Moving from location to location requires strong roads. When crossing a barrier though, like a body of water or valley, we are required to build a strong bridge to get us from point A to point B in a way that is fast, safe, and easy.
Yet we are not talking here about driving a car or riding a bus. As we in the computing world are evidencing the move to the post-PC era, modernizing and migrating legacy applications to harness the power of HTML5 web, cloud and mobile is one of the most difficult challenges enterprises have faced. Constant technological changes have weakened the business value of legacy systems, which have been developed over the years through huge investments.
There are several risks of course in this move. Do you choose to simply rewrite code of legacy apps and transform them to HTML5 one by one? This is quite expensive (according to research firm Gartner, the cost is $6 - $26 per line of code). Of course, the pace of the rewriting process is very slow – around 170 lines per day for each developer – which slows down business productivity in a world in which no organization can afford to fall behind. Other questions include whether the new cloud-based apps will have the same functionality as the trusted applications that worked for you for years. How will the user experience be affected? And of course, what about data security?
So we are faced with the challenge of building a sturdy bridge to stabilize our move in order to allow us to confidently and easily move our legacy applications into the post-PC era.
We at Gizmox are excited to release the first downloadable Community Technology Preview (CTP) of our Instant CloudMove Transposition Studio.
Developers: To download the tool, and try it out for yourself, please visit http://www.visualwebgui.com/download.aspx.
The CTP is the first and only tool-based solution allowing any Microsoft Visual Studio developer to extend VB6 and .NET enterprise client/server applications into HTML5 web, cloud and mobile applications, including the ability to upgrade their code and UI while doing so. It is the only solution to fully replicate enterprise desktop applications behavior in the post-PC era.
With Instant CloudMove, the transposed application is available on any mobile or tablet device, browser and across any client operating system. Moreover, the extended application logic and data remains on the server behind the fire-wall and therefore the application’s front end is secured-by-design.
We would love for you to try out the tool for yourselves and let us know what you think.
How are you finding the move?