Gartner Symposium: Dump legacy IT to slash costs during the slowdown

IT directors and chief information officers must use fear of the imminent recession to convince senior management to allow them to dump costly legacy...

IT directors and chief information officers must use fear of the imminent recession to convince senior management to allow them to dump costly legacy IT.

The economic slowdown will be a key theme during next week's Gartner Symposium in Cannes. Jeff Mann, chairman for the conference and a Gartner research vice-president, said, "Politically, now is the best time to tell management it is no longer viable to run legacy IT."

He said many CIOs have modernised systems, but prior to the economic slowdown, senior managers have refused to stop using the old system, which has meant businesses have incurred high IT support and maintenance costs keeping the legacy systems running.

He said, "Use the recession as a crow-bar to get rid of legacy IT. Look for applicatons to kill off."

There is now a shift in attitude towards risk according to Mann, which means businesses are more open to switching off old systems if it will save them money.

On Tuesday 4 November at 4PM GMT Computer Weekly will be blogging live from the Gartner Symposium in Cannes.

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