Could a Software Rewrite Be Beneficial to Your Company’s Work Processes?

There are different methods for modernizing software, developers can update software, they can integrate different apps into software, and they can even rewrite software when necessary. Many companies, however, avoid software rewrites from scratch, basing their thinking on Joel Spolsky’s arguments in his 2000 article, “Things You Should Never Do.” He states that rewriting software code from scratch is the “single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make.” The reason for this belief is that it can slow down the software development process by a lot.

The problem with this thinking is that there are times when a software rewrite from scratch is necessary, particularly in the case of older legacy systems. Features are moving slowly, there may be security holes, the user interface isn’t as clean as it could be. The software may be holding you back from new hardware as it won’t run on a newer operating system.

On this page we discuss the situations when a software rewrite rather than modernization might be for you:

1. The Problems in Existing Software Justify the Time and Cost Involved in a Rewrite

Save Time & Save Cost

Software rewrites can be time-consuming and costly, especially when they’re being done from scratch.

Your software rewrite should occur when it’s more expensive and time-consuming not to have completely new software than it is to have it.

Talented software developers will be able to look at existing code in legacy systems and modernize software in many cases.

2. The Original Developers Used Archaic Code

Use Forward Thinking Developers

Not all code is created equally. Some developers like to play around with code languages to see if they can build usable software from it.

The problem is that sometimes it can be difficult, if not impossible, to find developers capable of modernizing software using that same code. This then necessitates a software rewrite from the ground-up.

Moreover, system modernization improves the user-interface, meaning that your employees can be more efficient and more productive with their time.

3. You Can’t Upgrade Your Hardware Because of the Software

Enhanced Compatibility

Your team is still operating on old technology because if you upgrade the hardware, there is no way the software will be able to keep up.

Software rewrites are often necessary with much older legacy systems that aren’t compatible with contemporary technology.

4. Your Software Doesn’t Allow for Business Scaling, and Your Team’s Growth is Limited

Scale With Business Growth

When a business launches as a startup, its needs are very different from when it’s ten years in and much larger.

Sometimes, rather than rearchitecture software or modernizing software, the software needs to be rewritten from scratch in order to accommodate both the current status of the business and further company growth.

Let Us Aid You in Your Software Rewrite Project

Our team has the experience and knowledge to help you decide whether software modernization will require a software rewrite as part of the process.

We will work with you to determine what state your system is in and develop a plan for custom software development that meets the needs you have now – and the needs you will have in the future.

Contact us today for a software rewrite consultation, or if you would like to learn more about the custom software development process and how a software rewrite would work, download our free e-book.


Gavant Software is a full service developer of custom software, web and mobile technology solutions. We operate nationwide and provide full cycle software application development outsourcing services.

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