Richard Muthua
Richard Muthua Head of Business Consulting

It’s hard to imagine how businesses operated before the era of connectivity and machine learning.

Conducting daily tasks – that have now mainly been digitised – manually require a substantial amount of time and resources and leave a greater margin for error.

Unfortunately, legacy IT systems are still operating in many African businesses today. Just because your IT infrastructure was “state-of-the-art” when you bought it, does not mean that it still is today.

Many Kenyan businesses have outgrown their IT systems with IT teams and business executives doing just enough to keep everything up and running. The problem with this approach is that it takes up valuable time and prevents businesses from leveraging the IT infrastructure and support systems required to meet their evolving needs. Here are a few ways to take your legacy IT system into the future.

Replace the system: Updating legacy systems doesn’t necessarily mean ripping out an old system and replacing it with a new one. This is especially true when you’re substituting a sprawling system that has evolved over decades with a customisable software package designed to meet legacy needs. If legacy technology is causing your company to lose ground, is costing you too much or you can’t find the trained staff to maintain it, you might need to replace it.

Update functionality: As a simple example, many legacy systems lack a service-oriented architecture, which makes them ill-suited for a world of apps and APIs. When your legacy IT systems lack the features and functionality you need to keep up with your competitors, your company won’t be able to roll out the programmes and platforms required to address major business challenges.

Stop Buying Hardware and Technology: It is a fact that technology evolution is way faster than most business hence if a business spends on buying either of them it will lag behind. Business should instead look more at buying services and have technology service providers worry about the hard ware and technology that delivers that service.

Enlist the help of a software provider: By working with a partner, you’ll decrease your IT department's involvement in software development. This will also provide you with comprehensive functionality immediately. The right partner will understand the complexities of your situation and provide you with the IT solutions you need to meet your most pressing needs.

Internet Solutions remains at the forefront of technological innovation. This means that we can deliver exceptional solutions to the market that are flexible, efficient and secure. We provide businesses with complete end-to-end solutions that will boost the efficiency of your departments. There's no reason to retain legacy systems. Together, let’s continue to be forward-thinking and push the boundaries of your capabilities.

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