Change is difficult – it’s a natural human reaction to resist change, at least for many people. But in today’s modern, dynamic, technology driven world change happens faster than ever before. This is forcing individuals and organizations to adapt, to be more flexible, more dynamic, more agile – and while this might be exciting and relatively easy to do for consumers, the same can not always be said for business environments.
One of the big challenges around change in the business world is the investment already made in existing systems and processes. While recognising that these systems may not be perfect, and certainly will lack the most modern and innovative features, they still largely work, and a significant amount of time, effort and money has been sunk into them – so naturally people are resistant to ripping them out to replace with a new solution.
And so starts a vicious circle – where legacy systems become more isolated from other systems, have more data stored in them, fall further behind the technical norm, have ever more money spent on them, and as a result of all of these, actually become harder to get rid of. So what can be done? Does this just require a CIO with nerves of steel to go all in and rip out the old system, to replace it with a more modern, flexible alternative? Well that is one option – but in the words of Yoda – “there is another”.
Manage in Place
Legacy systems tend to perform a solid job, but often in isolation – lacking the connectivity that is required of a modern solution. They often lack cloud and mobile-enabled capabilities and as such do not get adopted easily by new, often younger, employees. But what if you could connect these legacy systems to more modern, cloud and mobile enabled systems that would provide a modern view on the legacy system? That would ensure the continued operation of the legacy system, but encourage a new generation of users and functionality. This is exactly what Manage in Place provides.
Using a standardized connectivity framework, Simflofy manage in place allows you to change everything, without changing anything. It allows an organization to connect into numerous business and content systems, leaving the data and content in those native systems, but providing visualization, analytics, processing and access capabilities within a modern environment.
This simple approach delivers significant benefits.
The manage in place approach does not require any system migration. No systems are being replaced here – additional capabilities are being added, but no capabilities are being removed. This removes concerns around a loss of functionality – a major concern in any system replacement/migration. It also ensures that 100% of the previous processing capability stills exists.
Legacy systems took time, money and effort to deploy – manage in place recognizes that and delivers continued value from those existing investments, for as long as it makes sense. Manage in place is not a competitive or replacement technology, but a complimentary set of tools and techniques to blend the best of new and old technologies.
Above all else, manage in place provides organizations with a perfect foundation to drive their digital transformation. Many digital transformation initiatives fail because they focus purely on the front end, visual aspects of the business – but a new website, or mobile app, is a much stronger offering if built on top of a connected information layer than if built on isolated, disconnected systems. Manage in place enables organizations to build for the future, knowing that they are building on solid ground.
The use cases for manage in place are numerous. From records management, exposing legacy content to mobile and cloud applications, to providing training data to advanced artificial intelligence models – manage in place can fuel and feed all of these. Each and every use case has one similarity though – instead of seeing legacy content as a problem, they all make use of legacy content to move their task, or process, or department, or overall organization forward. Isn’t it time that your business started seeing the benefits of manage in place??
Written by Mark Lugert, President and CEO, Simflofy