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Bottlenecks Could Present Opportunities for Legacy Modernization

Updated on October 14, 2014

At some point or another, just about every company will run into a bottleneck. Though the name makes it sound innocent enough, bottlenecks can cause serious issues. The longer they go without being addressed, the more damage they can do to a company too. Unfortunately, the way many companies go about trying to solve bottlenecks may be all wrong.

For example, you’ve probably heard “workarounds” mentioned in the same sentence as bottlenecks more times than you can count. That’s because the typical approach to a bottleneck is simply that there needs to be a way to work around it. Often, this is seen as a temporary solution, but I bet you know of at least a few workarounds that have been operational for quite some time.

It should go without saying that this is not ideal. However, one of the many reasons for this is that a bottleneck may actually present your company with an opportunity for legacy modernization. This term refers to the practice of assessing critical applications your company relies on and deciding how to keep them from becoming irrelevant. There are many approaches you can take from scrapping the entire thing to addressing the code that’s causing its irrelevance.

The subject alone could cover multiple articles, but the point here is that legacy modernization is about finding where a company may be vulnerable (or soon to be vulnerable) due to some software or other form of technology they rely on. If this doesn’t get addressed, the company will obviously be hurting.

A lot of times, bottlenecks represent what we call legacy applications. This is what we call the types of technology that are ripe for modernization. Bottlenecks often occur because these legacy applications are either no longer doing their job as required or are heading down that path.

For any number of reasons, this serious issue is sometimes looked at as more of a temporary problem or, again, something that can be solved with a workaround solution. In the future, however, look at these issues through the lens of legacy modernization. Are you applying a workaround where something far more serious and elaborate is probably necessary? Will putting off this kind of solution leave your company far worse off in the long run?

Generally, legacy modernization is no easy fix. It can be expensive, lengthy and inconvenient. However, the sooner you realize it’s necessary, the sooner you can begin and the easier it will be.

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