Protect RIA Strategy from Atrophy

You committed to Rich Internet Applications and the world has changed. What now?

Last Revised: November 26, 2012



Your Challenge

  • Plug-ins that dominated the app tool landscape until recently are being repositioned. Major browsers and the industry are embracing HTML5, the next generation web markup language that is cross platform and cross device compatible.
  • Organizations face resistance in migrating to HTML5 because of high earlier investment into tools like Flash and Silverlight. Many are having difficulty de-coupling apps developed in the Rapid Application Development (RAD) mindset.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Organizations need to migrate their legacy applications before these applications become obsolete, result in security problems, and turn out to be too costly to maintain.
  • Organizations need to develop a strategy that addresses three critical aspects of RIA: endpoint, framework, and testing. Proper testing, in particular, is paramount: organizations need to ensure performance and scalability of their rich applications.

Impact and Result

  • Organizations need to migrate their legacy applications before these applications become obsolete, result in security problems, and turn out to be too costly to maintain.
  • Organizations need to develop a strategy that addresses three critical aspects of RIA: endpoint, framework, and testing. Proper testing, in particular, is paramount: organizations need to ensure performance and scalability of their rich applications.

Contributors

  • The Canadian Red Cross Society
  • Matrix Solutions
  • Missouri Department of Conservation

An additional ten companies contributed to this research. Due to the sensitivity of the information, their identities will be kept confidential.


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Best Practices Toolkit

  1. Create an RIA development or modernization strategy and execution plan

    Stay on top of the ever-changing RIA landscape.

  2. Understand the critical components of RIA strategy

    Ensure that your strategy is viable.

  3. Assess your organization's goals and development history as they relate to RIA

    Determine the best course of action for greenfield development or legacy application migration.

  4. Create a Project Charter for RIA development or modernization

    Ensure proper governance and commitment of all stakeholders.

  5. Cover all your bases before deployment

    Complete all the prerequisites for deploying a RIA solution.

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