Modernizing Legacy Systems via the Cloud

Posted by David Jones, Guest Blogger, AODocs

Sep 21, 2020


Organizations can face challenges with information management systems. Dated technology stacks, built on-premises in expensive data centers, with little positive user-experience cause huge problems from technical and staffing perspectives.

In our previous guest blog for Onix, we examined the challenges surrounding legacy systems and touched upon the fact that the solution to these stumbling blocks for many is to look to the cloud. Now, we’re going to dive into what that means.

Don’t Repave the Cowpath

While it is clear that incumbent legacy solutions are no longer up to the task, organizations still need to find secure, easy-to-use, compliant alternatives. There are two approaches to this replacement conversation:

One approach is to look for a direct replacement, something that performs in the same way as the old system but is more modern, perhaps mobile and cloud-based, with a flexible pricing model.

Beware with this approach. Many “cloud” versions of existing legacy solutions use what I call “fake cloud.”

lightbulb cloudsModern cloud-based solutions are built for the cloud. They make use of the latest software development tools and techniques to get the best out of the new environment. Fake cloud solutions simply take an on-premises application and put it into a container that allows it to run on a cloud server.

This is NOT “true cloud.” It simply moves an old application off of your server and puts it onto someone else’s server in the cloud. Yes, you will get cost savings, but overall, the approach misses the point for me. It simply “repaves the cowpath,” and doesn’t deliver real long term benefit.

A second approach provides more value. This method sees the organization take the opportunity to rethink the way in which it operates, the way in which technology can fundamentally redesign processes, supply chains, and every part of the business.

In doing this, organizations quickly realize that the only way to power that agile, dynamic, modern environment is via the cloud.

Balance, Not Symmetry

However, this does not have to be an all or nothing approach. Leaving legacy systems in the background but connecting them to a cloud-based, collaborative user interface offers a perfect bridge to the future.


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David Jones, Guest Blogger, AODocs

David Jones is an information management professional with more than 20 years’ experience. As VP of Marketing at AODocs, David develops the global go-to-market strategy and execution plan for AODocs modern, intelligent Content Services Platform. David was formerly a VP of Marketing with Nuxeo, and has held leadership roles with AIIM, Konica Minolta and Hyland. David is Vice Chairman and an elected member of the AIIM Board of Directors.

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