Migrate to ASP.NET

Written by Adrian Lewis

If your business develops solutions in ASP, you could significantly cut your development time and improverepparttar quality, security and performance of your applications by migrating to .NET. This article outlines some ofrepparttar 133538 main benefits of this new technology.

Migrating from ASP to ASP.Net

ASP was released to work on NT Server 4.0 in 1996 as a scripting language used to deliver dynamic content to web users. The take up of ASP has been significant overrepparttar 133539 past 6 years with a large proportion of dynamic sites now being written in this way.

ASP is very popular with developers and it has undoubtedly brought many benefits to websites. However, it is now an older technology and is being replaced by ASP.Net. .Net has allrepparttar 133540 benefits of ASP, together with improved security, scalability, reliability, flexibility and interoperability of applications.

IT Companies developing solutions for business in ASP could reduce their development time and cost significantly by migrating their customers to .NET.

The Benefits for Business

Security: - Software companies who provide their own hosting have an obligation to their clients to provide sufficient security to ensure thatrepparttar 133541 client's data is not compromised. Microsoft have received very little positive media coverage relating torepparttar 133542 security of their systems. Sites hosted using ASP have had numerous security alerts overrepparttar 133543 past 6 years which have been corrected throughrepparttar 133544 use of service packs. The .NET framework provides a new security approach which provides more clear and powerful control over application security. This reducesrepparttar 133545 risk for companies hosting web sites as they can feel more confident aboutrepparttar 133546 risk posed by security attacks and in some cases can protect companies if their terms and conditions do not cover them againstrepparttar 133547 risk of security breaches.

Software Integration for SMEs

Written by Thom Leggett

The Problem Software integration aims to solve a problem that started when large companies automated processes that had previously been manual; such as finance or human resources. This in itself was a very successful idea, and sent costs tumbling. However, finance developed an application to fit their needs; HR developed another (incompatible) application, and so on… Unfortunately, this resulted in inconsistent data. For example, ifrepparttar finance and HR applications both required an employee database, it was replicated into each application. With no central source, who was to say which database wasrepparttar 133537 correct one? This not only led to an enormous duplication of effort, but to a large consistency problem.

The previous solutions There were many approaches to solving this problem and they can be broadly divided into three categories: user interface integration; data integration and business process integration.

User interface integration wasrepparttar 133538 cheapest to implement and requiredrepparttar 133539 least change to working practices. The technique was to take allrepparttar 133540 applications and shoe-horn them into one user interface. Unfortunately this was no more than a cosmetic overhaul and did nothing to addressrepparttar 133541 fundamental problem.

Data integration came in several flavours, most significantlyrepparttar 133542 data-warehousing push ofrepparttar 133543 80s and 90s. The idea was to do a one-off analysis of all ofrepparttar 133544 information used by a business, design a centralised database and re-implementrepparttar 133545 applications around it. Unfortunately very few corporations managed to get pastrepparttar 133546 design phase. Lack of decent change management tools and over-ambitious, short-sighted IT directors can take most ofrepparttar 133547 blame for this.

The current solution The solution ofrepparttar 133548 day is business process integration. Unlike data integration whererepparttar 133549 idea was to centraliserepparttar 133550 data and rebuildrepparttar 133551 applications on top; business process integration aims to integrate on top ofrepparttar 133552 applications.

A critical realisation in bringing this about wasrepparttar 133553 existing applications contained important 'business logic' – information aboutrepparttar 133554 processes that ranrepparttar 133555 business. Rather than ditching this altogether why not build a layer on top and in-between that will facilitate integration? This has given birth to a whole new class of software, which has been dubbed 'middleware'.

For Example Supply Chain Integration is a particular type of business process integration that can reap huge benefits (as well as posing big technical and managerial challenges). The basic idea is to remove some ofrepparttar 133556 unknown variables in your business planning and forecasting; by getting as much information as possible from your supply chain in both directions.

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