Unlock the Full Potential of your FoxPro Operations with the Right Consulting Services
VFP, Microsoft’s easy-to-use text-based language, was the most popular platform for programming and database management in the 90’s. Although VFP was once regarded as one of the greatest programming platforms, you might want to get ready for what lies ahead.
When Visual FoxPro reaches the end of its lifecycle, does that mean its operations also have? There is no universally accepted answer to that question. Legacy applications built through VFP are highly dependent on the purpose for which they are used. While some firms may have less critical functionality for VFP programs, others cannot abandon VFP applications due to their critical functionality.
Every business poses a unique combination of operational requirements and a varied degree of FoxPro involvement in those workflow efficiencies. There is no universal process that firms can follow to migrate to alternative platforms and no singular solution that can help businesses run at maximum efficiency while transitioning from VFP to new applications. Additionally, what about firms with financial constraints? How feasible is it to transfer years’ worth of data to new platforms? So, how do we move forward with this dilemma? Here is a comprehensive guide to help you recognize your business requirements and how to proceed with Visual FoxPro keeping your operations not just functional but at optimum capacity.
FoxPro Risks to Consider
Since there are no new updates to FoxPro, it makes the company systems built through it vulnerable to security attacks. Due to outdated upgrades, the FoxPro systems are vulnerable to remote code execution attacks enabling attackers to perform arbitrary commands. If you leave your FoxPro systems unmaintained, you are risking handing over sensitive information including customers’ personal details, which may prove detrimental to the business.
Visual FoxPro cannot store data limitlessly and due to its discontinuation, no newer updates are offering bigger database sizes. In a nutshell, this means that FoxPro is becoming incapable of accommodating the increasing demand for large database management.
Decreasing Skill Pool
As FoxPro approaches its end of life, programmers are moving on from Fox’s language at an inflated rate. The pool of FoxPro developers has already decreased considerably with most of the skilled professionals learning newer coding languages. There are no further instructions in the Fox language since it’s already reached the end of its line. It is becoming difficult to find programmers who are still willing to work on FoxPro.
As of now, FoxPro has not become too outdated to support but it will, eventually. There might be newer system updates (like a new Windows OS version) that don’t support FoxPro at all, rendering its functions completely useless. You might want to consider all your options before you reach this chapter in the FoxPro book.
Is there a Need for Immediate FoxPro Migration?
There is no direct answer to this question. Every business is unique and needs to deploy its FoxPro strategy after considering critical enterprise functionalities and business priorities.
1. Critical Business Functionality
For older businesses relying on FoxPro for a long time, VFP may be incorporated with critical business applications and processes. There may even be mission-critical functions being run through VFP applications. In the case of such businesses, immediate migration might mean abandoning these functionalities mid-way causing more harm than benefit to the firm.
2. Budgetary Constraints
Visual FoxPro migration is a complex and time-consuming process. While VFP was a long-standing cost-effective platform in its prime years, maintaining legacy systems and applications is a costly affair. You may observe a cost-benefit of Visual FoxPro to .NET migration in some instances. However, the cost estimate tends to inflate depending on the age of your system and the complexity of the code.
3. Risk of Migration Failure
While migrating your Visual FoxPro applications to alternate platforms, multiple factors affect the ultimate result of the process. VFP uses a non-linear code structure which adds many layers of complexities to applications. If you don’t deploy a team that is highly experienced in FoxPro language, you might be setting yourself up for failure from the get-go. If your firm is a long-term user of VFP, there may be a large network of lines of code scattered around your applications. If your developers can’t extract critical codes from this huge network, you might just be migrating useless functionalities while preceding the essential operational elements of your business.
Recommended Read: Why is .NET the Best Platform for Migrating VFP Apps?
Why Consult Professionals?
FoxPro migration requires skilled resources with an extensive knowledge of the intricacies of not just the newer languages but of the legacy FoxPro as well. If your migration plan is half-baked with inaccurate resource efforts and cost estimations, your whole migration strategy might fall apart. So, understanding when to migrate and when to keep VFP operations running to optimize and realize your business goals is the first critical step towards a successful migration.
With Apptread as your FoxPro consultant, you can build a perfect Visual FoxPro strategy, be it for migration or maintenance. Our team of certified FoxPro experts has a proven track record for understanding specific requirements and curating custom Visual FoxPro solutions for businesses that not only make the transition successful but also enhance system efficiency.
How our comprehensive Visual FoxPro strategic planning goes:
Step 1: Recognizing the Bottlenecks
We are dedicated to providing you with exactly what you need. All you need to do is explain the critical pain points hindering your FoxPro operations.
Step 2: Consultation
Depending on your business requirements, we advise you on whether it is the best decision for your firm to migrate or continue your VFP operations.
Step 3: Development
Be it migration or maintenance, without an elaborate strategy, your operational capabilities might take a hit. We assist you in building a comprehensive Visual FoxPro Strategy that enhances your ability to make informed decisions.
Step 4: Deployment
Deployment of Visual FoxPro Solutions for businesses with specific requirements is a critical task that requires an extensive knowledge of VFP applications. Our team of expert developers will ensure that your VFP transition goes smoothly.
Reach out to our expert consultants to better streamline the operations of your FoxPro systems, be it issues with maintenance or the need to migrate to a newer technology. Contact us right away!