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Why Your Legacy Windows Apps Don't Need to Stay in the Past

October 15, 2019
By Robb Henshaw

Ask any organization what's holding up some aspect of their full cloud migration and you're bound to hear "legacy Windows applications" as a common answer.

Statistics can vary, but at least one survey found that roughly 25% of IT leaders—one out of every four!—were wary of shifting their legacy applications to the cloud. Hosting those applications on-prem, even though it ran counter to their organization's long-term IT strategy, was preferable to the hassle of redevelopment and uncertain performance.

None of those concerns are without merit. Conventional methods of application modernization are expensive and time-consuming. Plus, at the end of it all, there's no guarantee that the migrated legacy applications will run smoothly, which is a deal-breaker if the software is business critical. It's a lot of investment for an unpredictable payoff, and quite frankly, no one wants to be the person in charge of authorizing or leading an initiative like that.

As a result, many organizations wind up with a handful of legacy Windows applications lingering on-prem — kind of like keeping an antiquated VCR hooked up your 4K OLED television so you can still watch a small collection of VHS movies.Future x Past creative sign with clouds as the background-1

Cameyo Removes the Application Modernization Barrier

Cameyo's virtual application delivery platform enables organizations to modernize Windows apps for the cloud with zero redevelopment time. That drastically reduces the investment of resources like manpower and money that normally have to be channeled into the cloud-migration process. At the same time, it also eliminates IT leaders' longstanding concerns about moving legacy applications into the cloud.

And this has been borne out by real-world results with hundreds of Cameyo customers. Take ProSolutions Software, for instance. This independent software vendor (ISV) specializes in software for all-inclusive spa and salon management. They were told that it would take anywhere from one year to 18 months to redevelop their feature-rich platform for the web. And at a cost of up to $5 million.

With Cameyo, though, ProSolutions found a convenient way to make legacy applications accessible on any device without the pain or delays that are typically associated with application modernization.

Today, the company's customers can open the management application in any browser via a convenient desktop shortcut or a simple web login. Cloud migration via Cameyo didn't involve compromising on features, and the resulting performance is the same as a local app. Read the case study here.

Bringing Legacy Applications into the Mobile Era

Cameyo is just as effective in the educational arena where tablets and netbooks tend to reign supreme. The Homer Central School District in upstate New York used Cameyo's platform to modernize Windows applications in its K–12 environment.

Now, instead of retaining four essential but underutilized legacy Windows applications in its PC labs, Homer Central School District is able to deliver those apps to iPads and Chromebooks and fully live up to its one-to-one computer initiative. Furthermore, the district was able to eliminate outdated infrastructure without having to replace it with expensive, desktop-class clients. That case study is available here with more details on the district's success.

Whatever your preferred approach to application modernization happens to be, Cameyo has a solution that will suit your needs. Our virtual application delivery platform can be fully hosted or implemented as a self-hosted service if you've already got a cloud-migration strategy in place.

Seeing is believing, though, which is why we offer a no-strings free trial. Just take a few moments to sign up for a free trial today and discover how your legacy Windows applications can be updated to meet your organization's future needs quickly, cost-effectively and efficiently.

Filed Under: Legacy Application Modernization, Legacy Applications, Cloud Migration, legacy application, Digital Transformation, Cloud Shift, VDI, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure