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IT Issues Less Talked About – Part 1

As IT industry continues to grow, so are the concerns for CIOs. Additionally, the old ones are on standby too. Upgrading legacy system and lack of agility are two of them. With the rapid shift in technologies and hot skills, it becomes important to upgrade the legacy systems, and it requires an agile workforce.

As per the staffing firm Robert Half’s report, nearly a quarter of CIOs are most concerned with upgrading legacy systems to improve efficiency.For industries where a large number of outdated or end-of-life systems are still being used to hold mission-critical data or applications, this is a particularly major concern.  Since these systems are no longer supported by their respective manufacturers, they can no longer be patched with the latest version of upgrades leaving them vulnerable to exploits. These platforms can be interconnected to other networks which allow vulnerabilities to extend outward and include those interconnected systems in attacks.

Coming to the lack of agility. organizations that aim to incorporate agile methods sometimes end up limping along in a sort of hybrid model that incorporates agile practices with more linear “waterfall” methods, which is strictly not a good combination. For instance, with little conceptual understanding of how this button or feature fits within the overall user experience, developers are coding to specific spec sheets. A disciplined approach is needed to pull this off, where the solution to specific problems are addressed within a certain release. Each release is then coordinated for a set of sprints so that a comprehensive solution that adds to the UX is achieved with every release and not just a collection of requested features that may or may not support one another.

Keep watching this space for more such IT issues faced by the leadership and CIOs in their routine functioning.

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