The true cost of legacy apps: Inconvenience, policy violations

There’s probably at least one or two apps at your organization that users just hate. The thing runs too slow, is too hard to operate or doesn’t meet their needs in some other way. But the real bad news: That could be putting your systems at risk. 

About half (45%) of end-users reported they were discouraged from using enterprise applications because of complexity and inconvenience according to Capriza research. But rather than grin and bear it, they went to consumer apps instead. More than half (51%) went with consumer-grade options, and 81% of those cited inefficiency and user experience as the reason.

In most cases, those apps, while more convenient, don’t have enterprise-grade security.

Mobile apps are also a priority

One of the big drivers of the move to non-enterprise apps was a lack of mobile options. Sixty-two percent of users said their companies’ applications weren’t mobile friendly, and 60% said they wanted tasks to take one minute to complete on a mobile device.

When so many companies are stuck with legacy apps that aren’t responsive and efficient enough on desktops, making a jump to a mobile-friendly option might seem like light years away.

Now may be a good time to consider first steps for replacing legacy apps and systems with cloud applications. If you can’t immediately move your data to cloud apps, think about what it would take – and whether it might be beneficial to move at least some functions to the cloud.

But it’s also crucial to reiterate your policies.

Users need to know that not having the best and most user-friendly apps right now isn’t a blessing to go out and find their own alternative.

Stress to users that the apps you have in place are there for a reason, and that they’re properly secured while others may not be on the open market.

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