It is hard to change bad habits. It takes someone courageous to take a hard look at themselves and to break free of routine.
Biggest problem that bad habits bring to a business is the out-dated ways of doing business. Every business that is more than a few years old will have a few of these bad habits. In much older, larger and distributed organisations this is a bigger but common problem.
This problem exists due to people. How people use technology and what technology is used by companies contribute to the problem and also to the solution.
The users of technology and their Habits are hard to change. Training them in the first place to use a technology was hard, time consuming and expensive. Once they are up and running with it they tend to create their own silos of working ways. Over time they create little deviations and short-cuts.
Users love access databases and their excel spreadsheets. They use note taking tools, USB drives and some even have servers getting dusty under their desks.
With technology changing at a much faster pace, using software that is only a few years old is a risky proposition. With cloud solutions providing an always up to date infrastructure, new businesses become much more agile and technically advanced with their offerings. They are able to become much more competitive than larger organisations with IT departments.
Legacy systems are the night mare of IT departments. It is really hard to support legacy. The skills required to support and improve older systems are diminishing and hard to find.
If you are an organisation still using software technology such as SQL 2000, SharePoint 2003 or older OR K2.Net instead of K2 blackpearl, you are not only increasing your support costs and business continuity risks but you are actually riding on dinosaurs to your extinction.
Seek out a migration plan and talk to the experts. Mitigate your risk of legacy and put in a plan to keep your software up-to-date. Be brave and embrace the change.
jEyLaBs is here to support you. We have performed many migrations from older versions of SQL, SharePoint and K2. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you map out a migration plan and execute it well.