Church Software Jargon: Legacy System

Legacy System defined:

An old technology, computer system, or application program that continues to be used, typically because it still functions for the users’ needs, even though newer technology or more efficient methods of performing a task are now available. (Wikipedia)

System that has been in existence for a long time and that continues to be used to avoid the high cost of replacing or redesigning them. (Pearson Education)

Most legacy systems use client/server architecture. This means the program has to be installed on each computer and a local server is needed to network the software and data. Hiring an outside IT person to manage the network is typically necessary.

We’re not trying to give Legacy Systems a bad reputation…

Legacy systems are often times great programs that still achieve what they were designed to do. Many Icon Systems customers still use our legacy system, Revelations. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you currently use a legacy system, just be aware of fresher technological improvements; they may be able to accomplish the same tasks more efficiently – which will save you time and money. Again, we don’t want to discourage you from purchasing a legacy system such as Revelations because it really is a great program and continues to effectively meet the needs of many churches. We just want to make sure you weigh your options carefully when choosing a legacy system for your church management software because it is a long-term investment.


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