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Macrosoft Migration Services

Our Proven Migration Methodology To Safely Modernize Your Application

  • Visual FoxPro to SQL.NET
  • Visual Basic to VB.NET
  • Visual ASP to ASP.NET
  • Onsite programs to Cloud
  • Dynamics AX to Dynamics365
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DOC1 to GMC Conversion

6 steps you really need to follow to convert your DOC1 applications to GMC

Most printing companies have decided to standardize all printing processes on the GMC platform, great! But unfortunately, they still have a lot of legacy print applications written in DOC1.

What stops them from converting?


Doc1 to GMC Estimator Matrix

Estimate Time and Cost for DOC1 to GMC Conversions

We have devised 3 steps in our estimation process

  • Application Factors
  • Scale Constants
  • Project Time and Cost
 At the end of this estimation process, You will have a firm estimate of time and cost for the overall effort.

 Digital Transformations - Optimize and Modernize

Before Considering a Re-write, Give Your Older Enterprise Application New Life! Optimize and modernize your application via Digital Transformations.we layout about a dozen items that can make a  significant impact on your older enterprise application 



General Data Protection Regulation

General Data Protection Regulation: See how you are impacted if you are still running a Visual FoxPro Application

Fully complying with GDPR will be hard to achieve with an existing VFP database that contains personal data, which can be easily read by any text editor as there is no direct way to encrypt. We at Macrosoft thought about the GDPR challenges and have come up with a two-pronged strategy



HIPPA Compliant Legacy Applications Conversion - Testing Strategy

In this technical note, we describe Macrosoft’s new testing approach for converting/modernizing HIPPA-compliant legacy applications.

We believe this approach provides a VERY EFFECTIVE method for final testing of a HIPPA-compliant application without ever jeopardizing patient data to any exposure risk.



DAZZLE 2.0 for VFP Conversion Project

Dazzle framework reduces time, avoids refactoring, generates a single coding standard, and provides for reusability of the code.

We have incorporated major enhancements into Dazzle 2.0 which embodies a modern architectural framework, and strong building blocks that provide a solid foundation.



The first Important Step to Modernizing FoxPro Legacy Application

Application rationalization is less resource intensive when compared to a detailed analysis, thus helping client’s lower conversion costs. Using our proprietary automation tools we can quickly complete the application rationalization process in a short duration for a typical sized application.Download and find out how



Working Proof-of-Concept (POC) for VFP to .NET Conversion Projects

We strongly recommend our clients who are looking to migrate their VFP application to .NET, to build a working proof-of-concept immediately after the analysis phase is complete.



The 3 Fold Strategy For Converting Large, Tightly Integrated Vfp Legacy Systems

Last year had been a year of opportunities for Macrosoft as we got to convert several ultra-large and tightly integrated VFP legacy applications, which motivated us to devise 3 migration strategies. Our first strategy for normal conversion…


This One Thing Is The Key To Report Conversions During Vfp Migration Projects – Reporting Database

As a recent innovation, rather than converting the existing reports, we build a reporting database, updated directly from the transactional data-store. Streamline Database Tables, Improved Access Speed and User Experience, Significant…


Why Upfront Analysis Is Important Before a VFP Conversion

Thinking the time has finally come to convert your Visual FoxPro (VFP) application to a new modern platform, say C#.NET? We recommend you consider doing a complete analysis first. Analysis of the current application gives you…


Vfp Migrations: Using A New ‘Agile’ Approach Why?

Over the past 6-months, we have devised an exciting new way to perform VFP migrations using an ‘agile-like’ approach, with elements similar to the agile approach used for normal development projects. We are excited to report on this…


Why Use WPF Instead of WinForms

If you are looking to use Microsoft technologies to develop new desktop based applications, you have 2 choices

Windows Forms (WinForms): WinForms serve as a strong platform to write rich client applications with a graphical class…


Right Testing Environment for VFP Migration

Building and Implementing the Right Testing Environment in VFP Migration Practice Turns out to be one of the more Difficult Challenges we Face . 

One of the thorniest challenges we face in our VFP conversion work is building and implementing a complete testing environment for the new application.


 Data Morph

Data Morph – Macrosoft’s New Tool that Converts VFP Database Directly into SQL Database.

Data Morph is a new tool that allows our clients to migrate, their VFP Database directly into a SQL Server Database, via a fully automated visual process.Data Morph performs continuous checks to ensure that the data in the new database is correct and complete in the process of performing the migration.



VFP Database vs. MS SQL Server

In any VFP to .NET conversion, we will always need to replace the VFB database with a new database, usually Microsoft SQL Server.

One question we are often asked is to compare features, and strengths and weaknesses of the VFP database with a new MS SQL Server database.

This presentation compares the two – VFP Database and MS SQL Server based on 10 points



“BEST PRACTICES” in VFP to .NET conversion

One of the main issues confronted by our customers is having multiple versions of the same basic application running for different clients.

While rebuilding the new application we recommend our clients to design their core application using only ‘best practices’ from the industry in which they operate.



Benefits of Our Automated Testing Program in VFP Conversion Projects

Creating automated test cases in VFP conversion projects is an important factor that should not be overlooked.

In fact, Macrosoft has always embraced and put into practice the creation of automated test cases for new applications.



Macrosoft’s Way Of Modernizing Your Vfp Application To .Net

Macrosoft has years of proven experience in migrating modestly sized to very large VFP legacy applications. This has helped us to device our own indigenous tools that reduce the conversion costs and timelines for migration projects. Learn more about our proven repeatable methodology 



Check Out Our Three New Smart Automation Tools For Vfp Conversion : SpecGenerator, vDBF Converter, Dazzle Framework

Worried about your company’s future running on a VFP application. Looking for smart automation tools that reduce the overall effort estimate and timeline for replacing with a latest technology. We proudly present you three smart…



What Main Reason Is Driving Your Need To Convert From Vfp?

Though every migration is unique and we like to say we do one migration at a time, we have found the reasons we are typically contacted fall into one of four buckets. Need for Enhanced Security, Need for Modern Web-based Application…



Apples-To-Apples’ Is Definitely Not The Way To Think Of Our Vfp Conversions

Do you believe that VFP conversion project leaves the company with a warmed-over version of their existing system…so then why do it? For most companies, maintaining the existing functionality of their old system is important. If you are… 

Is There A Compelling Positive ROI For Converting Your Vfp Application?

Whether to migrate your current Visual FoxPro application to a modern platform or not is a challenging question for most corporations. There are various organizational factors that come at play when making a big decision like this. Generally…

Reap the benefits of SQL Server over Access

Most organizations are stuck up in decision making whether to go for Microsoft Access or .NET Framework with SQL Server. Access has some limitations when it comes to scalability, security and data integrity. Also, it is not suited for…
Case Studies

Visual FoxPro Migration Case Study – Control Equipment Provider

Macrosoft migrated a legacy VFP application for a New York based industrial water hygiene chemical feed and control equipment provider. Client had four primary Visual FoxPro (VFP) business applications and old VFP database for their…


Migrate Visual FoxPro Case Study

An industry leader in providing stack monitoring systems in United States, had their proprietary, mission critical applications originally developed using Visual FoxPro and Visual Basic, which Microsoft stopped supporting. In 2014…


Visual FoxPro Migration Case Study – European Financial Institution

A leading European financial institution specialized in Asset Management and Private Banking services relied on a highly complex and specialized Visual FoxPro (VFP) based Financial Management software that was evolved from Clipper in…


ASP Migration Case Study

An industry leader in the Promotional Products business faced challenges in their live websites built in Classic ASP and VBScript which limited their ability in work distribution, web analytics and user information security. They engaged…


Logical Migration Methodology

Macrosoft migration team having successfully supported clients across multiple verticals have developed a proven 5-step migration methodology for successful .NET migrations. Our methodology combines industry best practices, Agile…


Why Is It Inevitable To Migrate Your Visual Basic Application?

As Microsoft announced the end of support for VB6 development, companies face challenge of moving the current application to an updated platform. VB6 migration requires significant effort from the developers to port it to the .NET…


Modernize Clipper Application

Your mission critical applications in Clipper or xBase which were designed for DOS will have difficulties working on the new and advanced Windows platform, and couldn’t leverage the technology advancement. Completely re-writing the…


Are You Aware Of Security Risks Associated With Visual FoxPro ?

Macrosoft helps you to migrate Visual FoxPro applications seamlessly right from documenting the existing system, requirements analysis, platform selection, design, development and deployment. Increased Agility, Increased…


Still Running On Classic ASP?

Applications built with ASP.NET bring better performance, scalability and reliability. Your current ASP web applications on your hardware, even after migration to .NET will of course continue to function. Converting web applications from…


Macrosoft FoxPro Code Matrix

Macrosoft FoxPro Code Matrix tool a very easy to use, free utility that determines the volume of your Visual FoxPro project by identifying: The number of lines of code, Objects, Methods. The utility generates a summary report for each…


Get An Excellent ROI From Your Investment

This calculator simulates the potential financial return on investment that you could realize by converting your VFP applications. In addition, we will show you how and why conversion boosts productivity and generate savings within…


What is Mine-Weather?

Companies across several industries heavily rely on weather forecasts to plan their activities and preparedness during adverse weather conditions. Mine-Weather is an analytical database and visualization system designed to probe the accuracy of the weather forecasts. Mine-Weather comprises an analytical database and several visualization dashboards. It combines several weather forecast sources with observation data from numerous sites distributed throughout the service area of the utility and draws-up a scoreboard for comparison.


Resolving Complexities in Linking Forecast Data to Observational Data

Numerous complexities are associated with linking of forecast data to observational data, which involves a myriad of data issues that need to be addressed. Mine-Weather simplifies this process as it adheres to a set of general rules regarding capturing and storing forecast and observational data, migration of historical data and calculating scores at the most granular levels. In order to obtain accurate scores, it is critical that time and attention be paid to mapping the right fields between forecasts and observations. Mine-Weather uses advanced table mapping techniques and takes a standardized approach in comparing forecasts and actual data at the transition point.


Preparing the Weather Forecast Data for Analysis

Mine-Weather summarizes a large amount of weather forecast and observational data by converting it into a suitable format for analysis. Robust scoring algorithms transform the raw weather data to accurate scores by normalizing and summarizing the data in real-time. Mine-Weather leverages a powerful combination of automated data extraction, transformation and loading processes that eliminates a lot of issues related to data transformation. Tableau data analysis and visualization tool is used for further data mining and reporting of the formatted data.

Assessing Forecast Accuracy during Extreme Weather Conditions

Accurate weather forecasts during extreme weather conditions are critical as they provide better impact-based decision support for companies across various industries. Mine-Weather focuses on forecast accuracy specifically during a storm event. It uses a time based and weather based threshold approach. In time based approach, forecast scenarios related to a storm are executed at different time periods to access its accuracy. For weather based threshold approach, conditions are defined and threshold value is set based on the weather variables (like wind speed, temperature, rainfall) to determine extreme weather. Mine-Weather isolates all forecast data collected for a particular time period and analyses to see the forecast accuracy during a storm condition.

Advanced Weather Verification Scoring Algorithms – Paper 1

We have developed various advanced scoring algorithms based on statistical methods to be incorporated into the Mine-Weather platform. This is the first among the three papers that we consider to start a discussion on the advanced methods, by setting up a conceptual framework that focuses all our thinking on weather forecast verification. Alongside, we will be aiming for a more refined and precise statistical algorithms that will help us decide on which method is more suitable for including in future releases of Mine-Weather. We hope the advanced scoring algorithms will allow decision makers judge the confidence in the weather forecasts they are currently using and to evaluate possible new forecasts they are considering to add.

Mine-Weather 2.0: Our New Cloud-Based SAAS Platform with Advanced Features and Scoring Algorithms

Macrosoft is excited to announce the release of our new version of Mine-Weather 2.0 application, which is fully cloud-based and resides on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Apart from being cloud based, Mine-Weather 2.0 also contains a number of new advanced features and many new scoring algorithms that provide a more accurate estimate of weather forecasts. After we engage in an initial short configuration phase a new client can access all their weather forecast and actual data from the cloud and immediately begin exploratory studies on weather forecast accuracy. Finally, the new Mine-Weather system has the capability to assess the accuracy of solar, wind, and electric demand forecasts using the same system.

What are some Industrial Applications of Mine-Weather?

Companies across several industries such as utility and construction need to plan their activities based on the accuracy of weather forecasts. Mine-Weather application provides weather variables, thresholds and time periods to meets specific forecast accuracy requirements for a number of different industrial applications. Mine-Weather has a highly adaptable analytical database that provides site-specific, near real-time, weather forecast analysis enabling industries to optimize production schedules and take safety precautions well in advance of inclement weather. It facilitates preparedness and capacity planning in advance of the weather event.


Scoring Models Used for Weather Verification

Adapting well established methods using scoring algorithms make weather forecasting easier to understand and evaluate. Mine-Weather uses a number of scoring models based on statistical methods to verify relevant weather attributes in the form of scores. Numerical contingency scoring model helps evaluate the overall forecast performance on specific geographies across long periods of time. Likewise, forecast performance for individual weather attributes like temperature, wind gust or snow fall can be measured in short time intervals prior to a particular type of event. Decision makers are equipped with hourly and daily forecasts to measure the accuracy across one or all weather variables.


Analyzing Data with Analytical Reporting Framework

Mine-Weather’s analytical reporting framework enables comparison of different weather parameters to arrive at accurate results. It employs various types of reporting formats, filtering and data-grouping approaches. Interactive filters and calculated metrics are applied to further drill down and churn out critical reports. Reporting framework encompasses a range of supported data visualization tools that analysts can use to present reports in a simple and intuitive format that easily blends with the end user interface.


Electric Utility Outage Prediction Models

Macrosoft’s Mine-Weather is a flexible analysis platform designed for utilities to asses forecast accuracy under different weather conditions. Electric utilities have always been on a look out to assess the accuracy of their weather forecasts, as they need to plan out their activities and preparedness during an extreme event. Let’s see how we can leverage the power of Mine-Weather to not only asses the accuracy of a utility’s weather prediction, but also to forecast accuracy of a utility’s outage prediction model (OPM).


Advanced Weather Verification Scoring Algorithms – Paper 2

In this second series, we provide a detailed description of the weather scoring algorithms currently incorporated into the Mine-Weather system. It uses a number of scoring models based on statistical methods to verify weather attributes (temperature, precipitation, wind speed/gust, etc.) in the form of scores. When considering numeric variables (point forecasts like temperature, % forecast Humidity, etc.) the scoring is based on the numeric comparisons of forecasted values against the observed actuals. For dichotomous attributes, we compare the forecasts against actuals by using statistical contingency tables as the basis for the score calculations. Mine-Weather also has capabilities for verifying special Weather Events (hurricanes, winter storms, etc.) that are of great importance to utilities.