The information technology industry has been revolutionized by the introduction of the smartphone. Just as the cellular phone did with the telephony industry in the 1980s and 1990s, the smartphone allowed people to access the incredible power of the internet from anywhere, changing the way we communicate, interact and transact in ways which were not even possible a decade ago. The adoption of the smartphone by the masses has spurred the boom in the mobile application development sector, just as the desktop boom of the early 1990s saw the emergence of desktop applications to ease business and consumer computing to a large degree. This monumental shift has created a need for organizations both large and small to shift from the desktop to the mobile. AIS Technolabs provides organizations with an easy and custom-made solution to port their legacy VB apps to mobile apps, targeting the major mobile operating systems of the day.
Why Should You Shift to a Mobile App
Mobile apps are applications that are developed specifically for smartphones. As of today, there are two competing and dominant mobile app ecosystems for the two major mobile operating systems; Alphabet Inc.’s Android and Apple Inc.’s iOS. This shift towards mobile applications has a significant advantage for organizations compared to their desktop-based predecessors.
Mobile apps are developed to cater to a specific operating system, and hence these apps are highly compatible with a wide range of mobile devices. This ensures that a single smartphone app source code is compatible with various devices running a particular operating system. For organizations, it reduces the application development cost, while for developers, such a system makes it easier to test and deploy to a wide variety of devices.
Mobile applications are available exclusively through the official application platforms such as Apple’s iOS Store or Google’s Play Store. This ensures that consumers get the best applications free from malware and other malicious code, as well as provide mechanisms for feedback and complaint redressal. Compared to desktop applications which one must download from the internet, often from different websites, each with their own level of trustworthiness.
Modern smartphones feature a wide variety of peripheral devices including GPS systems, gyroscopes, digital compasses, front and rear cameras, fingerprint sensors, touch screens as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and the standard speakers and microphones. Using these peripheral devices, app developers can create solutions which are very difficult to implement on desktop-based systems, and the lack of standardized data exchange systems means that developers must develop a single app to be compatible with a wide range of devices, each with their different architectures and device drivers.
Visual BASIC has been popular for developing a large number of legacy solutions, some of the most popular being:
A large number of erstwhile ERP systems were custom-developed with Visual BASIC, with maximum support for Microsoft Windows ecosystem for desktops and laptops. The shift towards cloud computing and mobile computing can bring fresh life to these ERP systems, ensuring that they are compatible with both desktops through the cloud, as well as usable and reliable in the modern world through the use of modern mobile-friendly technologies.
Legacy Microsoft Office Interfaces
Microsoft Office is still the most popular office package being used by a large number of organizations, both large and small all across the world. However, there are a large number of competing office suites that can provide the same level of functionality as Microsoft Office. In addition, other suites such as the Google Office Suite and Microsoft’s own Office 365 provides a web-based office solution which is powered by the cloud. This shift in computing makes Visual BASIC apps obsolete, and they can get a fresh lease of life as modern mobile apps.
With the adoption of mobile apps at an unprecedented rate, AIS Technolabs allows organizations with the ability to port their legacy VB source code into the requisite mobile application code which can be deployed directly through platforms such as Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.