Friday, 19 August 2011

How can you ensure the compatibility of your organisation's bespoke applications?

The combined experience of the ChangeBASE Professional Services team in tackling the application compatibility challenge means that they have gained valuable insight into the major issues that many organisations face. A frequently recurring problem is where organisations have in-house, bespoke applications but, for whatever reason, the developer is no longer available. Such applications are likely to have been tailored to the organisation’s environment and, as suggested in BCS’ assessment of Bespoke vs. off-the-shelf software, “the finished product is unlikely to have the capacity to evolve with the company”.

More importantly, these applications are likely to have been custom built in order to fulfil a specific purpose that a standard, off-the shelf application could not, and as such are often fundamental in the workings of the organisation. This functionality simply cannot be left behind during a migration project.

Whilst the Microsoft Windows 7 Application Compatibility List is a great guide when migrating standard applications to the target platform, it is of little use when considering those that are bespoke. The ChangeBASE team recognises that some your organisation’s applications may not be off-the shelf, and have functionality in place to help get these working. By testing the installation file, whatever the format, AOK can report on the compatibility issues that your application is likely to face on Windows 7, 64-bit, Windows Server 2008 and even Internet Explorer in the case of web-based media.  If virtualisation is the aim, AOK can give you an idea of how your applications will behave in Microsoft App-V, VMware ThinApp, Symantec and Citrix environments.

Have you got bespoke applications that are causing concern, slowing down your migration project? Let us know!

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