When we say, "legacy," we're referring to software that's outdated or obsolete. Today, more and more companies are discovering the benefits of reviving and transforming their legacy software into Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. In this article, we'll look at why migrating legacy software to SaaS may be a good idea.
Issues with Legacy Software
There are a variety of issues that come up when dealing with legacy software; the main ones being:
1. Performance - Legacy software tends to run slower and be much buggier if it even runs at all. As operating systems advance, so must the software that runs on top of them. If a program isn't being maintained it won't be compatible with newer operating systems.
2. Support - Finding support for legacy programs can be difficult, especially if a program was built on an old or outdated programming language. Think Cobalt or Cold Fusion. Current software professionals tend to focus their efforts on new technologies rather than outdated ones that rarely have any documentation or demand.
3. Security - Legacy software systems are prone to cyber attacks as they almost always lack proper security measures. This is very concerning as hacking is more prevalent today than ever before.
The SaaS model moves software from the local server and desktop to a hosted data center (the Cloud). By hosting an application in the cloud, it allows the users of that application to access it from any device with a browser and internet connection. The main advantage to software manufacturers is the migration from a product-based sale to one which is service-based. This allows for better forecasting, cash flow, and reduced maintenance costs.
Consider that, while your legacy application may not be a great SaaS candidate by itself, pieces of it could. Backup Legend trusted us to take reusable pieces from their legacy software and create an innovative new platform that was eventually resold to others. Migrating a legacy app, or building new in the cloud using pieces of your outdated app may find new life and a new audience.
From a sales and marketing perspective, moving or rebuilding in the cloud offers the opportunity to reengage those users who were loyal to the product when it lived inside their PC. Those users may now become loyal subscribers and evangelists of your old app brought back to life in the cloud.
Lastly, a SaaS solution will ensure software compatibility on a variety of devices, and to future cloud-friendly regulation standards such as HIPAA and PCI.
By opting to work with an experienced SaaS partner, you’ll be able to eliminate the risk of upgrade and security complications. Most providers offer packages, which include a variety of services such as maintenance, upgrades, and customer support.
Keep Your Vision Alive with Metisentry
If you are the manufacturer or developer of legacy software, your once great idea and intellectual property is locked in old technology. Rather than let what might be a very serviceable application collect dust, consider unlocking it in the cloud. Whether your goal is to retain your existing clients or add new ones, a purposefully built SaaS solution can help. Contact us today for more information or download our eBook below to learn more abut Planning, Building, and Growing SaaS applications.