Legacy systems have a checkered rep, and for very good reasons. In some cases, they remain vital to a business – supporting key data and critical processes, and are subject to regular updates and improvements by innovative vendors. But other legacy systems would make terrific boat anchors if they didn’t contain ancient applications and data that remain important to a company’s day to day functioning.

You know the type I’m talking about—usually archaic RISC or mainframe systems chugging away a corner that admins regard with the same quiet horror they would a co-worker sporting a hockey mask and a machete seven months before Halloween.

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