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How to Magically Create a Killer UI for Your OpenEdge Application

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You dream of connecting with powerfully engaged users.

People who are excited by your OpenEdge application – and show it.

But first you must create a new HTML5 and native mobile user experience for your existing OpenEdge application.

If you can’t think of an easy way to do this, you’re not alone. Other companies have tried to modernize their OpenEdge application UI – and failed. Until now.

Too slow, too expensive, too risky

The OpenEdge technology has enabled you to create the features your users love.What OpenEdge has traditionally been lacking is a seamless integration with modern webframeworks such as Kendo UI or AngularJS – or even .NET. A major hurdle is that web UIs are stateless environments.

One work around would be to tweak the existing code to accommodate the stateless UI.

Unfortunately, this creates a bloated application that is too slow to use.

Another approach is to redo the backend. But this is no small task if you have to recode it by hand. It can amount to thousands of man-hours of work. The cost, risk, and releasedelays of a complete rewrite are prohibitive for most companies.

What does it take to deliver the ultimate user experience?

How can you create that killer OpenEdge UI that users can enjoy on their web browsers, tablets and smartphones? This should not be too much to ask in 2015.

Several ISVs approached Servoy with this question. So we put our thinking caps on and developed a stateful application server that seamlessly integrates the OpenEdge backend with Kendo UI, Bootstrap or with the solution of your choice. We’ve included a toolset of frameworks–based on best industry practices and fully maintained–so you can select the navigation, security features, or multi-tenancy of your new user interface.

We don’t think you should have to learn HTML, C++ or Java either; so the only language you need to know is JavaScript. And you can connect to the ABL layer without having to rewrite. The Servoy platform uses a familiar Rapid Application Development environment that is quick and easy to learn.

This way, you can design your new user interface according to user needs and desired experience, not architecture or database requirements. Your UX team can become integral part of the development process and has the freedom to create the perfect user experience.

Ten times faster

You can even accurately estimate the time and costs involved in modernizing your OpenEdge application, minimize the risk, and generate productivity gains that are tenfold compared with other methods.

Can you create your killer OpenEdge application UI with Servoy? Have a look at our webinar on this subject and let us know what you think.

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