Beware of lipstick on old technology

There are many players in the software industry and not all are what they seem. An unsuspecting buyer may invest in technology dating back 30 years because some systems have installed ‘Windows-like’ technology layers that shield the legacy system, which many refer to as “lipstick on a pig”.

You may buy all flash and no long-term substance due to an outdated two-tier technology base instead of the industry leading three-tier. Two-tier was originally introduced as the alternative to the UNIX or IBM 3X systems where the workstation was a “green-screen” front end connected to a database machine to do the processing. Two-tier was sold as a cost effective alternative, but PC workstations weren’t powerful enough to process the data. Users would run reports and wait… and wait. The problems increased with the popularity of the Internet as transmitting data was expensive and made processing even slower.

Why three-tier architecture is superior technology

Three-tier architecture makes data more secure and data processing faster for office and remote users. We don’t have all the space necessary to describe the full functionality of each technology layer, but essentially these systems are incredibly efficient at pulling data from the real-time database as needed and updating quickly as changes are made. More advanced three-tier systems such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV intelligently detect the device being used and adjust accordingly so all have the same look and feel. This differs vastly from the simple web interface two-tier systems boast of. Three-tier systems are also tremendously flexible in deployments and allow new users and functionality to be added quickly and effectively.

You may not realize how many popular systems today are really legacy systems dressed up to look new. Why are these systems behind? The cost to upgrade is astronomical and most companies don’t have the budget, but how long will they be able to sustain their systems on outdated technology as the pace of innovation increases? There are already new technologies such as Web Services they can’t utilize. They are playing catch up to industry leaders such as Microsoft Dynamics, which spends more on R&D annually than most companies will ever earn.

The consequences of buying older technology

Many times rental organization on this older technology will be forced into a one size fits all solution.  Making everyone “drink from the same bucket” levels the playing field and forces companies to abandon competitive customizations.  This Common Tennant may not be what a progressive company needs. Also be aware many of these systems have older database technology restricting what the end user can do to meet their reporting needs.

Before you purchase a system, ask probing questions about technology base, product upgrade path, and integration with key Microsoft technology such as Office 365 and Web Services. Make sure you don’t get taken in by older technology dressed to look cutting edge.

Ask us why you can confidently invest in our fully featured rental management solution built on the industry leading Microsoft Dynamics NAV, which boasts over 120,000 customers worldwide.