So how do you approach a legacy system rebuild?
First, you need to identify the problems with your legacy system.
Legacy applications will often have a few identifying characteristics to watch out for, including non-existent or insubstantial documentation, no testing, applications depending on outdated frameworks, libraries, or technologies, and confusing, inconsistent code.
In human terms, this means that your team is working for your system, rather than your system working for them. If your tech team is spending hours fixing bugs before they can add a feature, or your development team struggles to make changes or fix knock-on effects when trying to deliver the best possible features, you have a legacy problem.
If the idea of implementing a helpful new feature gives you a stress response, or you’re continually saying “no” to upgrades since you know the system won’t cope, it’s also highly probable that you have a legacy issue.
This will directly impact your ability to hire and retain talent, since no one really wants to work with a system that’s frustrating and time-consuming.
Next, you need to understand exactly what it is you need. It can be tempting to rebuild the system from the ground up, and while this can be hugely beneficial and result in great gains in ROI, it will also require a substantial upfront investment.
As long as your systems are still operational, there will usually be enough value within your system to make some of it worth saving. For this reason, it may make sense to consider only modernising the parts that bring the most value to your business.
For some business owners, however, it may be worthwhile to completely rebuild your systems with custom software that is tailored to your business needs (both now, and in the future). A custom software solution may offer immediate, solid improvements on your legacy system.
So how do you decide between a partial and complete rebuild? We can take a look at your system and software needs, and give you the best possible advice for your situation. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help you with your legacy system rebuild.