Software Development, Technology Strategy


The Risks of On-Premises Proprietary Platforms: Time to Migrate?

Posted on June 20, 2023

By Jim Fosse

May 25, 2024

In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, businesses must constantly adapt to evolving technologies and customer demands to remain competitive. However, a significant roadblock to progress often arises in the form of legacy systems and proprietary platforms. In fact, approximately 74% of organizations are currently running off proprietary platforms. These outdated and cumbersome systems, developed and implemented in a bygone era, can severely hinder business growth and efficiency, not to mention, put your data in significant danger. Is it time for your organization to migrate to a new system? Here are some key factors to consider.

Inefficiency and Costly Maintenance

Legacy systems and proprietary platforms are often built on outdated technology, making them inherently inefficient and difficult to maintain. These systems typically lack the flexibility and scalability necessary to keep up with the evolving needs of a modern business. As a result, organizations struggle with prolonged system downtime, frequent disruptions, and higher maintenance costs. For maintenance alone, it can cost you as much as $40,000 to keep a large proprietary platform on your own computer network. The time and resources spent on managing and patching these systems could be better utilized for more strategic initiatives and innovation.

Limited Integration and Compatibility

As technology advances at an exponential rate, older proprietary platforms have become increasingly incompatible with newer software and hardware. This lack of integration restricts businesses from leveraging the full potential of modern tools and systems. It becomes challenging to integrate new applications, cloud services, or even customer relationship management (CRM) tools, limiting the ability to streamline processes and leverage data effectively. Without seamless integration, businesses miss out on opportunities for automation, data analysis, and overall operational efficiency.

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Security and Compliance Risks

Proprietary platforms and legacy systems are notorious for their vulnerabilities and lack of up-to-date security measures. These outdated systems may lack essential security features, making them prime targets for cybercriminals. With the increasing sophistication of cyber threats, businesses relying on legacy systems are at a higher risk of data breaches, financial losses, and reputational damage. Furthermore, compliance with industry regulations and data privacy laws becomes an uphill battle, as legacy systems may not align with the required standards.

Physical Dangers

Hosting data on an on-premises proprietary platform poses significant dangers, particularly concerning the physical safety of the data. One of the foremost risks lies in the vulnerability to natural or man-made disasters that could obliterate the platform and result in irreparable data loss. Natural calamities such as fires, floods, earthquakes, or severe weather conditions can strike unexpectedly, jeopardizing the integrity of the infrastructure and leading to data destruction. Similarly, human-induced disasters like accidents, thefts, or intentional sabotage can cause severe harm to the platform, rendering the stored data irretrievable. Consider what state your business would be in if a flood, fire, or even a spilled cup of coffee on the office computer destroyed all of your data tomorrow, and your data hasn’t been backed up or migrated to the cloud.

The Benefits of Migrating to the Cloud

As you can see, there are many dangers facing your on-premises proprietary platform and the data it holds. If your data is still hosted on an old PC in your main office, it’s time to consider a data migration to the cloud.

Cloud computing provides a scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solution for managing and storing data. By migrating to the cloud, businesses can reduce infrastructure costs, eliminate the need for extensive hardware maintenance, and enjoy the benefits of increased accessibility and collaboration.

For some, the idea of data floating in the “cloud” can seem scary. However, cloud technology has improved significantly even over the last ten years. Cloud platforms offer a variety of tools and services that cater to different business needs. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides virtualized computing resources, enabling businesses to scale up or down based on demand. Platform as a Service (PaaS) offers preconfigured application development and deployment environments, simplifying the development process. Software as a Service (SaaS) delivers ready-to-use software applications accessible via the internet, reducing the need for on-premises installations. Additionally, there are specialized cloud services like data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence that can enhance business operations.

How else can migrating from your proprietary platform to the cloud help?

  • By enabling your businesses to reduce upfront costs associated with purchasing and maintaining physical hardware.
  • By offering high availability and reliability with robust data backup and disaster recovery mechanisms. By facilitating remote work and allowing users to access their data and applications from anywhere.
  • By providing enhanced security measures, including encryption, access controls, and regular updates, safeguarding valuable data from unauthorized access.

Data Migration Made Simple

Sometimes the biggest hurdle of moving to the cloud is the actual move. Migrating data from your proprietary platform is an important task that should be handled carefully. Fortunately, KDG is a data migration partner that can help you move data seamlessly from platform to platform using the technology of RPA.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) simplifies the process of migrating to the cloud by automating various tasks and streamlining data movement. With RPA, organizations can leverage software robots to extract data from disparate sources, transform and validate it, and map it to the target cloud environment. These robots execute the data migration process efficiently, managing dependencies and handling errors with minimal human intervention. By automating tasks that would otherwise be time-consuming and prone to errors, RPA ensures accurate and complete data transfer to the cloud.

This process may sound difficult, but our expert custom development team can help you migrate from your old proprietary platform with ease. Leave the data migration to us and discover the difference moving to a secure, affordable, and flexible cloud-based system can make. Contact us today.

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Jim joined KDG in 2022, offering a unique collage of technology experience spanning 20+ years between e-commerce and software solutions in the law enforcement industry.

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