Although updating your system to keep current with the latest in hardware and software improvements sounds wonderful in a general sense, it can be a pain and quite difficult for a business to do when it involves updating their entire network’s system. There are many issues that can arise if you decide to update and go through this process and it is important to consider if it is worth the time.
Many systems will have some form of capability with the newest ones you will look to install into your company’s framework. Through some form of backward compatibility it can be possible to transfer most of what you will need over to the new system smoothly. Although this can be true with many things there is a question of the things that cannot transfer and what to do about it. Some companies decide to maintain the old system alongside the new system. They adopt the new system and use it almost entirely but keep the old system up and running because of the information that is stored on them being too valuable to lose. This can be costly though, maintaining two systems, especially when you only need one and you are barely going to use the other.
It is important to do a cost benefit analysis of whether making the switch is a good move for you. In the long run, it will tend to be the better financial decision for your company. Constantly updating old hardware so that it can be compatible with new hardware becomes more and more difficult as the years pass. If there is something that would be lost in the legacy system integration, then consider other ways to preserve the information beyond just keeping the old system going. Possibly manually transferring the information would work in some cases, even if comes with a short term cost and time loss, it might be worth it. Think of all of these possibilities and consult a firm that specializes in these types of legacy system integration to get a better idea of what can be done to make the transition a smooth one.