IT Modernization – Yes or No? A Checklist

IT Modernization – Yes or No? A Checklist

Many companies’ application landscapes have grown over time and were added to time and again. Complex interfaces, insufficient documentation, and obsolete development environments result in more and more effort. Changing requirements make an IT modernization necessary – does this apply to you, too?

Some time ago, I presented you the four ways of IT modernization in an infographic. Back then, I suggested that deciding which path to take requires careful consideration and can’t happen overnight. Quite often, however, IT administrators already have difficulty in deciding whether to modernize their IT or not.

Blog posts on the topic of IT modernization

  1. 4 Ways of IT Modernization
  2. IT Modernization – Yes or No? A Checklist
  3. IT Modernization between Necessity and Skepticism
  4. Four Levers – One Goal: Options for IT Modernization

In order to profit from new technologies, most companies can’t avoid modernizing their legacy systems. But there are some exceptions. The following checklist is intended to give you a starting point for finding out whether your software or maybe even your entire IT stack should be modernized: ten questions for more clarity.

How often do you say yes?

Are you unable to implement new functions (business innovations, legal requirements, etc.) on time due to inflexibility, complexity, and/or high development costs?
Will you lose any of your experts in the foreseeable future (e.g. due to retirement)?
Is the number of software developers with core expertise on the market declining, and are you having more and more trouble recruiting enough staff?
Does the technology you use for specific applications no longer correspond to your current IT architecture?
Is the technology of a solution already at the end of its life cycle?
Are the platform and/or license costs for certain applications significantly higher compared to the remaining IT architecture?
Are the maintenance costs for certain applications so high that the budget no longer has room for business and process innovations?
Is the operation of your core applications no longer highly stable, and does it no longer sufficiently safeguard your core business?
Is the platform/technology you use today not powerful enough / not configured to meet the requirements of digitization (e.g. operation of B2C/B2B channels)?
Do certain applications have a high requirement rate; are they part of your core processes and do they have to be adjusted frequently?

If you said yes to even one of these, this may indicate a need for action. If you answered yes to four or more questions, there is urgent need for action. You’re still skeptical? You’re not the only one – in my next post, I will discuss the classic reservations and worries caused by IT modernization.


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