The only thing more costly than updating your company’s tech stack is waiting too long to update it. Supporting older, legacy software becomes more expensive the longer it remains in place until eventually the hardware and specialists needed to maintain it dwindle and functionality suffers with each new bug in the system.
While there’s no precise formula for predicting when a company’s systems will need a refresh, there are best practices and plans that can keep a tech stack running smoothly, limiting the number of massive overhauls required and the accompanying disruption to your business and bottom line. Here are just a few examples of why tech stack modernization is so important, and what it includes.
Security: Time to Change the Locks
There’s no better way to tarnish a brand and lose customers than to put their security at risk. Outdated code and data silos are two common issues that ultimately lead to vulnerabilities. Regular maintenance, tool evaluation and the right data management plan are crucial to keeping customer information safe and secure.
Functionality: Keeping Up with the Changing Hardware
Ease of use is not a static measurement for software customers, even those who are long-time users of a product. As their devices change, so do a customer’s preferences and habits using any form of technology. Companies that don’t consider the customer experience on the latest version of an operating system will be abandoned for those that have. Finding ways to simplify the experience and minimize friction will be crucial to retaining users as hardware continues to evolve.
Scalability: Company Growth Means Tech Growth
Scaling up will inevitably lead to changes for staff, and sometimes for customers, too. Investing in cloud-based tools that can scale with the company leads to fewer major shifts down the line when UI, security safeguards and new features inevitably need to be upgraded. However a tech stack is configured, it needs to be able to integrate with other business technologies currently in use and in the future.
The pace of digital innovation isn’t slowing down, so having a plan in place for future updates will help keep technology costs predictable. One important note is that it’s not always necessary to start from scratch when modernizing a tech stack. In some cases, it’s possible to keep the processes that are working and simply make tweaks in a new iteration—but this is more likely to occur with regular maintenance and check-ins than only revisiting every few years.
Whether you’re in need of a major overhaul or a piecemeal update, T-Minus Solutions can assist with all aspects of your company’s tech stack modernization. Get in touch to learn more.