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The Paradox of Inertia

Legacy systems pile up in the back office, choking budgets, limiting innovation and decelerating economic recovery. What is the root cause of this inertia?

Is it complacency, antipathy, ignorance, fear, or lack of a viable alternative? “Lack of a viable alternative “ encompasses all.

Lack of alternative maintains the status quo, which can lead to complacency, a lack of meaningful dialog, antipathy to risk and fear of failure. Systems that retain data can be immobilized by risk of change. As risk restrains progress, obsolescence adds more risk, of failure of the aging systems. This is a paradox of inertia.

The Imperative for Change

Status quo is no longer an economic option. Global disruption is forcing enterprises to squeeze efficiencies out of operations, while at the same time, data regulation is demanding greater accountability.

Global companies are starting to dial into decommissioning. Yet they are frequently diverted by solutions that deconstruct the database for analytics, MDM, data integration and enterprise archiving, all of which cost more than the intrinsic need. And, by displacing the data, it loses context and meaning to the user of the application. Lack of user sponsorship is how a decommissioning roadmap can grind to a halt.

Is there a Risk-Free Alternative?

A risk-free viable alternative has to disrupt the status quo, to easily decommission old, inactive application data containers and move the data to affordable, digital platform without any degradation of user access.


Click here to view the 23 criteria that eliminate risk from the decommissioning process.


According to a leading Gartner Research Modernization Analyst (ID: G00345378), there is only one technology solution that meets all risk-free criteria, and that is DataNovata. DataNovata does not displace the source database structure. It maps it in XML and provides a dynamic relational view of it in an HTML5 web application template, in a view-only format. If the database needs to be migrated to a different platform, DataNovata will read the migrated database. Because all of the database and its contextual relationships are preserved exactly as the user would wish, the source/legacy application can be decommissioned and access to the database maintained in an archive repository, on-premise or in the cloud.

Each DataNovata application comes with a standard feature template to govern secure access, privacy, data lifecycle and reporting. DataNovata applications are ‘no-code’, requiring minimal resource from IT services and are deployed and accessed using a link url in a conventional web browser. 

Unique in its concept, DataNovata meets all the 23 criteria identified as ‘Risk-free’ (see “What are the risk-free decommissioning criteria that disrupt the status quo?“) and complements any Enterprise Archiving strategy, with no disruption to business processes.

DataNovata provides a holistic decommissioning implementation strategy that meets all the business user needs for data access and compliance.

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