Last weekend, I watched the PGA Championship on TV. Several 20-something golf pros made the tournament exciting, setting new distance and scoring records. I asked an avid golfer friend how the young players could score 20 under par for the four-day event, when a decade ago, 10 or 11 under par would have won the trophy. My friend said that it\u2019s the equipment\u00a0\u2013 high-tech golf clubs make the high-tech balls go farther. Yet the average golfer would be thrilled to score par, which has remained the same forever.\nBusiness performance and agility depend on IT equipment \u2013 hardware and software \u2013 and how well you use it. If your organization has a variety of legacy systems that are not integrated, do not communicate with each other, are built with outdated technology, or do not perform the way you would like, then it\u2019s time for an evaluation.\nTake lessons from a pro\nFew great golfers are self-taught; nearly all use teaching professionals with specific methods and drills.\nIf your organization does not possess the skills to evaluate legacy systems, then enlist a pro. Your pro should employ a proven methodology and should be conversant in business, subject matter, and IT.\nAssess your game\nPro golfers periodically assess their game and make adjustments to stay in the game.\nTake the time to properly assess your IT systems to keep your organization in the competition.\n\nDoes your short game (immediate needs) or your long game (mid-range and long-term needs) need improvement? What are the most critical unmet needs?\nAre your legacy systems agile, flexible, and scalable to meet your needs?\nHow well do your legacy systems align with your current IT strategy? For example, have you transitioned from on premises to Cloud deployment? Do you have a lean IT staff and outsource maintenance and support? Is mobile technology a must for new systems?\n\nLook in your bag\nIt is good practice to empty your golf bag every now and then. You never know what you will find \u2013 unused gadgets and old golf balls just make the bag more cumbersome.\nYou should do the same with legacy systems. Put everything on the table. Identify all of the software and tools assigned to the task at hand. This includes \u201cshadow IT\u201d systems and small tools that are not approved software applications. Also, you may find that some software is not used as intended. These complicate, rather than enable, your business.\nEngage lines of business and power users to help triage legacy systems. Document which systems and tools you should keep, eliminate, or replace.\nRank your legacy systems in order of importance. At the same time, consider what you can consolidate to lighten your load.\nGet a grip\nIf you\u2019re still using small wooden drivers with steel shafts (e.g., Excel spreadsheets and homegrown databases) and everyone else is using oversized titanium drivers with carbon fiber shafts (e.g., integrated, holistic software apps), then it may be time to replace your legacy systems with newer technology.\nSometimes all you need is a new set of grips on your golf clubs. This is a low cost, effective, solution that can provide additional years of play. The same goes for software. You may be able to extend the life of your system by\n\nexpanding the user community,\nextending the systems to additional facilities, or\nenabling new features and functionality.\n\nIf legacy systems are holding you back, then enlist a pro to help you sharpen your game. Conduct a proper legacy systems evaluation, triage your IT tools and apps, and determine if extending their life makes sense.\nUp-to-date tools and equipment, coupled with a good strategy, skills and training, can make both golf pros and organizations more agile and competitive.