MultiValue Applications Have Been Around for Over 50 Years…Most of Them Look Like It!

If you are investigating the modernization of your company’s MultiValue legacy applications, you must ask yourself why are you doing this? The answer is probably because someone in the C-Suite wants it!

How do you take a green screen MultiValue legacy application and make it look as modern as any app running on a mobile device or desktop? How can it be done cheaply and delivered to market up to 10 times faster than long hand coding methods? Can MultiValue technologists and non-technical personnel work together to modernize legacy applications? All can be done with Evoke, the low-code/no-code rapid app development platform from BlueFinity.

And what does modernization mean anyway?

  1. One definition is to make old stuff look like and behave the same as the apps you have on your phone and modern desktop adding images and graphs (no green screen or terminal emulation on the web) or
  2. The Use of tools like RESTful services to integrate MultiValue with third-party applications, websites and/or SaaS?
  3. Move the legacy applications to the cloud?

Which benefits the company most? In my humble opinion, the first option is best when using Evoke and you can even include the cloud and integration to best of breed, third party apps.

There are important questions that must be asked before you even start the legacy software modernization project! Some of the first questions had best be, why do we want to do that? And what are we going to get out of modernizing the old stuff? Then there is where do I begin? Do our current staff of MultiValue Technologist have the technical expertise or do we hire outside consultants because we do not have the expertise: or do we go to school to learn the “how to”? How much will it cost? Will there be a positive ROI? How long is it going to take? Will we also be creating new apps at the same time? Are we going to be creating more technical debt and do I even know what that means? Is there a product in the MultiValue space that can modernize and increase the value of the legacy software as well as create new apps and have them run on watches, phones, tablets and the desktop? Can the app run on Android, iOS, Linux, macOS and Windows? Can I do it without getting a PHD?

With some training, Evoke will allow any technical developer as well as non-technical personnel to modernize legacy applications and create new native and web apps that are as modern as any app on a watch, phone, tablet, or desktop. It will run on Android, iOS, Linux, macOS and Windows. You create it once and it adapts to each device and operating environment. You do not have to write a web app for a desktop then take that app and modify it to run native on a phone. Development costs are less expensive than using Angular, RESTful services, MV Web building applications (ending up with web apps only). Support costs are cheap!

Here are some reasons why Evoke is the modernization platform of choice:

  • It is the only low-code/no-platform that supports MultiValue
  • Evoke also supports Informix, Oracle, SQL Server and its spin offs like MySQL, SQLite, etc.
  • Evoke supports all those diverse databases in a single app
  • A low-risk way to modernize legacy applications and create new native and web apps
  • Delivers value and innovation to the old legacy system by front-ending it with modern customer, partner and employee facing user interfaces
  • Extend the legacy applications’ lifeline
  • Lower development costs
  • Lower support costs
  • Cut into technical debt
  • Faster time to market
  • More manageable and reliable code
  • Great ROI
  • Improve customer satisfaction leading to increased business from current customers plus get new customers
  • Improve employee morale and productivity
  • Agility – ability to quickly change apps based upon changes to market and customer behavior as well as technology changes
  • Solves the programmer shortage problem
  • Create mobile and desktop apps without knowing anything about creating mobile and desktop apps – there goes the PHD
  • Design apps once and have it run on most devices and operating environments
  • Move to the cloud
  • Digital, digital, digital!

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