Business Impact and Risks associated with Microsoft Visual FoxPro

Business Impact and Risks associated with Microsoft Visual FoxPro

By Imran Salahuddin | June 7th, 2016 |

Will it be good to continue in FoxPro?

Visual FoxPro was an excellent development tool throughout the 90’s or even in the 2000’s but it has shown a sudden decline with Microsoft announcing end of support. Visual FoxPro 9 was released in 2007 virtually the Stone Age when it comes to the world of technology. This creates an element of danger for your organization that you need to take down and breakthrough in order to move forward today.

As Microsoft phased out Visual FoxPro, your mission critical applications running on VFP pose significant risks. Moving to a stable platform that offers vendor support can help to mitigate these risks.

Risks Associated with Visual FoxPro – Macrosoft Inc

Watch John Kullmann,Macrosoft Inc. Vice President talks about the potential risks that might cost you badly in near future.

Some risks and impacts that companies face for continuing with Visual FoxPro are:

  • The diminishing pool of resources in VFP should be considered seriously as developers want to work on new and interesting technologies as opposed to retired and outdated technologies.
  • All companies are facing increased security requirements when it comes to customer and financial data. The Visual FoxPro could potentially leave vulnerable going forward.
  • Potential and abrupt changes are another risk for Visual FoxPro. Potential browser changes or application changes or third party tools being used may no longer work if not updated.
  • Visual FoxPro is restricted to a 32-bit operating system. Currently there are workarounds but how longer it will continue to work only time will tell.
  • Visual FoxPro applications experiences slowness in multi-user platforms with increase in database sizes.
  • Implementing new enhancements to improve user functionality touch screen capability or even mobile interface might not work with your Visual FoxPro application causing an opportunity to be lost.

Although Visual FoxPro served as a dynamic application development environment suited for 32 bit database applications and components, performance wise VFP did not scale well to user demands. Future businesses demands applications that are portable and interoperable. Converting VFP applications requires considerable effort and expertise. You need an experienced migration team, having sound knowledge in VFP as well latest technologies, to smoothly and successfully make the transition.

Are you in need for a technology partner to migrate your VFP applications? Then there comes Macrosoft, with proven expertise in migrating aging phased out technology based applications to the apt platform like Microsoft .NET. Macrosoft has a dedicated team of professionals focused on migration of Visual FoxPro to avoid your company getting lost in obsolete technology. Contact us today to help you for the journey forward.

Imran Salahuddin on Linkedin
Imran Salahuddin
Director, Migration Services at Macrosoft Inc
Imran serves as Macrosoft’s Migration Director. With two decades of industry experience, Imran continues to demonstrate his ability to ensure seamless migrations. Imran works with Project Managers, sales/strategy teams, and clients to ensure the successful migration of legacy applications. Moreover, Imran exhibits effective communication skills and an eye for quality service.

As a Microsoft Certified and PMI Project Management Professional, Imran can migrate a myriad of difficult technologies. Most recently, he migrated a VFP legacy application which communicated to networking equipment. Testing the application without detailed knowledge of the domain was the real challenge.

Imran also dedicates his time to IoT (Internet of Things), as well as Online Sales, and looks to improve upon all of Macrosoft’s existing verticals.
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