy applications are more difficult to maintain and they…
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23rd July 2018 0

GDPR (General Data Protection Reg) and MTD (Making Tax Digital) are not a reason to discard your legacy solution!

So, the major part of your current system is serving your business and meets your requirements, GDPR and MTD isn’t a good enough reason to throw it all away. It’s like throwing out the Baby with the bath water. You know your system so you know what you need to do! I am guessing your…
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23rd July 2018 0

What can I do to make my system look more modern?

Just because a system is legacy doesn’t mandate that it be replaced immediately. Your legacy system may represent a competitive advantage.  If you’ve built a customised solution that’s highly tailored to your business switching to a generic packaged solution may actually decrease your competitive advantage. You may be able to breathe new life into older applications.  In some…
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23rd July 2018 0

Replacing systems, why it is isn’t always the best way forward

I worked for a retailer for many years that had a bespoke system that ran the business. It had been designed and built to meet the exacting needs of the business. Isn’t that what gives a company a competitive edge, as it doesn’t work the way everyone else does. Large scale legacy replacement projects (often)…
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23rd July 2018 0