This Windows migration is a messy business.
Camwood, a specialist in this area, has won a 12 month contract with engineering group Babcock International to transform its applications.
Its programme of action is to rationalise and categorise Babcock's entire apps portfolio in readiness for a Windows 7 migration.
Though Camwood has developed its own tools and services and tools as it prepares for the battle, it will be bringing up all the big guns available, including AppTitude software from App-DNA. By automating the process of checking application compatibility (from old platforms to new) it saves thousands of man hours, it says.
That, on its own, justifies the money being spent, say customers.
Yes, application transformation is part of a wider IT migration, but once you've broken the back of this task, you are psychologically over the hill, with the enemy vanquished.
"Our application migration approach can drive down costs and project timescales by eighty per cent," says a triumphant Camwood CEO, Frank Foxall.
This was first published in January 2011