Mobilize.Net Accelerates App Modernization to the Web via WebMAP
by DeeDee Walsh, on Wed, Nov, 14, 2012 @ 15:11 PM
BELLEVUE, WA – Nov 14, 2012 - Mobilize.Net, the leading provider of modernization solutions for legacy applications, today announced the Web Modernization Accelerator Program (WebMAP™), the fastest, most cost-effective way to move Visual Basic 6, .NET and Powerbuilder applications to the web. WebMAP provides a complete modernization solution that includes automated software analysis and transformation tools, professional engineering services and 24/7 developer support. Benefits include a dramatic (up to 80%) savings in total project cost, as well as radical improvements in time to market with 75% reduction in overall project schedule compared with manual rewrites. Mobilize.Net is led by CEO Tom Button, the former long-time corporate vice president of Microsoft Developer Division, who led the ascent of Microsoft’s developer tools business to its height of influence in the industry and which now accounts for $2 billion in revenue for Microsoft.
Countless enterprise IT departments are grappling with 15-20 year-old source code that has become outdated, obsolete, unsupported, and doesn’t address the requirements of newer platforms, such as the web, cloud, or mobile devices. In addition, 59% of IT leaders place modernization as their top software issue . In response to enterprise’s need to move to the web, Mobilize.Net created WebMAP.
“There are billions and billions of lines of legacy VB6, .NET, and Powerbuilder code in ISVs and enterprises today. Modernization technology can provide migration solutions that are vastly more efficient and less risky, preserving the value of the business IP in the legacy code, while updating the architecture to breathe new life into aging software assets,” said Tom Button, CEO of Mobilize.Net. “With WebMAP, we can do just that by helping companies quickly, easily and safely move their working code to the latest web architecture, without introducing the bugs or project risks that plague manual rewrites.”
WebMAP Automated Tools Can Migrate Up to 95% of Code to Web Standards
The conversion technology behind WebMAP has been successfully used on thousands of projects and billions of lines of code and is Microsoft’s chosen migration solution for .NET. It generates 100% native code with no reliance on proprietary third party runtimes with costly ongoing license fees. Moreover, it reduces the number of lines of code developers need to write and reduces the cost of development. All of this allows the development teams to focus on adding new features that take advantage of the target platform rather than throwing out and rewriting functionality that works.
Features of the WebMAP automation technology include:
- Automatic code separation technology divides application code optimally between web clients and servers, an innovation unique to WebMAP. The resulting application is multi-tier, multi-tenant, and web-enabled, ideal for mobile device clients and software as a service models.
- Ability to customize the tooling to fit specific customer needs such as preferred architecture, custom component mappings, and company coding standards, making the resulting app easy to maintain and extend with new functionality going forward.
- Semantic rather than just syntactic code analysis and transformation, resulting in a code base on the new platform that accurately reflects the developer’s original intent with pattern matching and optimizations over blocks of code, not simply line by line.
Based on ArtinSoft’s automation technology which has been used by hundreds of thousands of developers, WebMAP combines its proven transformation technology with on-site engineering services to accelerate the total project timeline.
Services and Support for Guaranteed Success
In addition to the modernization technology in WebMAP, Mobilize.Net provides extensive modernization expertise, including comprehensive services and support that enable customers to fully internalize and understand the resulting IP of the migrated application so they can readily maintain and extend it going forward. Specifically, the services team provides project planning, estimation and best practices expertise, on-site migration engineer, custom training, dedicated engineers with 24x7x365 guaranteed availability and mobile device client configuration testing on all major client configuration hardware and software stacks including iOS, Android and others if needed. Mobilize.Net also continues the Artinsoft tradition of providing a fixed price bid with on all turnkey projects.
Customer and Partner Praise for Mobilize.Net Technology and Services
The combined team at Mobilize.Net has been serving enterprise firms for almost 20 years. Clients include Boeing, Citigroup, Duke Energy, Prudential and many more.
“Mobilize.Net offers valuable technology and services that help customers more easily modernize their legacy applications for use on today’s modern platforms and devices,” said Tom Lindeman, Director of the Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program at Microsoft. “Mobilize.Net WebMAP is a great example of how our key partners are creating practical and innovative solutions that customers can use to solve challenging, real-world problems.”
“Working with Mobilize.Net was a great experience because of their strong focus on customer satisfaction,” said Janet Barton, Director of Operations at National Systems Corporation. “Mobilize.Net has extensive expertise in modernization and was able to guide our project and offer us options to fully meet our requirements. The project had a set cost and set schedule and that made it a great value. I was especially impressed by their thorough approach – they asked questions until they understood everything about our project – which isn’t a typical skill of technical developers. The upshot was that they delivered exactly what we wanted.”
“Mobilize.Net gave me a very cost-effective way to move my application from an outdated platform to the web. Their service and support were stellar.” said David Hutchins, CEO, Hutchins Systems.
Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the process of bringing software applications forward to web and mobile platforms. Extending ArtinSoft’s industry leading Computer Aided Software Modernization (CASM) technology, which millions of developers have already used to successfully modernize billions of lines of code, enterprise customers can reduce risk, cost and time while moving applications to the platforms users demand. The privately-held Mobilize.Net is based in Bellevue, WA, and is led by former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tom Button. For more information, please go to www.mobilize.net.
Dee Dee Walsh
VP of Marketing & Business Development
 Forrester Consulting, 2010