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IT Brief, Australia: Cognizant’s Executive Vice President, Digital Systems and Technology, Outlines How to Get More Value from Legacy IT in a Digitally Driven World

“The inadequacies of legacy IT make it imperative for organisations to look at newer ways of transforming and upgrading their IT backbones,” writes Pradeep Shilige. “Consolidating and rationalising applications and infrastructure, creating synergies between applications and infrastructure, and simplifying processes are all ways of hardening legacy landscapes.” Excerpts:

“With digital technologies swiftly transforming industries, CIOs and IT leaders are faced with the challenge to make their IT environments simple, resilient and agile in order for them to support digital business. Most mature organisations today are burdened by the weight of aging legacy systems.

Legacy IT, with its siloed infrastructure, rigid architecture, traditional provisioning processes and performance bottlenecks, is largely unprepared to meet the requirements of the new digital world and take on the role of a business enabler.

To derive maximum value from legacy IT, organisations can take a number of steps to harden legacy systems. They can:

  • Transform the IT portfolio and eliminate inefficiencies in application and infrastructure management
  • Automate manual processes
  • Reduce handoffs and unify support for smarter operations
  • Build cross-skilled teams

CIOs who take steps to harden legacy systems as a first step in modernising IT to meet digital demands will provide their businesses with a definite advantage in executing their strategic plans while positioning IT as a key digital business enabler.

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