Do you still rely on these enterprise systems? You’re not alone.

Are you considering modernizing your legacy (and not so legacy) apps to improve productivity and create more effective workflows? Before you invest in an upgrade or implement a brand new application, consider an alternative approach – one that could save you millions of dollars.

Nearly 70 percent of corporate business systems are legacy applications, but these days that doesn’t necessarily mean they are clunky, decades-old green screen terminals. In fact, Gartner defines legacy as "any system that is not sufficiently flexible to meet changing business needs”, a definition that applies to a wide range of software – some of which may be only five years old. Instead, the reason employees disregard traditional enterprise applications often has nothing to do with whether they are legacy, but whether these systems are hard-to-use, slow, and bloated with too many features.

Despite the poor user experience they offer, legacy systems still act as vital systems of record that help run the business, and most companies don’t want to discard them when they have invested a lot of time and resources into implementing them.

To help illustrate how vital legacy systems still are to the enterprise, we compiled a list of the top 10 that Sapho customers most frequently ask for. Based on our results, it’s clear that most companies still rely heavily on the systems they invested in years ago, and finding a method to modernize these systems is a better solution than ripping and replacing them.

Here are the top 10 systems that enterprises want to modernize with Sapho:

1. Active Directory

2. Salesforce

3. Microsoft SQL Server

4. ServiceNow

5. Oracle EBS

6. Concur

7. IBM Domino

8. SAP ERP

9. JIRA

10. Tableau

There are two big takeaways for me from this data. First, it’s clear that as clunky (and hated) as systems like IBM Domino, Oracle EBS, and SAP ERP may be, they are still highly utilized and preferred systems of record for companies. And second, as “modern” as systems like Salesforce, ServiceNow, and Concur are, companies are looking for ways to simplify how their employees interact with these systems since the workflows in them haven’t changed in years. Our findings reinforce that while companies are actively searching for ways to bring in better business applications, they are not quite ready to say goodbye to the current systems they have already invested millions of dollars, time, and resources into making valuable, stable, and secure.

To make the most of their initial investment and still be able to improve employee productivity with better tools, companies can opt to modernize their systems – whether they be legacy, on-premises, or SaaS – so they work together, are available anywhere, and provide a great employee experience. Using Sapho, systems of record are transformed into systems of engagement that deliver critical business data and actionable tasks to employees in a personalized workfeed that can be accessed from any device, intranet, or messenger.

If you are using any of the above 10 systems, it’s time to rethink how your employees interact with them and consider what you can do to make them easier to use without having to completely sacrifice your initial investments. Our customers trust Sapho to help them modernize their systems in a fast, cost-effective way – and you can too. 

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David Eckels is a Product Manager at Sapho. He previously worked as a product manager for a large ICT vendor and has also delivered advisory services with several firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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