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UNIX to Windows Porting Case Study
With an increasing demand for PC-based, multi-platform products, enterprises around the world are looking for solutions that can bridge UNIX and Windows, so they can offer more than a single-platform product and remain competitive. When faced with the decision to duplicate existing UNIX/Linux applications on Windows and take advantage of the new Web development model, the options are clear: either perform a complete rewrite, or find a tool that lets you port the application.
Rewriting old applications can take anywhere from months to years and requires ongoing maintenance of two separate source code bases, which is a major ongoing cost. The second option--porting--should be carefully considered because the price for selecting the wrong tool can be high.
ABAS Software AG
"MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers met our expectations fully. Our ported NT application demonstrates the same, full-scale performance as our UNIX installations."
ABB Power T&D Company
"The initial port [using MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers] took only about 6 weeks... which is comparable to the time it takes us to do a port to another UNIX platform."
After looking at several solutions, ADP selected MKS Toolkit for Developers to port their UNIX-based application. This solution enabled them to use MKS Toolkit for Developers as a tool to support their existing development environment of C, C++ and a Cobol Compiler. During their tests, they found there was very little customizing effort and it was very easy to use.
All for One Systemhaus AG
In searching for a solution to broaden the market appeal of DCPA into the world of Windows, All for One learned about MKS Toolkit for Developers and quickly realized the Kornshell function would provide the ideal solution for rebuilding their existing UNIX login for Windows environments. This would then allow for them to bring DCPA onto the Windows platform with ease, while providing a familiar look and feel to its users.
With MKS Toolkit for Developers, Cobe BCT can integrate the two platforms by using a legacy UNIX application on the Windows platform without immense amounts of incurred cost. Now instead of jumping between environments, or rewriting applications that have stood the test of time, Cobe's R&D team can concentrate on new product development.
"We would never have even attempted this project without MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers. It would have cost too much and might have taken years. With MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers, we just ported it over to Windows NT, got it to compile, and brought up Windows NT. It was very simple - and very fast."
Council of State Governments
MKS Toolkit for Developers' capability "was a godsend" in helping the Council tie headquarters into satellite offices, allowing information and email movement in and out of the headquarters and to the rest of the world via the Internet.
"Shoemaster is an application that represents 30 years of development. We ported it to Windows in about 90 days, without any loss of performance or quality. With MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers, we found a reliable tool that really lives up to its reputation."
One of the greatest challenges developers face today is supporting their applications across different platforms. The growth of Windows and the continued demand for UNIX in today's global organizations has created a need for robust and reliable administrative solutions. To be efficient and perform well, a mixed computing environment demands a consistent set of commands and utilities.
Getronics Olivetti Japan, Ltd
When Getronics Olivetti Japan decided to offer new Microsoft® Windows® Server-based products in addition to its UNIX-based systems, Microsoft Certified Solution Provider MKS provided a fast migration path to success. Its development platform, MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers, allowed Getronics Olivetti Japan to market enhanced products that are gaining the company a competitive edge - in less than half the expected development time.
"IMA's EDGE - The CRM Call Center Solution for MKS Users
EDGE® is a complete CRM development and systems integration environment that is tailor-made for forward-looking organizations that view customer interaction as strategic and see their call centers as profit centers that increase customer loyalty and revenues."
In the past, Lehman Brothers had supported the GDSS trading platform across a number of Sun workstations running UNIX. The cost of maintaining GDSS on Sun workstations, however, was high and the development staff needed more power and flexibility in order to take advantage of new Web development models. Their options were clear: they could rewrite the entire 8-year-old application natively to the Microsoft Windows API (WIN32) and attempt to add functionality to a system that was virtually obsolete. Or they could port the application from UNIX to Microsoft Windows using MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers from MKS. Lehman Brothers soon concluded that the latter route would be the fastest and most economical way to migrate its software from UNIX to Windows and quickly leave their Sun workstations behind.
Software integrator and systems house Logica has a solid reputation for working closely with the water industry. Its MC2000 telemetry solution, now available on Windows thanks to MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers, enables water utilities - and gas companies, too - to collect monitoring and measurement data from remote sites around broad-spread catchment areas in real-time.
Pfaltzgraff Pottery & Michael Anthony Jewelers
Using software developed with MKS Toolkit for Developers, and Toolkit installed on shop floor PCs, any manufacturer with a backroom UNIX box and PCs on the factory floor can now have direct control over their information, and put that control in the hands of the people on the front lines of production.
This global financial information services company ported two million lines of source code in 1600 source modules onto Microsoft® Windows NT® in just months with help from MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers, the powerful UNIX and Windows® interoperability solution from MKS.
PRIMESTAR By TCI
"MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers did what they advertised it would do, including handling the message queue problems we were concerned about."
Raytheon Missile Systems
"… There is a remarkable performance improvement using Mentor Graphics tools with MKS X/Server (previously XVision) as compared to X-Win32. Not sure what you're doing, but it's working."
"In game development, I use MKS Toolkit for Developers to do complex searches and to automate tasks. In fact, I use it any time I want to work more efficiently. I would have to work more hours a day without MKS Toolkit for Developers."
Siemens AG Industrial Projects and Technical Services
After careful consideration of its options, IT PS chose to use MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers to handle the migration of their existing UNIX product to NT.
Siemens Business Services
Siemens JOCE (Job Control Environment) was first developed under UNIX and later ported to Windows using MKS Toolkit for Interoperability (formerly MKS Toolkit Select). MKS Toolkit for Interoperability provides the accessibility of an X Window system display server, plus the power of all the UNIX commands. MKS offers a stable yet unique solution.
Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG
Siemens Nixdorf did not make its decision to ship MKS Toolkit for Developers with Scenic-Celsius lightly. MKS Toolkit, like all of the software products pre-installed on the platform, had to first undergo six months of rigorous testing and competitive analysis. During this period, MKS Toolkit was put through a strict set of checks and balances looking at its existing functionality and stability. In every aspect of testing, MKS Toolkit performed with flying colors.
"MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers is a mature, well-integrated and easy-to-use product which combines the two distinct worlds of UNIX and NT into an environment which is truly the 'best of both worlds'."
"From our experience, MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers is the fastest way to move existing UNIX applications to Windows."
"Tecnomatix Provides Lower Total Cost of Ownership by Porting MPM UNIX Application to Microsoft Windows"
"The Navy's success with JMCIS is proof that MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers is filling a growing requirement shared by many Federal agenciesthe need to deploy cost-effective, mission-critical UNIX applications on the Windows NT operating system. MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers allows developers to add value to ported applications by providing direct access to Windows interfaces, including COM."
"Our customers are demanding support for Windows. It is imperative to our future success. Prior to our investment in MKS Toolkit for Developers, we tried to recreate a UNIX environment on Windows which proved to be laborious and time consuming. MKS Toolkit for Developers has been pivotal in providing us with the interoperability solution we need."