November 1, 2017
How can the partnership between NashTech and Wayfare help your business capitalise on the technology trends in the market?
Wayfare CEO, Wim Martens, explains.
The partnership between NashTech and Romanian nearshore sourcing provider, Wayfare is opening the door to a whole host of new and exciting technology areas for customers looking to reap the rewards of their legacy investments. New functionality areas that bring applications up to date with today’s agile business requirements are among the key developments.
Clients can now leverage all the advantages of on, near and offshore solutions under a single contract with a single point of contact providing a seamless engagement experience.
NashTech’s partnership with Wayfare offers nearshore development capabilities to customers running legacy applications developed using Progress technology without the need for them to invest in skills in-house. Wayfare CEO, Wim Martens, explains some of the key technology drivers capturing the imagination of clients across a number of sectors and how they stand to benefit companies investing in them.
There is a huge opportunity for the significant base of customers already using Progress. Indeed, some of them have been running applications for two decades. The world is moving towards more agile ways of working and applications built 10 or 20 years ago need to be modernised to cope with those new challenges”
Companies have already invested huge amounts in developing applications that have become cornerstones of their business. At the same time, legacy development activity often isn’t properly documented, so throwing out applications to start again from scratch is neither realistic nor cost effective. And, given the business critical nature of much of this software, the ‘Big Bang’ approach to modernisation simply doesn’t work, Martens says.
"The challenge customers have is that there is so much functionality in these apps – sometimes 40 man years of effort, that it’s close to impossible to rebuild an application in one go. It’s a case of identifying modules and rebuilding them one by one”
This tried and tested approach means that all the investment made in previous versions of software development is kept and reused.
The new functionality most eagerly sought after by customers span many areas, outlined below:
Demand for applications that offer access to software while on the move and from a variety of devices offers huge potential benefits to customers. No wonder that requirements for mobile working capabilities have exploded over recent time as business recognises the productivity, efficiency and client engagement benefits of a mobile approach. Of course, the security aspects of mobile capabilities need to be top of the agenda to ensure that systems aren’t compromised. “This has to be done in a secure environment and executed as efficiently as possible with the relevant information for the specific parties involved,” Martens says.
Business rules management
Any businesses that have processes for the way transactions are performed can benefit from business process rules management. This allows you to define the different steps that a business goes through to automate that process. The trick is to do it in a way that remains flexible to the organisation, using intuitive tools that allow routing of processes defined by end users. The Corticon Business Rules Engine empowers IT and business users to manage business rules outside the application—without coding. Automating sophisticated decision processes in this way can reduce development and change cycles by up to 90%.
The user interfaces of ten years ago were primarily focused on presenting data. But today, visualisation capabilities have evolved to the extent that icons, buttons and pictures are an expected part of the user experience. Optimising the user experience of your applications is about far more than simply offering an application that looks great; it’s about efficiency and productivity benefits. “What’s also true is that if you’re selling an application, the look and feel is so important these days that it needs to be close to perfect. In fact, people expect it,” Martens says.
Connected devices and the ability for them to communicate via the Internet and stream useful data, presents a massive potential productivity gain to businesses. As technology trends go, it’s huge, with analyst Gartner predicting that more than $440bn will be spent on the IoT in 2020. “This is about streaming data, analysing it in real-time and reacting in a proactive way,” Martens explains.
All of these market trends are applicable to existing users of Progress applications. “Any of our users that want to move forward or be more competitive should look at these things. We can provide the right people to realise their goals,” Martens says.
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