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A common tale is that the software a business has depended on for some years has become unsupported by the original supplier. This is an incumbent risk to many businesses, large and small. In many cases, the software is based on technology that in now outdated, such as Foxpro, Borland C++ and Delphi. These programming languages were ground‐breaking in their time, but they are not geared up for today’s cloud‐centric, high performance business needs. It is a significant risk if a system becomes unsupported; often, it is not simply a case of transferring support to a third party IT provider; there can be IP and software licensing issues that can hinder progress (a “nightmare scenario” often encountered).

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What is Legacy Application Modernisation?

Often the need to replace an ageing system is simply a result of the business growing and changing. Many companies have started small and been able to run their operations with spreadsheets or simple Microsoft Access‐based systems. But as they grow these systems become unwieldy as they were not designed for large communities of users or for mobile use. An additional problem is that they can prove difficult to keep updated to reflect the evolving business processes. It is an obvious first step when looking to replace a business system to trawl the market for suitable software packages. Often, this can be fruitful. The emergence of cloud‐based packages for everyday applications like CRM, accounting, HR management and so on mean that you can be rapidly up‐and‐running with up‐to‐date software, hosted on the cloud, for a few tens of pounds per user per month. But what about your core business processes ‐ the part of your business that differentiates you from your competitors? We find that most of our customers ultimately look for a bespoke solution; one that it engineered to their exact requirements and will be owned by them.

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Database Solutions

We are experts at consolidating data from various sources across the business into one central database for better decision making. Blueberry has very strong skills with SQL Server – including advanced features such as replication between multiple servers..

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Technical Consultancy

We provide clients with impartial advice on how to structure software projects, and on the appropriate technical architecture for a new system. We can also help in situations where the communication between management and technical staff is not working correctly, or needs that extra clarity..

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Software Re-engineering

Software re-engineering enables the examination and modification of legacy software code, which helps to maintain, reuse and alter it in the future. The full software reengineering process can be broken down to three main activities. The starting point of any reengineering project is reverse engineering of the existing system. At this stage, software engineers and business analysts restore the lost info about application design and its specifications and requirements..