Internal IT teams in companies using Microsoft infrastructure are often seen to be struggling to implement setups that use the best practices, are ideal for their business and maximise investment.
This growing trend also indicates that implementations are not always optimal. This is happening because IT staff do not have the time or they are overwhelmed by the setup’s complexity and internal demands. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the challenges that legacy Microsoft environments create.
Lack of support for legacy Microsoft environments
One of the major challenges of legacy Microsoft environments is the end of support for older systems, such as Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2, whose technical support and security updates ended in 2020. This will also extend to Windows Server 2012 and 2012R2 in 2023. In addition, legacy systems may be running on hardware that is no longer capable of supporting more advanced versions, leading to poor scalability and potential disruption to business operations.
The lack of operational system support also poses a significant security risk, as unpatched vulnerabilities can be exploited by malicious actors, leading to data breaches and other security incidents. It is essential for organisations to upgrade their systems to ensure ongoing security and protection of their data and networks.
Poor performance from legacy Microsoft environments
Legacy applications, which are systems and applications that have not been updated with the latest technology advancements, often suffer from poor performance due to the lack of updated features for performance optimisation. This makes it challenging to scale these applications across multiple platforms, resulting in poor performance on mobile devices. As of 2021, it is estimated that over 60% of internet traffic originates from mobile devices, making it imperative for applications to be optimised for mobile use. The lack of a mobile-friendly version of these legacy applications further exacerbates the problem, making it difficult for users to access and use these applications effectively on their mobile devices. To provide a seamless user experience and improve overall performance, organisations should consider upgrading their legacy systems to the latest technology and hardware.
Lack of appreciation for the significance of IT
Businesses must start appreciating the all-around significance of IT since legacy Microsoft environments. Essentially, IT should remain at the heart of an enterprise's departments and adequately line up with its operational strategy. This will help minimise costs and increase performance.
However, most companies usually treat their IT departments as an ‘expense’, thinking that they probably don't need it. Some departments may also look at ‘IT’ as a simple ‘computer’ when in reality it is the core of most operations. Companies also need better IT regulations, structures, processes, and personnel training.
Ensuring that your legacy is in line with the current Hybrid Cloud
To address these challenges, Microsoft has invested over a billion dollars annually in its cloud platform, with a focus on security and manageability. The company's aim is to stay ahead in the field of cybersecurity and make the transition to the current hybrid cloud environment easier for businesses.
Why BMIT Technologies provides a solution
All BMIT clients has different needs and require different solutions. Therefore, we tackle each need with our technology, business strategy, and innovation expertise. We design intelligent, secure infrastructure solutions, and help build your internal capabilities. Our goal is to also identify opportunities to enhance your business potential through innovative technologies. This ensures a greater level of business management and progression.
If you want to learn more on how to respond to the challenges of legacy Microsoft environments, contact us, and one of our experts will reach out and guide you accordingly.