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New NCC Guidelines on evaluating legacy

From the National Computing Centre, Manchester UK.

Issued 3rd August 2009

The National Computing Centre has published a new set of Guidelines to help IT decision-makers evaluate their options in relation to legacy IT systems. The concepts of joined-up IT and web services are powerful tools for business innovation and cost reduction, but uptake of these technologies is often hindered by existing inflexible (legacy) systems and high costs. The Guidelines, Evaluating Legacy, a Modern Approach examine the typical driving forces behind legacy modernisation projects, identify potential solutions, and review business benefits and business risks.
Of particular significance is the recognition of 'legacy evolution' as a recognised concept, which entails the core logic of legacy systems being brought into line with current requirements, and then ‘evolved’ in real-time going forward.
Michael Dean, NCC's Director of Advisory Services said, "Organisations are often fearful of moving away from legacy despite the benefits of new techonology; these Guidelines also discuss the boardroom shift which sees legacy as a business constraint, rather than just an IT problem".
The Guidelines also explore the technical challenges involved and how new approaches seek to reduce the time, risk and cost traditionally associated with legacy modernisation. The Guidelines were co-authored by Erudine, an NCC member organisation that specialises in legacy migration.
Martin Rice, CEO of Erudine, said: "The burden of Legacy is something that cannot be ignored. In a world that is becoming far more competitive, businesses need to become agile and to achieve this the underpinning IT infrastructure needs to be capable of evolution, adapting to the commercial opportunities faster than the competition."
The National Computing Centre (NCC) is the leading cross-sector corporate membership body in the UK IT sector. NCC provides independent advice, guidance and expertise to help IT decision-makers to deliver effective solutions
The Guidelines can be freely downloaded from the National Computing Centre website
About The National Computing Centre (NCC)
The National Computing Centre (NCC) helps IT decision makers deliver effective solutions to business problems by bringing together users, experts and vendors to share experiences and develop best practices. We are a non-profit distributing organisation.
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