“We started using PHP years ago to build a web portal for our customers or employees. The application is interfacing with our legacy applications and SQL backend. We came to a point where we are looking for an alternative because the maintenance becomes cumbersome, we ran into security issues and the site is starting to look a bit dated. What are our options here?”
Instead of using other sets of DIY tools to replace PHP, you could opt to go for a more future-proof solution. Instead of building your own “stack” and keeping it up to date, you could partner with a company that provides you with a “low-code” or Rapid Application Development (RAD) platform. This allows you to off-load all stack challenges (frameworks, app servers, Devops etc) to a third party, so you can focus on bringing business value (UX and your industry specific logic) to your users.
If you have a fairly intricate business application and/or needs, we would advize you to look into a RAD platform like ours. If your app is fairly simple and you are not a software vendor (ISV), then try to find a no-code or low-code vendor that works for you. For all else, check out the below short video that explains what and why you would go with RAD:
When it comes to modernizing existing PHP apps, going to the Cloud, and creating mobile versions, we’ve learned that most software vendors are cautious and often go for a DIY approach. However, there’s a better alternative. Here’s what you can do in the Servoy environment:
500 successful business applications
15+ years experience in software migrations
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The Servoy platform is a Rapid Application Development Platform. It allows you to build complex business applications, running on multiple platforms, browsers, mobile devices, Clouds or on-premise. Assuming you have a large PHP application already, we would advise you to start with a smaller MVP and build out from there in order to demonstrate business value to your stakeholders and to reduce risks.
Most of our customers like to start with a Minimum Viable Product, a very small application that provides business value to them.
A mobile application, for example for your workforce in the field, is a great way to start testing the waters. Also for off-line situations.
Exposing information to for example your customers in a web portal is an easy way to enlighten your customers.