why tackle the challenge of making your legacy software usable again? Why not just recommend some new software suite and suggest a slew of new training regimens and data migration schedules? We're experts at taking on this challenge, first of all. But more importantly, we feel that in many cases, updating legacy software is the better approach.

Migrating your data to and training your staff on brand new software can be jarring and in some cases potentially damaging to your organizational bottom line, considering the risks of data loss and potential downtime. Sure, sometimes it's the best solution, but not always, and perhaps not even as often as is commonly touted. Legacy software may be outdated, and there may be gaps between it and your organizational needs, but often the underlying processes and databases are still sound and salvageable, making an update a better option than just purchasing new software.

A Worthwhile Challenge

The challenge of updating legacy software is multi-tiered:

1) Ensuring Legacy Data Works With Updated Software

Legacy software will have legacy data, but data itself is not necessarily problematic. Databases can have their data called or modified by appropriately designed software.

Data migration, especially legacy data, is one of our specialties.

This means that updating software while maintaining legacy data is certainly doable. The challenge here is when data needs to be restructured. Perhaps you no longer need multiple addresses in your staff entries, or your medical inventory doesn't properly track any associated hazardous materials warnings.

Data migration, especially legacy data, is one of our specialties; our development teams include a data migration specialist. Unlike most software developers, we treat migrating legacy data as a priority, not a last minute problem. This ensures the quality of migrated data is just as high as the software we build. This is critical, because as you work with your new software, you're also working with migrated data.

2) Crafting the Right User Experience

The first thing you notice when firing up software is the user experience. Conventional wisdom says that improving the look of legacy software is low priority,

It's not enough to just design great software; it has to look and feel as good as it runs.

but we disagree: the interface, the aesthetics, the way elements interact is critical to optimum usage. We always design with the user in mind, employing multiple short development cycles in partnership with said users. This ensures the user experience remains a priority throughout, because it's not enough to just design great software; it has to look and feel as good as it runs.

3) Meeting and Exceeding User Needs

The Scrum process gives LegacyX its ideal toolset for tackling all user needs, thoughtfully updating legacy software to modern standards and employing best practices where applicable. In brief, just as we design with the user experience in mind, so too do we design based on what software users need to do day-to-day.

Challenging and Rewarding

Becoming experts on and reverse-engineering legacy software isn't easy, but LegacyX doesn't endeavor to merely do what is easy. Updating legacy software is a daunting challenge, but it's one we're up for and find immensely rewarding.