CM First Solves Legacy Application Problem When Microsoft Drops Support

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Modernization Solves the Problem When Microsoft Drops Support for Visual Studio 2005 and Does Even More For Legacy Applications

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John Rhodes, CTO, said, “CM First can help get the modernization process started with on-demand support for uplifting CA Plex, replacing obsolete ActiveX controls with Web and .NET controls, implementing DevOps, and more.”

Developers generating C++ apps from CA Plex: Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio 2005 will no longer be supported after April 12, 2016. Many CA Plex development shops use Visual Studio to compile and package generated C++ applications; soon, a new solution will be needed.

There is a straightforward solution – start generating modern stack apps using either Java/CM WebClient or C#/.NET. The company’s model-based business logic is preserved, but new possibilities open for deploying the UX to browsers, mobile devices, and cloud-based infrastructures like AWS or Azure.

John Rhodes, CTO, said, “CM First can help get the modernization process started with on-demand support for uplifting CA Plex, replacing obsolete ActiveX controls with Web and .NET controls, implementing DevOps, and more.”

For Microsoft .NET shops, CM First has a services offering that takes advantage of the new capabilities of CA Plex 7.2, which include enhanced .NET Web Services Deployment and a simplified .NET development workflow. Migration to the .NET WPF client from C++ to easier with ActiveX control bridging. A much-requested feature—easier deployment of WCF Service Connector IIS—is now available. One key customer, Amari Metal, demonstrated the ability to move from C++ to a C# WPF client through the methodology. http://plex2e.com/conference/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/6th-CA-2E-CA-Plex-CA-Plex-Migrating-from-C++-to-C-WPF-client.pdf

For those more oriented to Java and Web solutions, CM First can also help with the migration of C++ MFC UX applications to the Web and mobile by regenerating code as Java-based web apps. The modernized app can be then deployed to all popular browsers and as tablet/phone apps. Of the many success stories, one example is a logistics management company, who recently redeployed significant logistics management functionality from C++/RPG to Java/Web/Mobile, deploying the new stack on a global scale Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure. A modernization success story is coming soon. Watch for it on this link: http://www.cmfirstgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/logistics-management-company-achieves-web-and-mobile-success.pdf

CM First is a CA Authorized Partner. Services and support are detailed on the website: http://www.cmfirstgroup.com/services/technical_services/

A number of clients have already made the move which results in applications able to support cross-browser, rich internet applications, mobile devices, and/or alternative databases, operating systems, and the cloud. Contact CM First to learn more about the capabilities; proven results with other clients ensure a rapid result.

About CM First Group
CM First is a global software and services company established in 1999 with a focus on modernizing applications, managing technical debt and the agile development of enterprise apps. Delivery areas include; migrations of software code, databases and IBM hardware, custom app, architecture and API development, mobility solutions and knowledge transfer. CM First works with hundreds of IBM and CA Technologies business-critical systems worldwide, with numerous reference customers covering industries as diverse as logistics, travel, insurance, food processing and oil and gas construction.

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