Posted by:Ranjani Rao May 13th, 2015

The progression from desktop to web to mobile has been the natural order of things. But going from a desktop application directly to a mobile app has not been that uncommon either and for good reason.

Companies have used internal desktop applications for a variety of purposes such as processing data, simulating models, running reports. These applications are niche and meant for employee use in very specific cases. There wasn’t a compelling reason was for making this available on the web as employees needed to access web applications on their desktops anyway.

However the mobile revolution has forced companies to reevaluate these legacy applications from a number of perspectives.

Here are a few considerations when moving a legacy desktop application to mobile

  • The biggest driver for this jump from legacy to mobile is the employee expectations around mobile access – desktop applications with their arcane UI and clunky behavior just do not cut it anymore. Employees want something more usable and of course something that they can “carry” with them

  • Security and sensitivity of the internal data and processes is of paramount consideration and companies would need to opt for robust device and application management solutions (MAM/MDM) for this purpose.

  • Translating a desktop application to a mobile experience can actually be a valuable streamlining effort where the application can be made leaner and faster, leading to productivity gains so that the mobile initiative ultimately pays for itself. It can even mean discarding portions of applications that are not being used and combining workflows for faster outcomes.

  • Making the data and flows be available to a mobile platform will require a technology shift to an intelligent middle tier for rules and data processing. But this investment will provide the additional benefit of serving other channels because it can be designed to be platform agnostic. In fact, a lot of replicated logic across different applications can now be centralized, leading to lower maintenance costs and quicker time to market.

  • One of the biggest benefits is lower ongoing maintenance costs. Legacy applications are expensive to maintain because of scarcity of resources who know outdated technologies, lack of support from vendors because of outdated platforms, licensing issues to name a few.

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