Software applications used for logistics and document generation, have been popular for over 20 years. Their value proposition was to automate and enhance customer experience by generating dynamic documents and delivering them through multiple channels in various formats. However, many of these platforms are outdated and unsupported, leaving existing users with the challenge of exploring options to move away from vulnerable legacy applications.
Over the years, numerous applications have been acquired by other companies, merged with or coexisted alongside other technologies, often failing to live up to the initial expectations of their user groups. As a result, customers were left with upgrade paths to new technologies that required significant upfront investments and provided little guarantee that these monolithic, proprietary applications would remain relevant in the future.
Companies that continue to use unsupported legacy applicationsface significant risks, including security vulnerabilities, compliance issues, and reduced functionality over time. They may face regulatory issues if they continue to use unsupported legacy applications that do not meet current compliance requirements. Moreover, security vulnerabilities in unsupported legacy applications can leave organizations exposed to cyberattacks, data breaches, and other security threats.
Upgrading to modern technology platforms offers several benefits for companies, including increased efficiency, better scalability, and more advanced communication practices. One significant benefit is increased efficiency in document composition practices, as modern platforms offer more efficient ways to separate design and data. This can save resources and open up new opportunities for advanced communication practices.
Modern technology platforms also provide better scalability, allowing companies to easily adapt to changing business needs and scale their communications accordingly. By personalizing and automating customer communications (CCM), companies can deliver targeted messages that are more likely to resonate with the customer, leading to higher engagement and conversion rates.
To achieve this, businesses should simplify traditional composition practices by separating design and data. This can lead to more efficient and thoughtful document composition practices that not only save resources but also open up new opportunities for advanced communication practices.
Guided interactive communications, which refer to the use of technology to personalize and automate customer communications in a more interactive and engaging way, are now possible with modern technology platforms. By leveraging customer data and automation tools, companies can deliver targeted messages that are more likely to resonate with the customer and result in higher engagement and conversion rates.
Companies that are still using unsupported legacy communications applications need to consider their options carefully. While migrating to new technology platforms may seem daunting, it's necessary to ensure sustainability and eliminate the risk of having to rebuild future templates. Modern technology platforms provide sustainable and efficient solutions to these issues, and companies can achieve this by simplifying traditional composition practices and separating design and data.
Moreover, advanced communication practices like guided interactive communications are now possible with modern technology platforms. These practices can help personalize and automate customer communications in a more interactive and engaging way, leading to higher engagement and conversion rates. Companies can differentiate themselves in a crowded market by embracing innovative technologies and adopting industry best practices to develop customer communications that are more captivating, customized, and meaningful. In the end, the benefits of upgrading to modern technology platforms far outweigh the costs, and businesses that take this step will have a competitive edge in a rapidly evolving market.
Compart is an internationally active manufacturer of software for customer communication management. The company, with headquarters in Böblingen, has been present in the market for more than 30 years and has branches in Europe and North America. The scalable, platform-independent and easy-to-integrate solutions cover the entire cycle of document and…Read more
Carsten Lüdtge, a qualified journalist (University Degree: Diploma) and specialist editor, is responsible for press and public relations at Compart, an international manufacturer of software for customer communication, and is in charge of the Compart Group’s entire content management. He has PR expertise of more than 20 years with a focus on IT.