Challenges in VB6 Migrations

Challenges in VB6 migration

What to Expect While Migrating VB6

Migrating VB6 to .NET is not just about loading it to the new version. Although VB6 comes with its own built-in migration tool which is good at altering syntax, realistically that’s just half the job done. The business capability of the application does not expand, the security issues are not fixed and the application is open to future concerns.

Organizations currently pleased with their VB6 application, face the burden to move on. If you aren’t equipped, you might elect to not migrate at all. However, the problem with this approach is that after a while you find yourself in a position of not using unsubstantiated platform.  

Companies storing, handling and processing customer data, face the challenge that the regulatory and security compliance wont allow them to continue. This is due to inherent security vulnerabilities in the VB6 application architecture.

There are plenty of automation tools in the market that allow recycling of code and moving it from VB6 to the .NET format. To some extent it is easy to migrate from VB6 to .NET because .NET incorporates some of the old configurations. However this comes with a huge price to pay for compatibility. Microsoft recommends you either migrate to .NET, or hold/freeze the current app to maintenance only mode, then create different features in .NET via interop methods to incorporate the old with the new. 

Let’s contemplate for a second what this really means for your business. Let’s just say, you used VB6 to build applications that play a vital role in your business. And in those apps there are hundreds upon thousands of lines of VB6 code. The databank design is based on ADO, the former COM-based database model. By now VB6 is an obsolete language. This leaves you with an obsolete database with historical data vulnerable to data poachers and your organization vulnerable to compliance liability. You may face performance problems as well as sneaky programming glitches.  

Do what is right for your business before it gets worse. Migrating takes a huge effort from all parties involved and the right migration partner with the right team makes all the difference. Macrosoft is your migration partner with an experienced team, expert developers and a proven methodology to take you through the conversion and onto your new application.  

Start your migration journey today by speaking with a Macrosoft migration expert.  

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