Old and legacy systems i.e. Applications, underlying software such as OS, Databases are an important part of almost all organisations, especially the large ones. They may be difficult to run or pose issues. Yet, most organisations are unable to embark upon the journey to upgrade them because it is even more risky. The organisations are not sure whether the upgrade will progress smoothly or it will deliver the desired outcomes. Then there are costs involved and a failure may blot an unblemished track record!
Against this background, Envision IT is proposing to to make use of its decades of intellectual capital and a proven methodology to upgrade old and legacy applications with certainty, within fixed costs and quicker. When you agree, we would deliver a smooth business and digital transformation by streamlining and integrating business processes, taking into confidence and training users.
Envision IT follows a step by step process and each step is designed to provide you a measurable outcome. For example, you may start with pure technology upgrade i.e. upgrade your Software Licenses such as Microsoft Windows / SQL Server or Oracle My SQL, Linux, Database or other appliances. When needed, then we can assist you with data migration and data management activities. Some of the tools used by us for data management can provide you a snap shot of data very quickly and non intrusively. This can be followed by application upgrade and finally, business and digital transformation. Our process will take the same time and costs as a 'big bang' approach would do. The advantage is that your risk is low and you progress as you see the benefits. As there is no rework, you can expect to complete the task quickly.
The uncertainty about upgrade process and risks associated with it have kept several organisations away from upgrading their systems. We therefore are not surprised to find organisations with systems as old as SQL 2000 and Windows Server 2003. We believe Old and Legacy Application Upgrade provides you with a most cost effective opportunity to embark upon Business and Digital Transformation. Know more about Microsoft Applications Upgrade from Windows Server 2003 and SQL 2000 onwards>>.
To get you started, we are providing ballpark cost and time estimates for 'software upgrade' projects below. The cost and time varies and therefore, we recommend a one-hour session with your business and It to provide a reasonably close estimate for your setup.
Make use of our proven iterative methodology and practice to upgrade legacy applications, business processes and train your people to new age. We implement highly efficient business processes and new technologies without creating anxiety or stress in your people. The process operates in collaboration. It therefore is smooth and stress free. Iteration is built in the process. This eliminates unnecessary rework and allows us to deliver quicker than you think.
The world is changing. With us, you will find it is easy to change!
The future is here and now! We live in a world changing faster than ever. We are moving to a world of driverless cars, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence etc.
Against this backdrop, the biggest challenge for all organisations (business, government or non profit, big or small) is how to move on to this new world, with all the users, many of them not so tech savvy.
While there is a dire need because the systems are slow, sluggish, unstable and unreliable, yet it is very difficult to change them because:
While there are all sorts of concerns, in general everyone agrees, that the systems need to be upgraded because:
While it is understood that no set rules apply to these tasks, yet it is useful to know the anticipated cost and timeframes. Based on the range, you can judge from your assessment the likely costs. Or, you can just call us for 1 Hour meeting. Based on this, we will be able to provide reasonably good estimate on cost and time. To begin with, there can be three types of old / legacy applications, software or system upgrade as explained below:
Envision IT Development Framework
Based on these experiences, Envision IT has developed a software practice that finds a way through the dead ends and takes your systems to current or next generation. Our practice upgrades conventional applications to brand new WITHOUT disrupting core systems.
The advantage of this practice lies in developing systems that incorporate changing or evolving requirements and user feedback. This means, the new systems are what the organisations need and users love them! We have matured this practice that appears simple but requires expert handling.
The practice enables us deliver mid to large size applications (50-250 months) between 6-9 months even though the requirements may change or evolve. This is a very likely scenario because when the projects start and users get to see the systems (seeing is believing), they come up with new requirements.
Our practice is very simple and its just that we have mastered it. Continually improved, the practice has already been used to deliver over 100 projects successfully. The practice involves an App and /or web based front end and introducing a highly efficient conventional SQL or a big data database in the system. The database connects to legacy systems of the organisation and exchanges essential data with them. Envision IT builds new business functionality to manage day to day functions. This involves streamlining business processes, automating routine tasks such as import, export, report generation, alerts, automated emails, SMS, security, etc. The users access this system using apps or a browser. In some cases, we may go the conventional 'client server' way.
Success of the system lies in developing a series of functional prototypes that enable users to test the system. The prototypes validate requirements and incorporate feedback without impacting timelines and scope. We bring innovative edge by providing productivity tools such as Speech / Voice Recognition, Handwriting Recognition, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality etc. While it may seem far fetched right now, these technologies are current. When you need them, we have the expertise to incorporate these into your systems in a way users will use it!
Our main advantage lies in the fact that we involve users and incorporate feedback. This iterative process means there are no last minute surprises and users like the system. As a result, you retain your highly valuable, experienced resources who are now far more productive and efficient! Based on client prepared case studies, we understand productivity gains are between 40-85%.
We will transform your legacy, custom software, applications and products into a slick and smart system with:
In present times, businesses and product developers are saddled with old systems and technologies. While they take solace in claiming 'being pioneers' or 'own core knowledge of decades', the truth is that it is hampering their growth. The existing players mistakenly believe their clients do not need 'fancy stuff'; the sad reality is that armed with slick 'app' 'responsive' and 'cloud' based systems, the new competition is gnawing their roots.
Envision IT Software Upgrade practice is set up to provide software upgrade services to clients all over the globe. All our work is done in Australia that ensures high standards, quality, intuitiveness and delivery of fail proof, highly reliable products.
At the start of any project, our highly experienced sales team interacts with clients to assess requirements and gather information on what is needed. Based on this information, the sales team makes initial proposals that list solutions (multiple options if needed), technology, costs and timeframes. Typically 2-5 iterations of proposal happen before requirements and scope is finalised. Once this is done, the Sales team along with the development team, prepare ball park costs and time estimates. These are provided to the client. Up to this point, no cost is charged to client.
Once the ballpark costs are approved in principle, the project starts with 'system specifications'. Activities from this point onwards are billed.
As 'system specifications' overlay on 'business analysis'. Our general advice to clients is to not invest in business analysis before this stage as often the business requirements change and it may not be useful or will have to be done again.
Most of our interactions with clients take place at the start of the project and at the time of testing. Usually these are carried over phone and internet and sometimes, video conferencing. Other than this, we have a weekly update meeting between developers and technical / business stakeholders on client side. Any clarifications in between are sought and received over emails.
In general, work does not stop due to time difference because based on our experience, we make reasonable assumptions and make provisions for fallback. For the benefit of Europe and North American clients, typically our late afternoons or early mornings correspond to your mornings or late afternoons respectively. These are easily manageable with our flexi work environment.
As almost all our systems are web or cloud based, we provide developed software access to clients on our servers or clients' test servers. Typically our servers are broadly similar to client production servers but the client test servers are expected to be almost replica of production servers. Client is expected to provide test data or advise us early in the project if such data is to be organised by us. Once the testing is complete, the system is deployed on production servers. The 'apps' may be provided on 'preflight' servers and once approved, necessary files provided for vendor app stores for testing and then, actual production files.
As a thumb rule, production server deployment takes 2-3 days for the first time and client must provision for at least one day for subsequent deployments. This is because no matter what, Production Server security and systems are different and we are restricted in many ways to carry out deployment. On client side, 'production' app files such as .ipa files for apple are provided.
All our software come with 3 months warranty that also covers minor functionality changes such as spelling, syntax errors. Client may opt to start a new version during this time.
We provide training to 'trainers' who in turn are expected to provide training to end users. System documentation including source code with instructions is provided after receipt of 100% payment.
Our ongoing support involves bug fixes and minor enhancements. For major enhancements, requirements are collated and cost estimates provided. Once approved, the development is carried out. Typically, documentation is updated every six months unless there is a major upgrade.
While our methodology appears to be simple and and easy, like a good chef's recipe, it is not easy to put it in practice in-house. We therefore recommend you to take a proven path by engaging us in your journey to upgrade your software for the following reasons:
We invite organisations and product developers to make use of our expertise. Envision IT is Melbourne Australia based premier software products development company. We develop new and upgrade existing software products, enterprise and Line of Business applications.
Technologies used by Envision IT include Adobe, Microsoft and Oracle. We, however, partner with all major technology vendors and integrate with their products. Learn More
Upgrade Custom Software, Products, Applications, Databases, developed in-house or by third party, with or without documentation or source code, any technology, any programming language or platform, any era, from green screens of the 80's to current, quickly and reliably.