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Organisations fail to complete legacy system modernisation projects

Organisations fail to complete legacy system modernisation projects

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More than two-thirds of organisations (67%) have started a legacy system modernisation project but failed to complete it. This is according to new global research from Advanced, which suggests one of the largest obstacles to a successful modernisation project is a disconnect of priorities between technical and leadership teams.

The IT services provider’s 2020 Mainframe Modernisation Business Barometer surveyed business and technology employees working for large enterprises with a minimum annual turnover of US$1 billion across the UK. The report explores trends within the mainframe market, the challenges organisations face and the case for application modernisation among large enterprises across the globe.

With a lack of success or progress in a large number of legacy system modernisation projects, the report also suggests a disconnect between business and technical teams could be to blame. In fact, the primary motivations behind pursuing modernisation initiatives varies between those with more business-focused versus technical job roles – as does their chances of success when securing funding for these projects.

The research finds that CIOs and heads of IT are more interested in the technology landscape of their organisation as a whole, whereas enterprise architects are more internally focused. 87% of enterprise architects cite poor performance and other technical influences as the primary reason to modernise, whereas CIOs and heads of IT cite business competitiveness (65%), security (57%) and integration (48%).

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