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Upgrade Old and Legacy Microsoft Applications

Upgrade Microsoft SQL 2000 / 2005 / 2008 / R2 and Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2008 R2 Applications

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Upgrade Windows 2003 / 2005 / 2008 and SQL 2000, 2005, 2008 Systemsctive and efficient

Executive Summary

Microsoft has announced End of Support for SQL Server 2008 including R2 (09 Jul 2019) and Windows Server 2008 including R2 edition on 14 Jan 2020.This will end of regular security updates. As a result, your SQL 2008 / R2 based Applications will become more vulnerable to new threats. We understand there are several organisations that have applications using SQL 2000, 2005 and Windows Server 2003.

We believe legacy and old application upgrade provides best use of your budgets to carry out business and digital transformation. This is because your core business rules are enshrines in these assets. With our approach, we are able to migrate these assets to newer platforms while performing much needed digital transformation such as making use of Apps, Face, Handwriting and Voice recognition, Web interactions, Integration with disparate systems such as CRM such as MS Dynamics, ERP (Oracle, SAP), Devices (Cameras, IoT, RFID), Equipment (boom gates, machines, motors, pumps, robots), business specific applications such as pay by phone system, VoIP, Video Conferencing in an integrated fashion.

Options for Upgrading SQL 2008 / Windows Server 2008 Applications

There are several options for Upgrading SQL 2008 / Windows Server 2008 Applications. Some of these apply for older versions as well.

  • Upgrade Applications with SQL 2008 / Windows Server 2008 / R2 | Windows Server 2008 / R2: This means upgrading these systems to newer versions of SQL and Windows Server and migrating the data as required. This would apply to upgrade of even older versions such as SQL Server 2005 and SQL 2000 and Windows Server 2003.
  • Move Applications with SQL 2008 / Windows Server 2008 / R2 | Windows Server 2008 / R2 to Azure: This means moving these systems i.e. applications and data to Azure Cloud. This will provide you additional 3 years support from Microsoft.

Envision IT Approach for SQL 2000 / 2005 / 2008 and Windows Server 2003 / 2008 Upgrade

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:

  • Technology Upgrade: In simple implementations, we may carry out a straight technology upgrade. In this, we tend to upgrade the operating system an database to the next level e.g. SQL 2008 and Windows Server 2008 will be upgrade to SQL 2012 or Windows Server 2012 respectively. The technology upgrade is useful because several organisations have systems that are supported only on these versions. The technology upgrade can be an 'in place' upgrade or may have to follow an upgrade regime. The upgrade on SQL Server 2008 / Windows Server 2008 may take from a few days to few weeks. There are tools available such as Carbonite that ease this migration. However as in all migrations, the systems have to be thoroughly tested and this takes time. To upgrade SQL 2000 /2005 and Windows Server 2003 based applications, we may adopt a step by step process i.e. upgrade them to 2008 editions first and them upgrade them to the next desired version.
  • Application Upgrade and Data Migration: The objective of this exercise is to carry out an upgrade in least costs and as soon as possible. This can happen for several reasons such as a need to overhaul the systems later or decision to migrate them to an 'off the shelf (COTS) system. This approach is used when the applications are not simple and the database makes use of 'stored procedures', a rigorous Application Upgrade and Data Migration approach is used. This often starts by setting up a reference system in our environment and then upgrading the application. In these exercise, we interact with stakeholders at several levels including users. Typically 2-3 iterations are carried our and the system tested by users. In this exercise, the changes to the application are minimal. The exercise may take between a few weeks to a few months.
  • Digital and Business Transformation: This is most effective and best use of your money as it delivers best outcomes at least costs. Depending upon size of the application and user spread (locations), the exercise may take between a few weeks to a few months. This exercise is good for all systems starting from Windows Server 2003 / SQL 2000 to all the way up to Windows Server 2016 / SQL 2017. The business and digital transformation exercise involves setting up of a reference system in our office and it is followed up with regular interactions with users and other stakeholders over emails, phone and workshops. The development process involves at least 3 iterations for the new application and data migration.

Software Licensing and Implementation Support

Should you require, Envision IT will provide complete end to end solution that includes Software Licensing and Implementing the new system on your on-premise or Azure cloud servers. Our work involves working with your regular IT and in general, they are happy to find us filling in the gap within their busy schedules. Most implementations and Migrations are done during after-hours, weekends or public holidays to obviate disruptions.

If you are using MS SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008 including R2, 2012 and / or Windows Server 2003, 2008 including R2, 2012 then call us today at 03 9802 5516 or email.

Ensuring Upgrade with Certainty | Proven Methodology and Practice

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.

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.

Proven Software Development Practice and Framework

Envision IT Development Framework

Audispect Architecture

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!

Successful Systems QUICKER within Budget and time

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%.

Typical Face of Your New System

We will transform your legacy, custom software, applications and products into a slick and smart system with:

  • Android, Apple, Windows App and/or responsive browser front end
  • Conventional SQL database such as MS SQL, Oracle 11g or NoSQL Big Data database such as Hortonworks / Cloudera, MongoDB etc.
  • On Premise, Hosted Server, Cloud (Azure, Amazon AWS, Private, Others)
  • Integrated, automated, streamlined business processes
  • Automated reports, attractive dashboards, visualisations

Why business and Digital Transformation?

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:

  • The organisations have built the systems (electronic, paper based or mix) over decades. No one really knows the business logic at the back end. What if the new application misses a point or logic? The resulting errors could be costly!
  • The systems are tied with security. Changing them may compromise security. Another facet is that the old systems are vulnerable and an upgrade may increase vulnerability.
  • Systems can't be upgraded without investing enormous amount of effort or money. Then, there is a fear or time and cost overruns.
  • There is a concern that the new systems may not meet the requirements or users will not accept them.
  • Systems are slow and sluggish but working anyway!

While there are all sorts of concerns, in general everyone agrees, that the systems need to be upgraded because:

  1. They are inefficient and users waste a lost of time. They reduce productivity, lose business and cause stress.
  2. The general perception from users about organisations and IT is poor because in their personal lives, they use apps and systems that work flawlessly with clockwork precision.
  3. Businesses lose money and are unable to stay ahead of competition with organisations failing in duty of care
  4. Government loses out on governance because they do not have good enough systems.

Envision IT Advantage

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.

  • Our client prepared case studies indicate 35-80% improvement in operational efficiencies or cost reduction or savings or increased revenues.
  • Our expertise lies in developing next generation systems involving smart and slick 'app' or 'responsive' browser front end, big database, streamlined business processes and automated reports. Invariably, we would integrate disparate systems and automate routine task to weed out inefficiencies.
  • Over the last 17+ years in this business, we have developed huge intellectual capital in 100+ projects, spec-ing, developing and upgrading software products for different industry verticals such as Audits, distribution, environment, Central or Federal Government, inspections, corporate, general business, entrepreneurs, health, local government, logistics, manufacturing, parking, sustainability, transport, vending etc. having worked in many industry verticals, we bring you the best practices from all over, as they apply to your business.
  • We cover all major and many niche technology vendors, hardware devices and equipment, applications and networking. This means once the project is with us, we will do all the work and be responsible for overall performance.

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

Types of Software Upgrade Projects delivered

  1. Upgrade Custom Software Developed in-house or by Third Party

    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.

  2. Upgrade custom and bespoke software applications to make then run better and faster
    We upgrade and migrate Software Applications, whether in-house or third party developed, with or without proper documentation and sometimes, even without source code.
  3. Upgrade Software Products
    Similar to Software Applications, Software Products upgrade means making them compatible with new OS, databases, Internet Browsers, Mobile Devices, etc. The often sought service in this sector is to make them run with 64 Bit systems or other software packages such Microsoft Office 2013.
    The second upgrade task involves adding functionality and features in existing products.
    And the third is to make the software product perform faster and slicker, by mobile enabling, adding new users, web enabling and more as explained below.
  4. Upgrade Enterprise and 'Line of Business' (LoB) Applications
    Requirements to upgrade Enterprise Applications and LoBs is similar to software Applications and Products. The added requirement here is to integrate them with disparate products that the organisation started using and disconnecting them from the products that the organisation no longer uses.
    Second requirement is to develop fast reports and attractive dashboards, both for management and users alike.
  5. Extend Enterprise Applications to Mobile devices and Cloud Enable Existing Applications and products
  6. Following from above is the requirement to port the existing applications i.e. make them available on mobile devices such as phones and tablets (notebook is now called laptop not mobile!). This involves us writing interfaces that collect and collate information from disparate sources within an organisation and presenting it on mobile devices.
    Occasionally, we may delve into upgrading existing mobile applications. This happens when original developers are no longer available or too busy to undertake upgrading. Our work often comes with a 'on need basis' support plan to keep upgrade costs low.
  7. Upgrade Web Applications and Web Portals
    With time, new browsers appear and need arises to make the web applications compatible with new browsers. Also, often the databases bloat and whole lot of new users join in.
    This requires extending database capability and organising them in a way to keep them efficient. When web portals become global, we take care of country or region specific semantics like currency, weather, holidays, customs, cultural acclimatisation and more for our clients.
    We also organise servers in different regions to meet security and privacy of data as demanded by different countries. Web applications may include online payment systems and payment gateway integration.
  8. Upgrade APIs, Connectors, Plug Ins, Web Services
    This involves upgrading APIs, Connectors, Plug Ins and Web Services for our clients to match changing requirements of technology, OS and products that integrate with it.
  9. Upgrade embedded programming and writing device drivers
    It is often offered as part of major projects.
  10. Make reports run faster and attractive dashboards
    This involves improving reports, querying, look and feel, automated dispatch and delivery to stakeholders, adding, removing or editing new fields as well as adding new integrating interfaces. Executive dashboards change to reflect requirements of the day.
  11. Making your databases and reports efficient
    Database tuning is integral part of our software development process. This expertise is also offered as a stand alone service because this often is a project in itself. Database tuning involves the following:
    Improving Queries and Stored Procedures: Improve and rewrite queries to match new databases and software environments.
    Splitting and reorganising databases: Split and reorganise to effectively manage large data and especially managing situation of global spread
    Data Management Plan: Effectively Manage Databases, back up plans.
  12. Migration of application and data to another
    This involves migrating application and data from one platform to another. Though previously used when the technologies or technology companies became extinct, we are seeing this movement now as organisations try to consolidate or diversify business to optimise cost and efficiency.