Enriching a legacy system with a low-code platform in this way, rather than replacing it, has several important advantages.
Benefit 1: You avoid losing capital
Setting up and implementing your legacy system has most likely been a long intensive and cost-intensive process. All those investments will be wasted if you discard the legacy system all at once.
Benefit 2: You keep the money to invest in your primary process
Even setting up a low-code platform takes time, money, and effort. Much more than if you opt for enrichment only. In times of pandemic and crisis, you’d probably rather invest those resources in innovating your primary process.
Benefit 3: You get more out of your legacy system
Often, information that is locked up in legacy systems is not being fully utilized. By enriching the legacy software with a low-code platform, it is possible to unlock that data in other and more modern ways and make it work for you.
Benefit 4: Knowledge and information won’t be lost
When you move from system A to system B, you inevitably have to deal with data migration. The basic data – that is about 80 percent – can probably be transferred quickly and without problems. But with the remaining 20 percent, you run risks. That information influences business logic and core processes. Experience shows that when transferring them, some of this information is always lost.
Benefit 5: You avoid the accumulation of risks
Data loss during migration is only one of the risks you run when you completely replace a legacy system. If you also seize the switch to change your way of working, that creates additional risk. With enrichment, nothing changes to your legacy system and your primary process, therefore, you don’t stack risk upon risk.
More and more organizations want to exchange information from an ERP with customers, suppliers, or partners in a secure manner. The general trend is also that these organizations want to be able to design communication and (chain) processes with third parties. You won’t easily find a solution for this in your legacy system. This is usually not in line with the original design and purpose of a legacy system.