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Chapter 7

Conclusion: Competitive Disadvantage

The list of 5 problems described in this article is not an exhaustive one; in different situations, there are many more problems that can be caused by ageing IT systems. We have selected these 5 problems based upon the frequency of occurrence we have noticed.

What these problems have in common is that they can impact a company both in a direct and an indirect way. Direct effects can be felt and measured by the company itself, and concern missed revenues, high costs, and increasing risks.

The indirect effect of these problems on a company is that they cause competitive disadvantages compared to competitors who have a more modern IT-landscape which allows them to cut costs, tap more revenue sources, and respond to changing market conditions quicker.

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Jasper Baljeu

Author / Software Engineer

Melis Schaap
Director Business Development