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Is your IT stack ready for architectural deindustrialisation?

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There might be a lot of talk about digital transformation around the business but many organisations are often reliant on legacy systems. Without breaking its reliance on older technologies, your organisation will not be able to face the future with confidence. Decision makers must turn their attention to the IT stack.

The key factor to recognise is that your current IT set-up might need some modifications to keep up with architectural deindustrialization. The old mechanisms of business computing are drawing to a close. Change is now the only constant – and decisions makers in the IT department and the rest of the business must be able to draw on technology that supports transformation.

So why do organisations need to break their reliance on legacy systems, how can this dependence on older technology restrict your options for change and why is the deindustrialised, decoupled future so much brighter? We explore these questions in the article below.

Breaking a reliance on legacy technologies

Modern technology boosts growthOlder technology restricts opportunities for change. As IDC recognises, legacy systems often revolve around complex, monolithic technologies, such as mainframes and UNIX platforms. These technologies are unintegrated and costly to maintain. Modern organisations must break from this outdated IT model.

However, this is a significant challenge. Many organisations – particularly in key sectors, such as insurance and banking – are often reliant on older systems. These legacy technologies sometimes run crucial production systems. Decision makers, therefore, must proceed with care. And their approach often focuses on an accepted adage: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.

Unfortunately, this strategy is reaching the end of its useful life. Support becomes a significant challenge, especially as specialist expertise is tough to source. Even if organisations can use these systems, the technology cannot be easily integrated into modern, cloud-based platforms. Modern IT must support change – and legacy systems are unsuitable.

Breaking the code and unlocking change

The key, suggests IDC, is that the architects of this model may be analogised as writing their blueprint in a coded language that only they – and their technicians – can decipher and build from in an effort to protect their margins. For the business looking to support new demands and customer services, this reliance on a complex, outdated model is far from satisfactory.

Unlike legacy or bespoke approaches that bind organisations to a rigid approach, the Future-Ready Enterprise strategy is founded on flexible design and maximum choice, with modular systems built on open standards, which are the common languages of modern business technology.

Yet as a previous Dell EMC Tech Page One article has demonstrated, being ready to face the future represents a significant test. IDC research suggests just 18 per cent of organisations are truly ahead of the curve. Executives who are slow to adopt digital technologies, like cloud and big data, risk seeing their firm left behind.

Creating a brighter future for the business

Organisations, in short, must be prepared to develop a new approach to IT infratructure that is ready for disruptive innovation. Rather than a siloed approach to infrastructure, IT and business decision makers must support a move towards a new decoupled and deindustrialised notion of technology.

Rather than being the preserve of a technically-minded minority, software engineering must be viewed as a line-of-business-focused discipline, where services and even new platforms are created when senior executives are convinved by their long-term value.

IT and business decision makers must consider how key controls, such as automation intelligence, application programming Interfaces and software-defined networks, can help create a connected world of business computing, where any device can connect to the cloud and use management information from any location at any time.

Breaking old habits is always tough, particulrly when it comes to legacy systems. But without a new deindustrialisation, firms face a bleak future in a disconnected trading landscape. The time for change is upon us.

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References:

http://www.techpageone.co.uk/business-uk-en/business-results-pt-1-18-businesses-future-ready/

 

Mark Samuels

Mark Samuels

Mark Samuels is a business journalist specialising in IT leadership issues. Formerly editor at CIO Connect and features editor of Computing, he has written for various organisations, including the Economist Intelligence Unit, Guardian Government Computing and Times Higher Education. Mark is also a contributor for CloudPro, ZDNetUK, TechRepublic, ITPro, Computer Weekly, CBR, Financial Director, Accountancy Age, Educause, Inform and CIONET. Mark has extensive experience in writing on the topic of how CIO’s use and adopt technology in business.

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