As IT systems become an important competitive element in many industries, technology assets are influencing more and more parts of any organization. In our business development process, we all have encountered or heard false facts and myths about enterprise migrations. Here are some of the ones we dealt with:
Myth #1: We are a small company; our old system is still working. While older systems might still work, you may spend a lot of money on support. Overall, these costs are five times higher than they would be when operating on a newer system.
Myth #2: We will have an immediate benefit to the bottom line. According to the research company IDG, companies that migrate see a ROI of over 130% over a three-year period.
Myth #3: We should wait until the end of our present system’s lifecycle. A smarter strategy is to migrate before you are forced to. By keeping up on current versions of the system, you are less likely to face issues of more demand than the current system can handle.
Myth #4: It will take a short time. A typical migration takes from 6 to 18 months and involves hundreds of thousands of files scattered throughout the environment. Underestimating the time that goes into planning, testing, manual remediation, and user learning would be a mistake, as these actions have a direct affect on time and money spent.
Myth #5: Let’s not worry about user training. The new environment requires training for system administrators, application-development staff and any other employees involved in the process.
What you need to keep in mind is that the biggest myth related to enterprise migration processes is that of not doing the migration and running on old technology, hoping that nothing breaks. Migration is a business development opportunity and one of the best ways to gain a competitive advantage. Sooner or later all enterprises must upgrade to the latest technological versions to benefit of superior features and productivity.