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GuardSquare welcomes Mobilize.Net CEO and former Microsoft VP Tom Button to its Board

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Wed, Apr, 05, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

Leuven, Belgium, April 5, 2017GuardSquare, the industry leader in mobile application security and protection, today announced the appointment of Mobilize.Net CEO and former Microsoft Corporate Vice President Tom Button, to its Board of Directors effective immediately. Button brings a wealth of experience in developer tools and platforms to the GuardSquare Board, where he will focus on growth strategy and expanding operations in North America.

Invaluable experience

Button is currently President and CEO of Mobilize.Net, the company he co-founded in 2012 that develops tools to migrate software from legacy environments to modern web, mobile and cloud platforms and architectures. Prior to Mobilize, Button was Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corp, leading engineering and/or product management teams for Microsoft’s most successful platform and tools products including Visual Basic, Visual Studio, MSDN, .NET, and Microsoft Windows.  Button continues to serve as Advisor and Board member to various high-tech startups in Seattle and around the world.

Heidi Rakels, CEO of GuardSquare, is convinced that Tom Button’s experience and skills will be a valuable complement to the expertise the company already has: “Tom has in-depth knowledge of today’s digital ecosphere and an impressive track record in corporate strategy, marketing and product development. He is also intimately familiar with the dynamics of developer platforms and evangelism in North America. This makes him uniquely qualified to secure our position in the US and help drive global growth.”

GuardSquare and the US market

GuardSquare has been present in North-America since its establishment in 2014, building a large, loyal, and growing customer base. The opening of permanent US operations in the Summer of 2016 has been instrumental in that expansion.  Now with the addition of Button to its Board of Directors, GuardSquare takes another step toward becoming the global leader in mobile application security.

“I am honored to join GuardSquare’s Board at this exciting time in its history,” said Button. “GuardSquare is poised for rapid growth given the combination of strong market position and unique technology which addresses a critical and growing need. The challenge of securing corporate IP on mobile devices is everywhere, and GuardSquare is in a great position to lead the charge.”

About GuardSquare

GuardSquare is the global reference in mobile application protection. GuardSquare develops premium software for the protection of mobile applications against reverse engineering and hacking. The company’s products are used across the world in a broad range of industries, from financial services, e-commerce and the public sector to telecommunication, gaming and media. GuardSquare is based in Leuven (Belgium) and San Francisco (USA). For more information, visit

About Mobilize.Net

Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the transformation of software applications to .NET, web, mobile, and cloud platforms. Millions of developers have used Mobilize.Net technology to successfully modernize billions of lines of code. Mobilize.Net solutions enable customers to reduce risk, cost, and time while moving applications to the platforms businesses demand today. Mobilize.Net migration technology is Microsoft’s chosen solution for Visual Studio and MSDN customers. The privately-held Mobilize.Net is based in Bellevue, WA, and is led by former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tom Button. For more information, go to

Topics: software development, Mobile Application Development, Android, iOS, Mobile security

Mobilize.Net Collaborates With Microsoft on Tool to Accelerate Developer Adoption of Windows 10

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Apr, 30, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Mobilize.Net Announces Tool to Convert Windows Phone Applications to the Recently Unveiled Windows 10 Unified API

At the Microsoft Build 2015 event today, Mobilize.Net, a leading provider of application modernization products and services, announced an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to develop and release a tool that significantly accelerates conversion of applications written for Windows Phone to run on the much anticipated Windows 10 devices. The tool will parse and analyze the source code of Windows Phone Silverlight applications, and translate forms, controls, properties, methods, events and other API to their closest analog on Windows 10. This tool will dramatically reduce the time and effort needed for developers to move portfolios of applications to Windows 10. The new applications will run on the full range of Windows 10 devices including PCs, phones, and IoT devices.

“Our tools make source code mobile, so applications can efficiently move to the latest platforms without the time, cost, or risk inherent in a rewrite,” said Tom Button, CEO at Mobilize.Net. “By partnering with Microsoft, we are paving the road for apps to move quickly from Windows Phone Silverlight to Windows 10, accelerating the adoption of the new Universal Windows Platform.”

“Mobilize.Net has a long history of providing tools that help developers transform existing applications to the latest platforms,” said John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow at Microsoft. “Not only did they build the tools that migrated millions of Visual Basic developers to .NET, now they are helping .NET developers bridge their Windows Phone applications to the universal Windows platform and cloud. This new tool will enable developers to significantly accelerate their move from Silverlight Windows Phone to Windows 10.”

Migrates Apps in One Third the Time for Maximum Developer Productivity

The Mobilize.Net migration tool will be released as an add-in to Microsoft Visual Studio 2015, available for free to all Windows developers. The tool will transform C# source code originally written for Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1 into source code targeting the new Universal Windows Platform, enabling the new application to run on any Windows 10 device. Leveraging the automated code analysis and transformation technology in WebMAP2 (also announced today), this Visual Studio Add-In will enable complete migrations in a third or less of the time required for a manual rewrite, dramatically reducing cost and eliminating project risk associated with manual rewrites. Developers will be able to download, install and use the tool directly from within Visual Studio. The tool will be available for free both from the MSDN and Mobilize.Net websites.

Open Source Extensibility

The tool will contain a rich extensibility model open to all developers, which will enable third parties to add to the library of available mappings and transformations. Any developer can contribute to the project and the resulting mappings will also be freely available.

Timing and Availability

Developers can check out the demo at Build in the demo zone area on the second floor. The tool will be available first as a technical preview in Q3, 2015. Go to to get on the list for the pre-release.  

Topics: application migration, Mobile Application Development, Windows 8, Silverlight, Windows 10, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Silverlight

Mobilize.Net Launches WebMAP2 Cloud-Based App Analysis and Migration Solutions on Studio.Mobilize.Net

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Apr, 30, 2015 @ 00:04 AM

On-Demand Application Analysis and Migration Services Now Available Online.

Includes Instant PoCs with Before and After Code Compare and UI Previews.

Mobilize.Net today announced that WebMAP2, the industry’s leading tool for mobilizing Windows applications, is now available in the cloud, on-demand, at In its latest update, WebMAP2 delivers detailed application analytics and visualization, a graphical summary of the readiness of the application for automated migration to mobile, web, and cloud, and instant proofs of concepts previewing generated code, app architecture, and migrated user interface. Developers can try it for free at and experience WebMAP2 first-hand.

“The most common question we hear from customers is ‘should I replace or rewrite my classic Windows applications, or can I bring them forward to the world of web, mobile, and cloud?’ WebMAP2 answers the question by providing powerful application analysis instantly, online,” said Tom Button, Mobilize.Net CEO. “Customers can immediately gain insight into what it takes to migrate their code to web, mobile, and cloud. Then with the full support of Mobilize.Net’s more than 20 years of experience, their project is guaranteed to be 100% successful: on-time, on-budget, functionally equivalent, and performant.”

Key features and updates in WebMAP2 include:

Convenient, On-Demand, Self-Serve Portal – Available 24/7

  • Analyze Applications Before Migrating. Analyze applications and get free reports on
    • Application size and structure
    • Dependency graph
    • References to external resources
    • Controls and UI components used
    • APIs accessed per control
    • Readiness analysis for move to HTML5


  • Preview Migrated Applications
    • Compare original and migrated code side-by-side to see readability, maintainability
    • Inspect converted application structure and architecture before full migration is complete
    • See preview of the raw HTML rendering of converted forms with mapped controls

Automated Web App Creation with Modern Web Architecture

WebMAP2 refactors C#/Winforms applications to modern, industry standard, cloud-ready MVC web architecture supporting mobile HTML5 clients. Apps delivered by WebMAP2 are architecturally clean without proprietary runtimes. The migrated mobile applications can be run on premise or deployed to the cloud. In addition, WebMAP2 preserves variable names, comments, and structure, ensuring readability and maintainability of the resulting application. Customers starting from VB6 can use WebMAP2 also, using Mobilize.Net’s latest VBUC as the first pass.

Customers and Partners Rely on Mobilize.Net Modernization

Organizations are using WebMAP2 to accelerate the adoption of modern platforms. Prior to its broad release, WebMAP2 has been used to successfully migrate more than 10 million lines of C#/Winforms code and tens of thousands of Windows forms to HTML5. As a result, WebMAP2 includes thousands of mappings, support for hundreds of the most common controls, to generate native HTML5. Companies using WebMAP2 range from insurance to healthcare to financial services to manufacturing.

  • ROI for WebMAP2*
    • A leading restaurant chain with a massive delivery business had an unwieldy VB6 application that required complicated maintenance and installation. The company had attempted to rewrite the application three prior times but had repeatedly failed. By using WebMAP2, the company not only got its app up and running within three months, but also met all of its performance and reliability metrics – important when any delay or downtime translates to millions of dollars of lost revenue.
    • One of the world’s largest asset tracking companies chose to use WebMAP2 to migrate their asset tracking system after evaluating the cost and time of doing a manual rewrite. Realizing that a manual rewrite would take at least 3X the money and would double the time it would take to get to market, the company was able to save more than $5M and estimated they beat a manual rewrite by more than a year.
    • One of the world’s largest software companies used WebMAP2 to migrate a large, complicated but unscalable line-of-business order entry application that accounts for $800M of revenue. With WebMAP2, the application was migrated and running on the new platform in three months vs a year. In addition to saving $3M via WebMAP2, the company also protected itself from lost revenues from an obsolete architecture.
    • A leading provider of healthcare management solutions had a mission-critical application that was tethered to a proprietary browser – which complicated portability and also caused issues with Meaningful Use compliance. The company had tried unsuccessfully to rewrite the application but ultimately turned to WebMAP2 counting on its reputation for 100% success.
    • One of the world’s leading providers of financial services technology had multiple versions of a tax application running on obsolete technology and facing government compliance issues. By using WebMAP2 to migrate the code base to HTML5, the company saved over $4M plus at least a year of development time.

“In order to stay relevant in today’s mobile-first, cloud first world, enterprises everywhere are looking to transform their legacy applications,” said Mitra Azizirad, General Manager of Developer Platform Marketing and Sales at Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft Azure, combined with Visual Studio and Mobilize.Net’s modernization technology and expertise, help accelerate our customers’ process of moving their applications to the cloud.”  

"Pruvo’s mission is to ensure software quality from end to end and we identified Mobilize.Net as the best market solution for migration. Together, we can empower our customers so they are able to preserve previous investments and knowledge, opening doors to a wide range of technologies as web, mobile and cloud. WebMAP2 provides code quality and reduces the time and cost of moving applications to modern platforms. We look forward to continued collaboration in this great partnership with Mobilize.Net ", said André Sorpreso, general manager at Pruvo.

“At Crosslake Technologies, it’s important for us to provide premier services to our customers, said Russ Albright, Principal at Crosslake Technologies. “Mobilize.Net WebMAP2 has provided real value to us, helping us to manage large projects and ensure 100% customer satisfaction. We look forward to continuing to partner with Mobilize.Net to help customers accelerate the move to cloud-enabled mobile platforms.”

*Contact Mobilize.Net to talk with real customers.

Topics: manual rewrite, application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic, HTML5, Mobile Application Development, MVC, convert Windows to Web, Windows 10

Enterprise Software Pioneer Joins Mobilize.Net Advisory Board

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Thu, Aug, 07, 2014 @ 00:08 AM

Paul Butterworth, former CTO of Forte, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and several software startups, joins Mobilize.Net advisory board.

BELLEVUE, WA – Aug 6, 2014 – Mobilize.Net, the leading provider of enterprise software modernization technology for mobile and cloud, today announced the addition of Paul Butterworth to the Mobilize.Net Advisory Board. Paul Butterworth is a pioneer in the enterprise software space and has successfully created and led the development of several enterprise software start-ups including Forte Software NASDAQ: FRTE (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999) and AmberPoint (acquired by Oracle NASDAQ: ORCL in 2010). Mr. Butterworth will help guide Mobilize.Net to realize the vision of bringing valuable line of business applications software into the world of mobile devices connected to the cloud.  “Paul’s insights into mobility and cloud and his expertise in working with organizations as CTO will be invaluable as we transform customers’ legacy applications for mobile devices hosted on cloud-based services.” said Tom Button, President and CEO of Mobilize.Net.

About Paul Butterworth

Paul ButterworthPaul Butterworth is currently Executive Vice President, Engineering at You Technology Inc. Past roles include Co-founder and CTO of Emotive, where he conceived and designed the Emotive Cloud Platform for enterprise mobile computing. Before that, Paul was an Architect at Oracle and a founder & CTO at AmberPoint where he directed the technical strategy for the AmberPoint SOA governance products. Prior to AmberPoint, Paul was a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technologist for the Developer Tools Group at Sun Microsystems and a founder, Chief Architect and Senior Vice President of Forte Software. Paul also served as Chief Systems Architect at Ingres. Paul holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science from UC Irvine.

About Mobilize.Net

Mobilize.Net accelerates and simplifies the transformation of software applications to .NET, web, mobile, and cloud platforms. Millions of developers have used Mobilize.Net technology to successfully modernize billions of lines of code. Mobilize.Net solutions enable customers to reduce risk, cost, and time while moving applications to the platforms businesses demand today. Mobilize.Net migration technology is Microsoft's chosen solution for Visual Studio and MSDN customers. 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 

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Topics: SUN, Oracle, software development, application modernization, Mobile Application Development, Paul Butterworth

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