Even though new software is usually more productive and efficient for businesses, many times, it’s difficult, even for companies, to make a change and the saying, ‘Software Dies Hard’, comes into play. ‘Software Dies Hard’ means that companies often hesitate to move on from legacy software, focusing on the potential short-term consequences rather than the long-term benefits their businesses will reap by adopting new systems.
Once companies overcome their resistance to change, they must help their employees overcome it too. Employees may clash with new processes, systems, and ideas introduced by their employers—fearing disruption of their company’s established workflow and culture. They might view the software change as unnecessary, undermining their job performance. Some workers may even fear unintended side effects such as job insecurity or having to work additional overtime hours.
Switching costs, or the money, time, and effort companies face as a result of changing products or vendors, is another short-term reason why businesses choose to keep legacy software. Some companies may not want to spend money on new software or on training employees to use the new system optimally when they’ve already invested in an existing system. Aside from financial considerations, some might find it difficult to identify new solutions. Others may find implementing new systems too time-consuming, potentially cutting into short-term productivity.
Companies may not fully understand the value of adapting to a new software, such as the long-term savings of a more efficient system, better data to make more informed decisions to decrease costs, and more robust features to save time and money and improve processes. As a result, they often focus on just getting by with an older, out-of-date system rather than investing in the future with modern software.
CMMS Data Group has seen first-hand how software dies hard by continuing to support the thousands of users who utilize legacy CMMS software.
Jonathan Clark, COO at CMMS Data Group, says that it blows his mind the no. of people still using outdated, non-functioning software.
One example of overcoming ‘Software Dies Hard’ phenomena follows:
Steve Marsh, maintenance manager at Quikrete, says his company made significant long-term improvements in its maintenance department after moving away from an older CMMS and adopting CMMS Data Group’s award-winning software, MVP Plant™, a newer CMMS.
MVP Plant is a modern Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) created from years of intensive research and development utilizing the latest technologies. Its reporting capabilities are second to none and are easy to use. MVP Plant is consistently updated with new features and enhancements that deliver powerful decision-support, resulting in increased productivity and efficiency, saving companies time and money.
About CMMS Data Group
Founded in 2000 to help organizations achieve maintenance excellence, CMMS Data Group is the market leader in CMMS software and services. Led by the award-winning MVP Plant™ CMMS software and its professional services and technical support, the Company also provides comprehensive reliability engineering services, enabling maintenance and facilities teams to increase customer satisfaction, reliability, capacity, productivity, and profitability.