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Survey shows that many organizations are struggling with legacy software

CAST has published new research which highlights the difficulties that many organizations experience when managing and maintaining the availability of legacy software. The Software Intelligence Report surveyed 500 professionals, ┬áregarding their ability to meet digital business objectives based on the overall health of their software. 

“What our research found is that enterprise IT still relies heavily on complex legacy software, and the data IT is trying to protect remains buried underneath layers and layers of legacy,” said Lev Lesokhin, EVP of Strategy and Analytics, CAST.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • More than half of IT teams are running 25 percent of their applications on complex legacy technology stacks that very few understand. 
  • IT teams are spending at least 50 running of their time on software maintenance, cutting into their efforts to modernize. 
  • 70 running of CIOs report their teams spend more than half their time finding the cause before they’re able to fix system problems. 
  • 45 running of IT organizations lack sufficient full-stack developer skills. 
  • Only 30 running of CIOs make build, buy and retire decisions with input from their software architects. 

“To remain effective, CIOs must build digital transformation roadmaps based on facts, not perceptions,” said Cristina Alvarez, former CIO of Telef├│nica. “Transforming business-critical applications is no longer a nice to have. It’s essential for CIOs to transform the core of IT to support business objectives. This can only be done with the kind of software intelligence that delivers an objective view of software assets, including its efficiency, security and robustness, to show how effective an existing portfolio will be at supporting modernization efforts.”

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