New research: Legacy applications threaten digital transformation initiatives for IBM i shops

Only 37 per cent of respondents have a clearly designated person or team with responsibility for retiring legacy systems

PETERBOROUGH, NH – July 09, 2019 – 67 per cent of survey participants admit to keeping legacy IT applications running simply because the historical data they hold is still useful according to new research. However 60 per cent believe retaining these systems can hold back digital transformation initiatives because they are difficult to integrate with more modern systems.

40 IBM i users completed the survey from SoftLanding® Systems, a division of UNICOM® Global, at the recent International i-Power 2019 IBM i conference in the UK.

According to Jim Fisher, SoftLanding Operations Manager, organizations should ideally have a process for identifying older applications as they approach end of life and retiring them while moving the valuable historical data to a secure accessible store which can be easily integrated with modern applications.

“The challenge for many enterprises is that there’s often no one person or team with a remit to take on this task,” explained Fisher. “Only 37 per cent of IBM i users who took part in our survey could identify a designated person or team with responsibility for retiring legacy systems, regardless of the platform that they run on. As a result, many obsolete systems continue to live on long after being actively updated with new data, typically because they hold many years of historical information needed for compliance, or for operational reasons such as handling customer queries.”

Respondents to SoftLanding Systems’ survey highlighted how retaining legacy systems could hamper digital transformation in three other ways:

  • Content or data from aging or legacy systems is often difficult to convert into new digital formats (48 per cent)
  • Aging or legacy applications are difficult for today’s end-users to manage without additional training (43 per cent)
  • Aging or legacy applications monopolize IT resources that could be better used on newer systems that support digital transformation (33 per cent)

“Any digital transformation strategy must include plans for how you are going to handle the existing legacy set up,” said Fisher. “If you can find an effective way to decommission these systems you can free up valuable IT resources that can then be ploughed into new digital initiatives.

“If you can move the legacy data into a secure content repository, you can actually make it more accessible both to end users and new applications. For instance, our Columbus solution which has been developed for the IBM i platform improves access to business information, while also allowing greater levels of data security and control to be introduced where necessary.”

“This is an important consideration for organizations that want to limit the risks inherent in data access and, at the same time, make significant strides towards meeting regulatory compliance such as the GDPR.”

“Moreover, Columbus can be easily integrated with modern systems and can transform data and documents into modern digital formats so they can be shared via digital channels such as the web, email, social media and instant messaging.”

70 per cent of the survey sample said that the aging applications they are keeping alive after they have stopped being updated with new data included in-house applications, 22 per cent said they included off the shelf packages while 37 per cent said they included modified off the shelf systems.

An overview of the survey and key findings can be viewed on an infographic at: https://www.softlanding.com/decommissioning-survey-2019.pdf

About SoftLanding® Systems www.softlanding.com
SoftLanding, a division of UNICOM® Global, specializes in software solutions for the IBM i and Power Systems platform.

SoftLanding’s application lifecycle management solution helps IT teams to deploy software changes faster, with less effort, and eliminates errors throughout the entire development process.

The company’s enterprise information management solution releases the power of digital communications through web, mobile and email channels, without changes to existing IT systems and applications.

SoftLanding’s automated operations and performance management solutions keep core business systems running at optimum levels and prevent unplanned application downtime. The company’s menu management solutions offer easy access to corporate business applications running on IBM i.

About UNICOM® Global www.unicomglobal.com
UNICOM Global consists of more than forty (40) corporate entities encompassing a wide range of businesses across all geographic regions. With its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California, to offices in Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia, throughout EMEA in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and the UAE, and across Asia/Pacific with locations in Japan, China, India, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines.

UNICOM Global offers deep in-house resources and flexible IT solutions to our partners worldwide. UNICOM Global focuses on acquiring and integrating mature and growing mid-cap NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange AIM and German publically-traded companies in technology, financing, IT, real estate, and business services. Please visit our websites for additional information about the services, products and solutions that UNICOM Global offers:

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unicomengineering.com UNICOM Engineering (formerly NASDAQ: NEI) – Appliance platform
unicom.org UNICOM Science and Technology Parks
www.unicomtechnologypark.com UNICOM Technology Park – Innovation Labs in Virginia
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unicom-capital.com UNICOM Capital – Business and Financial Services
solidDB.com solidDB – In-memory relational database management system
usrobotics.com USRobotics – Data communications products
memeo.com Memeo – Enterprise-grade Secure File Sharing for the Cloud
firetide.com Firetide – Wireless technology solutions for security and transportation
detec.com DETEC – Document composition products
softlanding.com SoftLanding Systems – IBM i software products
macro4.com Macro 4 (formerly LONDON: MAO) – Document Management products
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iet-solutions.com iET Solutions – ITIL® ITSM software products
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