When To Replace Old Business Software
Many of us cling to old software out of familiarity. Migrating to new software may seem like a hassle. However, there are times when it can be necessary for the continued success of your business. Below are just a few signs that it could be time to replace your old software with something new.
Your current software is about to lose support
Most applications eventually lose support. This is when developers stop maintaining the software – you’ll no longer receive any updates and you may no longer be able to seek out customer support.
You should never continue using the software once it becomes unsupported. Once software stops receiving updates, it can become vulnerable to new viruses and cyber threats. On top of this, bugs may develop which will not be patched up.
The best time to migrate is before software loses support. Developers will usually announce in advance when software is coming to the end of its life. For example, Adobe Search and Promote will be coming to the end of its life this year on September 1st. Any companies that are still using this software will have to migrate to a new application before this date. An AI-powered search application like SearchBlox could be the perfect solution to migrate to.
Your current software is too basic for your needs
Another great reason to replace your old business software could be because it is too basic for your needs. Many very old applications were not built with the features that are available now. By continuing to use old basic software, you could find that you’re being left behind by your competitors.
What are some of the new features that your business software should have? Ideally, your software should be:
- Cloud-based: If your software requires you to store data onto a hard-drive or local server it could be time to update it. Cloud-based software is typically more powerful, more secure and more flexible.
- Compatible as a mobile app: Can you access your software as a mobile app? Many old applications are only available as desktop applications, which means that you cannot access them on the go. A mobile-compatible solution could enable you to work from any location.
- Full of handy AI and automation features: Modern business applications can help you to save time by learning from your behavior and giving you the option to automate repetitive manual tasks. If you feel that your old software is lacking many handy shortcut functions, it’s likely that it’s time to migrate to something newer.
Your current software is not compatible with other software/new hardware
Old software may not be compatible with certain types of new software and new hardware. While it’s common for competitor applications to not play nicely with each other, you should be able to easily export data to large non-competitor applications where it is helpful. For example, your sales software should be able to link up with your accounting software. Modern hardware from respected brands should also be able to work with your software where necessary. If this is not the case, it’s likely time to migrate to new software.
Ananya Prisha is an enterprise level Agile coach working out of Hyderabad (India) and also founder of High Level PM Consultancy. Her goal has been to keep on learning and at the same time give back to the community that has given her so much.