5 Red Flags That Say it’s Time to Reengineer Your Legacy Software

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Owning a vintage car is considered a luxury but having business software that is that old, not so much. After all, a vintage car takes a lot of time and money to upkeep and it is not for a regular everyday drive is it? Yet, the software that a company runs on is often the central lifeline that connects its various departments and processes. If the software is up-to-date, your teams are working at their fullest capacity, departments are collaborating effortlessly and customers face no time lags. If the software is ineffective, however, each of these operations take longer than expected time to accomplish and this means cost of operations swirls skywards.

Legacy systems can be holding your company back and causing it to lose its competitive edge. There are two ways to resolve this: either switch out the system completely or modify aspects of the existing software to modernize it. The latter approach, also known as code refactoring or software reengineering, can prove to be quicker and more cost-effective for companies.

So how do you know when software reengineering is in the cards? Here are five signs your legacy software is hindering business growth.

1. Your system is slow and prone to crashes 

Are your processing systems working slower than usual? It might be time for a software upgrade. As software ages, parent companies tend to roll out fewer updates and new features, because they can significantly slow down the system. This is problematic for a number of reasons. Slow systems can have a domino effect within your organization. It can lead to a drop in employee productivity, which can impact the quality of your customer experience.

Even more critically, outdated software can often crash without warning, which could lead to a loss of critical data. Code refactoring or upgrading the legacy software can protect your data, prevent hanging and ensure the IT backbone of your company is running seamlessly.

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