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Legacy software: what is it and why switch to low-code?

Is your organization’s future in the grip of legacy software? If you’re struggling with increased security risks, rising maintenance costs and stagnation in growth and innovation, it’s time for change. In this blog article, we take a closer look at legacy software, its challenges and how moving to low-code platforms can pave a path to innovation.

What is legacy software?

If your computer interface still gives a flashback to the early 2000s, you may be under the spell of “legacy software. This term refers to any older software program or system still in use within an organization, despite the availability of newer, more efficient alternatives. What was once considered the future may now be an obstacle to growth and innovation.

Legacy software can range from outdated operating systems such as Windows XP, older database management systems such as Oracle 8i, to outdated office software and business applications. Applications written in older programming languages such as COBOL or Fortran can also be considered legacy.

However, not all old software is “legacy. The problem occurs when software hinders your organization’s growth, efficiency or security.

Legacy Software: the hidden costs

Legacy software can feel like an old, familiar coat. But just like that coat that no longer fits or has gone out of style, keeping legacy software can have more disadvantages than advantages! Have you ever considered the real cost of these outdated systems to your business, from security risks to high maintenance costs?

The role of low-code in modernization

Low-code platforms, such as Mendix, can provide a solution to the challenges of old-fashioned software. These platforms are designed to accelerate software development and increase productivity. But how exactly does low-code help modernize old-fashioned systems?

Enhanced security

Legacy systems pose a significant security risk – especially in the year 2023. They often lack the latest security features, leaving them vulnerable to cyber attacks. In contrast, many low-code platforms are designed with AVG and security as central aspects, with built-in security features and regular updates to meet the latest security standards. Reading tip: Learn more about the security of low-code platforms?

Reduced maintenance costs

In addition, maintaining legacy software can be expensive. Think downtimes, bug fixes and numerous adjustments to keep the system operational. Thanks to the flexibility of low-code platforms, these problems are largely eliminated. You can react quickly to new business needs or market changes, which ultimately leads to lower maintenance costs.

Increased flexibility

Legacy software is often rigid and difficult to adapt to changing business needs. This can hinder innovation. Low-code, on the other hand, is designed to be flexible and adaptable. You can easily add new features, modify existing processes or create new workflows to meet your changing needs.

Improved data integrity

Data integrity can be a challenge with legacy software, especially if you have multiple systems that don’t communicate well with each other. Low-code platforms help solve this problem through seamless integrations and automated data validation. This means your data will be consistent, accurate and reliable no matter how many systems you use.

Increased productivity

With legacy software, processes can be slow and inefficient. The result? A lot of frustration and waste of time! Low-code allows you to streamline and automate processes, which eliminates duplication and greatly increases your productivity.

Making the transition with ChangeMakers

At ChangeMakers, we’re ready to support you in your transition to low-code. Whether you need help with low-code application development, interim management, low-code consulting, or training and coaching, we tailor our approach to meet your specific needs.


It’s time to take off your old, uncomfortable coat and prepare for the future. Making the move to low-code can accelerate innovation and growth in your organization. What are you waiting for? Contact ChangeMakers today and find out how we can help you harness the potential of low-code. Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you!

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