To bring readers up to date on the hottest topics from its Web site blog, INN is pleased to present a comprehensive look at one of the more controversial topics covered by our bloggers - how insurers view legacy systems. The topic originated from one of our most popular contributors, Joe McKendrick, who started the online discussion by asking "Why is 'Legacy' a Bad Word?"

There are arguments defining legacy systems on both sides: legacy technology means old, slow and inflexible. Modern technology means fast, new and agile. But for many insurers, legacy still represents solid, reliable technology. According to INN contributor and blogger Joe McKendrick, the word "legacy" has received a bad rap, being described as outdated, closed, proprietary and "all sorts of other nasty things."

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