Forbes, August 25, 2021

By now, most companies have realized the multiple benefits of digital transformation, from cost savings and productivity boosts to enhanced security. For many businesses, though, a major roadblock to achieving truly game-changing digital transformation is the decades’ worth of legacy tech systems that are still being used to run their operations.

If businesses are to realize the full benefits of digital transformation, legacy tech systems must be replaced by better, leading-edge solutions. But the process can prove difficult for many reasons – employees may resist changes to their processes, leadership may question the accompanying costs and disruptions to work must be avoided. So how can tech leaders overcome the common challenges of modernizing their organizations’ legacy tech? Below, 16 members of Forbes Technology Council share their advice.

1. Quantify the Direct Cost Savings

The biggest challenge is often justifying the spend. Start by quantifying the direct cost savings that will result from more efficient use of resources. And remember that new tech provides better data to help you make smarter, faster decisions, which gives your business a competitive advantage. It’s also important to remember that the price of making decisions based on outdated or inaccurate data can be steep. – Jim Wetekamp, Riskonnect

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