Legacy Apps: The Boring and Dirty Problem You Don’t Want to Deal With

Published: Wednesday, June 15 2016

There’s this boring, dirty, problem most organisations have and it has to do with legacy apps. Apps that were created over 10 years ago to solve a specific – at point of inception - business problem. You know the ones: those that were developed, tweaked and adapted over time and continue delivering results that address a specific issue.

But the world of app delivery has moved on. Enterprises are adopting SaaS solutions, or are developing cloud native apps and are, generally, innovating on new platforms. And yet, we can’t lose sight of those essential legacy apps that we are tied to. The one that is checking you in at the airport or signing you up to your new mobile contract. These apps are still doing their job well and there is no compelling business case to change them but despite all their years of hard work and service, and through no fault of their own, they are struggling to adapt to the latest operating environments.

Most of these organisations/apps/developers fall into a small number of different categories. In my experience, of the majority of apps on the market, half of organisations have solved this legacy app issue. But the other half adopts a “if it’s not broke, don’t touch it” approach, mainly because every time they try to make changes a problem appears. And the more a highly integrated and established app is touched, the bigger the problem gets.

The World is Mobile

As employees and consumers demand mobility, these legacy apps are struggling to cope. They cannot work on the new shiny devices of our time – the latest Surface, iPad or android device – that are easily portable. So as users want to work, wherever they are and, on whatever device they want - they are tied to an office or a device that just doesn’t meet user demands.

Making Legacy Apps Work in a Brave New World

The job of IT cannot be to say: ‘sorry we can’t do this’. IT needs to find a way to combine the wide and varied range of software, platforms and devices available on the market and satisfy increasing user demands. As user expectations increase, it simply isn’t good enough to suggest that a user is restricted and unable to do X, Y or Z.

Cloudhouse makes legacy apps work anywhere. Its mission is to help customers held back by the barriers of moving complex legacy applications to Microsoft Azure and Windows 10.

Have a legacy app that you’re struggling to deliver and deploy to the cloud? Get a demo of Cloudhouse today. Not ready for a demo? Join our upcoming ‘Cloudhouse in Action’ webinar.

 

Author: Mat Clothier, CTO and Co-Founder, Cloudhouse Technologies

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