Thinking about modernizing your legacy enterprise software? Stop and read this first.
Do you dream of ditching your current enterprise software for something newer and better? Does it feel like your technology has a stranglehold on your business? Are you putting way too much work into this relationship and not getting enough benefit in return?
Maybe even your IT gurus are convinced that this legacy software which you both love to hate is now beyond repair and that the best solution to your current problems is to start over from scratch.
Before you go running off with your IT staff like Bonnie and Clyde in pursuit of your new custom software development dreams, you may want to read on.
Those dreams could quickly turn into your worst nightmare should you underestimate the magnitude of the enormous endeavor that is rebuilding enterprise software from the ground up.
We’ll explain why a complete rebuild most likely isn’t your best option and offer an alternate approach that will yield faster and better results and at a fraction of the cost.
How business & IT lead each other to the brink
Your aching desire for a new, sleek, custom software solution, however justified given the frustrations with your current system, is most likely rooted in the idea that replacing your current software will be akin to working with an architect to get you out of a house that’s falling apart and into the new home of your dreams.
And just as you would expect a new house to be up to spec and contain all the latest and greatest appliances and fixtures, you’d want your new software to include all the functionality of your current software system. You would want it to do more, and to do it better and faster. And of course, you would want it built in a reasonable amount of time, within eighteen months for example.
The problem with this expectation is that building new enterprise software from scratch is nothing at all like building a new house. It may seem like a straightforward idea in theory, but the reality is that enterprise custom software systems are far more complex and nuanced than most people can even imagine.
In fact, a complete rebuild of an existing piece of enterprise software is the most complicated and costly approach to software modernization, and is also the most likely to lead to massive financial losses and ultimately, project failure. These catastrophes do happen with rebuilds and they happen often.
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Here’s how to avoid catastrophe with your enterprise software modernization project
Now, before you write us off as a bunch of party poopers, let us offer you a silver lining: There IS an exciting alternative to your current software woes.
What we’re about to recommend doesn’t require investing obscene amounts of time and resources up front on a project that is nearly impossible to deliver due to its complexity. This won’t go over budget by 500%, miss the project deadline three times, or make you deeply regret not having listened to the advice in this article!
With the right software development process, not only is it possible to resolve all of the issues with your current system, to implement the new features you’ve been wanting, and to make the system run the way you always wished it had, but you can reach those goals much more quickly and at a fraction of the cost of a new custom software build.
Use the Agile software development approach to modernize your current software piece by piece, early and often. This is a method that has enormous advantages over a complete rewrite:
- You get early exposure to the solutions that have already been developed.
- Catch problems early on and resolve them as they come up in the development process.
- Have usable chunks of your project implemented within weeks — not months or years.
In the world of enterprise custom software development where there are few silver bullets, this method truly stands out in its ability to bring software success to your stakeholders.
Get an outside perspective
So, no matter how tempting the proposition may seem, if your IT person tells you that starting from scratch with a new program is the only way, it may be wise to do some investigating of that claim and even get an outside team of developers to assess the situation.
It may be that your IT personnel have simply been too close to the problems for too long to see the right solutions, or they may just be tired of fighting with the same set of code for years on end.
Regardless of the reason, it’s worth getting an experienced team of outside developers to take a fresh look at your current system. And don’t settle for one that can’t make the proper enhancements to your existing software.
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