The first step is usually the hardest step.
Although replacing outdated software is typically not at the top of every leader’s “to-do” list, prioritizing the scheduled updates of your outdated software can save you a lot of headaches down the road.
There are plenty of risks associated with sticking with your outdated software such as the increased likelihood of cyberattacks, data leaks, and decreased overall business performance.
Holding on to legacy—another term for outdated—software for fear of the new and unknown will cost you more in the long haul than the price of updating the software.
Updated software brings with it a host of technologically advanced automation features which increase productivity while cutting costs for businesses.
The jury is in—updated versions of software are faster and more reliable than their outdated counterparts.
Another huge mistake organizations make when choosing to ignore those flashy “update software” warnings is that old software can’t integrate the way new software can. You will not be able to integrate systems with legacy software. Old software was never designed to integrate because at the time when it was created, automations were a technology of the future.
By loyally sticking by your outdated software (points for loyalty!), you’re making unnecessary work for your team. Thankfully, there are noticeable warning signs that you need to update your software, and if you’re attentive and follow through with the updates, you can avoid some serious pitfalls.
Constituents are Complaining
If your constituents are constantly discouraged and frustrated when trying to use your software because the quality isn’t up to par, you should consider an update as soon as possible. Eventually, your organization will fail because your software can’t keep up with its ever-changing needs.
Frustration From Your Staff
Neglecting updates can also be frustrating for team members. If you notice that they can’t finish assignments on time because your company’s outdated software constantly causes your system run slow or even crash, updating should be at the top of your priority list. Constantly having to reboot your system costs your organization time, money and productivity.
Frequent Data Leaks or Cyber Security Threats
Another serious warning sign that you need an updated version of software is trending data leaks or cyber security threats. Hackers know that updated versions of software have addressed any known security issues, so what are they most likely to go after? You guessed it…the outdated versions. You’ll be vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Outdated software is a convenient channel for cyber hackers. Make sure to stay up to date with scheduled maintenance updates.
If updating software is so important, why are some organizational leaders so opposed to it?
Change can be scary, and many leaders adhere to the belief that “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” Understandably, the cost of updating legacy software can be intimidating. What they fail to realize is that it costs far less to update software than it does to replace entire systems once the outdated software causes irreparable damage.