In the 80’s I went through Grammar School, University and listened to some great music. In a few short weeks, I will get to relive my glory days, or at least a small part of them again, as I go to see ’80s Mania in Sydney.80s music

Nik Kershaw, Paul Young and Cutting Crew will be giving it their all on what promises to be a fantastic night of nostalgia (and a few cheesy grins). If only they would sell the drinks at 1985 prices (when a pint of beer was around 75p)

Just as that night will, the 80’s came to an end and I started working as a finance graduate for ICL (UK) in 1990.

If anyone has ever seen Music and Lyrics (a romantic comedy based around an ’80s band called ‘Pop’) you will know how difficult it was for Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) to write a hit song with the pre-determined title of ‘Way Back Into Love’ and I now know how he feels as I too struggle to turn this blog back to anything resembling Content Management.

Back in the 80’s I had a good record collection – around a dozen albums and a box of cassette tapes all neatly arranged in order – alphabetical by artist and chronologically within artist.

I have just looked at the tablet I am writing this on (Sony Xperia) and I have around 5000 tracks. I don’t listen to more than a few hundred, whereas I listened to all of my records until they got scratched (or my cassettes until the tape player chewed them up!)

Let’s be honest, nowadays we have become hoarders – be it MP3, JPG or even PPT, DOC, XLS or email. In the Corporate world it is worse. Sometimes we hoard for good reasons such as compliance or simply the fact that the data may actually be useful. Data is, however, only useful if we can turn it into Information.

When the 80’s ended and I started work as a management accountant, things were so simple. We had mainframe based business applications that were designed for the enterprise, we didn’t store electronic content in our own right (until the advent of the PC) and information governance was manageable and controlled by process – we actually filed printouts!

Then centralised systems were devolved to mid-range departmental systems with Client/Server applications and the rate of content creation grew exponentially. Add to this the merger and acquisitions that continue to this day and you can see that there is still a lot of content sitting on mainframes, Unix boxes, Windows boxes and local hard disks that needs managing.

Fast forward to present day, I have recently been talking with customers who have disclosed that they over a thousand such legacy apps that they need to be able to access with varying degrees of regularity. Most organisations have this problem and many just live with it. The cost is enormous both in terms of real cost and opportunity cost.

Many CIOs place a move to the third platform as a major priority but less than 30% is spent on these initiatives, mainly due to the cost of managing legacy applications. What CIO would not like more to spend on innovation?

Add to this the risk of running unsupported hardware, software and a lack of relevant skills in old programming languages then just like Paul Young, many CIOs can be heard declaring that “I was in chains“. And just as Cutting Crew sang “I just died in your arms tonight” What CIO would want to be in the position of having a 20 year old server suddenly stop running?

Thankfully, EMC has the solution with InfoArchive. The product allows organisations to decommission and consolidate legacy applications cheaper and quickly into a third platform ready solution that is modern, scalable, supported and secure.

Organisations can take advantage of this to not only meet compliance needs but also to remove legacy hardware and software risks, eliminate expensive database and middleware support costs of anywhere between 20% and 25% of original purchase price.

Also, depending on the need, EMC InfoArchive can produce applications ranging from a simple, secure, searchable content store to a full forms based application than can replicate much of the original functionality at a fraction of the running costs of the legacy system while providing the compliance for a data lake. Visionary organisations are already seeing the benefit of this in terms of improved competitive advantage.

And there are little or no limitations on the source system – from Mainframes to PCs and from ERP Systems to Lotus Notes applications, EMC InfoArchive fits the bill.

What about the cloud? EMC can also manage it for you in the cloud, allowing organisations who favour a cloud approach to not only remove cost and complexity but also align with their strategy – as many CIOs now know, it is not always the case that “wherever I lay my hat (that’s my home)”

The ’80s are long gone, along with a much simpler time, but with the help of EMC InfoArchive we can still reduce complexity, cost and turn old data into valuable information.

Maybe we will never see beer prices at those levels, but we can certainly get the cost of managing legacy applications closer to 80’s prices whilst facilitating up-to-date analytics.

So I leave you with the words of Nik Kershaw “wouldn’t it be good”

Is your organization ready to get with the times? What questions do you have for our EMC InfoArchive experts? Share them below.

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  1. Marc Burckin says:

    Nice article Lawrence – I thought you might have been able to tie in Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” and somehow talking to tearing down the walls of your legacy applications…

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