Application Upgrades & Rewrites

All software applications will eventually need an upgrade or perhaps a rewrite.  Technology continues to advance at warp speed, which makes it necessary for competitive businesses to address their legacy software challenges. Perhaps the architecture of a monolithic legacy application won’t allow new features to be developed.  Maybe an organization can’t find developers with the skills to enhance the application any longer.  And eventually the operating system, database and even hardware will no longer be supported by the manufacturers, in which case the application becomes extremely expensive to maintain.

Brainspire typically addresses software upgrades with 3 strategies.  The first option is to upgrade the application over time if possible by porting or upgrading only prioritized portions of an application as needed.  While this approach can be helpful to solve immediate problems, new challenges will surface as new code and legacy code will live side by side.  This approach basically buys time until the organization is ready to make a more significant investment.

The second approach is to rewrite the application with modern architectures and technologies, using the current functionality to guide the project.  This approach is generally used when new features aren’t necessary or when new feature enhancements can be added after the rewrite is completed.  The rewrite approach has a relatively low impact to the business in terms of the day-to-day time commitments as current functionality is simply replicated.   Depending on size and complexity of the application the duration and cost of the project could be significant.

The third option is to replace the application, again using modern architectures and technologies.  This strategy is used when the business wants to add an abundance of new features or change the functionality significantly.  With the replace approach, new user stories are created which has a significant impact on the time commitment of key personnel.  The replace approach can be considered a new software development project, and the client should be prepared to invest the time and resources necessary for delivery of a successful project.   Through proper discovery and analysis, Brainspire makes recommendations for the best approach to take to achieve the best return on the investment.

Recently, a Denver based business that focuses on employment and criminal background checks hired Brainspire to replace a 15-year old web application that was written using classic ASP.  The hardware was no longer supported, maintenance was costly and the business risks were growing month after month.  The client envisioned a replacement application to modernize their business processes and service offerings.  Brainspire worked with the client to reduce the immediate risk by migrating the ASP code off of the old hardware to an Azure cloud environment.  A rewrite strategy was chosen to develop their solution with a modern interface, new business process workflows, new service layers and a new database design leveraging the MVC framework, Microsoft .NET, and SQL Server in an Azure cloud environment for development, test, staging and production.

Custom Application Development - FAQs

What are the advantages of customized software?

Simply put, customized software solutions are created to work with how the client works. Tailoring software to the specific needs of the client means that the user experience can also be customized, which can lead to increased productivity. Customized software can also be maintained to the client's specifications including security, scalability, and technical support. It's a worthy long-term investment for as long as the client is willing to use the software.

What are the things to consider for using custom development?

Important considerations for using custom software development include the technical needs of the client, the maintenance process for the software, the return on investment and the impact of software use on the client's staff. Here are some important questions to ask: What purpose does the software serve? Who will train users to use the software? How will it make life easier for the software's users? What methodology is involved to balance business and software development goals?

What are the advantages of code refactoring?

Code refactoring is the process of restructuring software code with the purpose of improving its internal structure and non-functional features. Code refactoring cleans up the software's code to make it more efficient and maintainable, which can also improve how the software is implemented. Aspects of software implementation affected by code refactoring includes performance, maintainability, security, interoperability, extensibility, and scalability.

When should you refactor and rewrite?

Deciding to refactor and/or rewrite depends on how much change is required for the software solution to run properly. Refactoring software code means making manageable changes to the software without major overhauls that can slow down its progress. On the other hand, a complete rewrite of software code may change the foundations of the code altogether, which can then accommodate updated development technologies or application languages. The decision to make changes in software depends on factors such as the application, the team's capabilities, and the client's goals for the application and the cost of maintaining the current software versus the cost to rewrite.

What does application development include?

Application development involves the design, construction, and implementation of software applications. The process of development also includes planning, analysis, testing, and support for the application being developed. Depending on the size of the enterprise, it can be done by a single developer or a dedicated team.

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    Cloud Based Software Development
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Custom Application Development

Brainspire Solutions creates full stack custom software applications that perfectly match your company’s needs. Why settle for out of the box software that doesn’t meet your exact needs when you can have a solution the precisely meets how you work. Our consultants drive the process for capturing requirements, providing an estimate, planning, architecture & development and solution delivery.


Data & Business Intelligence

Brainspire’s business intelligence consultants work onsite with our customers to understand exactly what questions you have and what answers you are looking for. The best and fastest way to understand your needs and provide solutions is to be “in” your business, bridging the gap between your business goals and your technical systems and raw data. Seldom does the “canned” report provide the detailed insight decision makers are looking for. Brainspire will work side by side with you to provide dashboards, reports, and analytics using the latest business intelligence, predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques.


Portals & Website Applications

A company’s website is the world’s window into an organization and should accurately represent the essence of the mission, goals, culture and operations. Not only should it be appealing from a visual standpoint, it needs to function flawlessly from a usability and performance standpoint on a desktop, tablet or mobile device. Quality sites can’t simply function as digital brochures; they must attract visitors and engage new and loyal customers. This holds true for public sites, company intranets and secure extranet portals.


Application Integration

Brainspire develops software solutions to integrate your organization’s internal, standalone applications, and your applications with key external business partners. Growing organizations tend to rely on off-the-shelf software, software as a service (SaaS) and custom built solutions to drive their business – but rarely does the chosen, out of the box, software solution work with other systems within or outside the business. This lack of cohesive integration creates manual processes that are time consuming, error prone and expensive.


Mobile Development

Today, more users access the web through a mobile device than from a laptop or desktop computer. For this reason, it is critical that software applications are efficiently usable from a tablet or a smart phone for today’s workforce. As a custom software development firm, Brainspire leverages a variety of tools to build highly customized applications that function on countless devices. These solutions include native, hybrid and mobile web applications that can be used either when connected or not. Each business use case is unique, and the mobile requirements, and form factors, need to be considered when creating a custom mobile solution.


Cloud Based Software Development

Cloud environments offer the greatest opportunity for modernizing software applications while reducing costs and time to market.  Brainspire Solutions has developed and deployed web applications leveraging AWS, Azure and Google Cloud environments as well as private clouds.  The ability to quickly provision identical Development, Test, Stage and Production environments ensures projects get off to a fast start in secure and scalable environments.  Developing and promoting code within a cloud environment through continuous integration reduces development time and improves quality.


Software Security Services

Brainspire Solutions develops all software solutions leveraging industry standard best practices. This includes proven techniques to secure all applications and data. When we engage with each client we are fully aware that their business is at stake and realize the trust and expectations that are placed on our consultants when it comes to developing secure software applications.

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