Legacy Systems Hold Back 90% of Businesses

Research has shown that relying on legacy systems means most businesses are being held back from making digital advancements.

Nine out of ten decision-makers claim legacy systems are preventing them from harnessing the digital technologies they need to grow and become more efficient.

The research was commissioned by Hitachi Consulting, who found that analytics systems, legacy business intelligence, customer databases, workflow and document management systems are first in line to be removed.

The survey consisted of more than 100 IT leaders at businesses with more than 1,000 staff. It found that a third of those involved said legacy systems are considered a barrier to projects.

Examples of companies who are attempting to introduce digital technologies into their workforce are those within the financial and retail sectors. These firms have legacy systems in place that have become complex to manage after being in use for so long.

Research shows that large companies were also more likely to claim to be held back by legacy systems; with 44% saying it affects every or most projects, in comparison to 28% for medium-sized firms.

Vice president of digital at Hitachi Consulting said: "Ask any IT director or CIO and they'll probably tell you they're envious of startups that have a greenfield to build their IT infrastructure.

"IT leaders need to find ways of introducing new applications, services and approaches - and do so quickly, with the ability to scale."

The survey showed 28% of respondents said they wanted to abandon legacy business intelligence and analytics systems and start again from scratch.

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