Government struggles with successful modernization

When it's time to to take on legacy system modernization, the process can be daunting, especially when the stakes are as high as with important federal agencies. Writing for InformationWeek, Richard Walker recently examined the roadblocks that organizations like the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have had to contend with.

These include preparing for entrance into the cloud on multiple fronts. For one thing, proper bandwidth is needed to fit the higher demands of the new computing environment.  This can be taxing if the agency in question has to make more than one migration, as was the case with the DOL.

This includes modernizing the email system that thousands of Department members use. The source quoted the DOL's deputy CIO Dawn Leaf on the process of adapting and dealing with flaws as they emerged.

"We found we had over 150 inconsistencies in office infrastructures that we had to clean up before we could even move to the platform to access Microsoft 365," Leaf said.

Writing for Data Center Knowledge, Kevin Leahy recently identified "integration" as one of the key elements of cloud migration. This includes pursuing the right outside sources necessary to make sure that all new systems work together, which could be a drain on the resources of the unprepared.

If you need legacy mainframe application access, web-based terminal emulation can allow your company to take part in the cloud with minimal cost. Using Flynet Viewer can help your business plan its future while making use of important widely-used platforms like Microsoft 365. Providing support just for simple functions like email can still take lots of time and resources, so having a proven provider can be a great help and relief.