Modernizing Legacy Tech in Manufacturing: Should You Fix It Even if It Ain’t Broke?

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Episode 9: Modernizing Legacy Tech in Manufacturing: Should You Fix It Even if It Ain’t Broke?

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Transformation @ Work

Episode 9: Modernizing Legacy Tech in Manufacturing: Should You Fix It Even if It Ain’t Broke?

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Transformation @ Work

Episode 9: Modernizing Legacy Tech in Manufacturing: Should You Fix It Even if It Ain’t Broke?

David Vancina

Strategic Client Architect
,
MuleSoft

As a leader in the integration and API space, Mulesoft makes it its mission connecting technologies to create seamless cross-platform experiences. David has been the company’s strategic client architect for the last four years, and is currently acting as the company’s field CTO in manufacturing. He brings twenty years of integration experience and almost 35 years of software experience to his role. He has a noted passion for and expertise in integration and technology, specifically within manufacturing.

The last few years have put all the systems we rely on to the test — especially in manufacturing, where organizations have had to deal with massive supply chain disruptions and sudden changes in cost. In many cases, these issues collided with technology that, while not necessarily broken, had gone several years without investment and was closing in on obsolete even before the pandemic hit. The reality is, manufacturers need to start modernizing their infrastructure to meet the needs of the current market. But where do you start, and how do you ensure your systems work together seamlessly?

In this episode of Transformation @ Work, we consider how manufacturers can make the leap to more modern digital technologies without disrupting their existing ecosystems.

The last few years have put all the systems we rely on to the test — especially in manufacturing, where organizations have had to deal with massive supply chain disruptions and sudden changes in cost. In many cases, these issues collided with technology that, while not necessarily broken, had gone several years without investment and was closing in on obsolete even before the pandemic hit. The reality is, manufacturers need to start modernizing their infrastructure to meet the needs of the current market. But where do you start, and how do you ensure your systems work together seamlessly?

In this episode of Transformation @ Work, we consider how manufacturers can make the leap to more modern digital technologies without disrupting their existing ecosystems.


Key Ideas:

02:28 - What do we mean when we say “legacy technology?”

04:07 - Things to look out for: signs your technology, even if it isn’t broken, might be due for a replacement

06:24 - How the changes brought on by COVID-19 exacerbated the struggles of dealing with legacy technology

08:29 - The human cost of outdated systems, and the strain legacy tech puts on “exceptional employees” 

13:09 - How manufacturers can add value to the business and better navigate disruptions by modernizing their infrastructure

16:45 - The role technology partners play in helping manufacturers balance their ongoing responsibilities with the deployment of new tech solutions

18:43 - Bridging the gap between legacy systems and modern solutions through software integration

21:39 - Next steps for team leaders looking to kickstart the legacy technology modernization process

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