Upgraded Custom Desktop Application
For over 90 years, Afton Chemical Corporation, part of the NewMarket Corporation (NYSE: NEU), has been in the fuel and lubricant additives marketplace. Afton Chemical helps customers develop and market fuels and lubricants that reduce emissions, improve fuel economy, extend equipment life, improve operator satisfaction, and lower the total cost of vehicle and equipment operation.
In keeping with one of its core values to continually improve quality, the team at Afton recognized they had one Windows desktop application written with older technology that needed upgrading, so they reached out to Swip Systems for assistance.
The Challenge … Update Desktop Application Technology to Avoid Technical Debt
Afton Chemical had a railyard car tracking desktop application that was aging, leading to a potential technical debt situation and unwanted risk. Not wanting to fall into the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” trap, Afton’s team contacted Swip Systems’ engineers and they collaborated on a solution.
It was quickly found that the Windows desktop application should be upgraded to the latest version of the development language it was built in. It also needed to be made current with the newest code to support and maintain critical business processes going forward.
The Solution … Custom Software Development & Operator Training
To address Afton Chemical’s software needs, one of Swip Systems’ engineers assessed the current Windows application and put together a strategic plan to upgrade and maintain it so it would not only enhance business processes, but it would also add flexibility and scalability.
The goal was to move the company forward with newer technology (the sky’s the limit now!) and make the technology even more secure than before; newer technologies result in better security. We then proceeded with custom software development services to upgrade the entire Windows desktop application.
Once the new Windows desktop application software was upgraded and installed, Swip Systems trained the Afton engineer responsible for building the original application on the newer technology. We continue to be available should he have any questions.
Ensure Windows desktop code is upgraded regularly as new software development platforms become available. This will maintain your critical line of business applications and reduce risk.
The Result … Updated Software for More Efficient Business Processes & Reduced Risk
Today, Afton Chemical’s desktop application has a new life. Now it can be enhanced, have features added, and be upgraded easier going forward. By upgrading just one desktop application to the latest language, business processes were renewed, scalability was created, and by positively impacting internal processes, client outcomes can be optimized.
In any business, upgrading Windows desktop applications can provide the following benefits:
- Reduced risk
- Increased security
- Less manual labor
- Automated reproducible processes
- Improved industry compliance
- Better business insight
- Increased efficiencies
- More satisfied users
- Strengthened company culture
- Captured processes within the technology
- Expanded scalability
Do You Need Windows Desktop Application Upgrades or Custom Software Updates?
Since Windows is still the dominant desktop software in most businesses, upgrades and custom application updates are essential to run an efficient and secure business without technical debt. Just as we did for Afton Chemical, Swip Systems’ custom Windows application development services, for both legacy and new software, can help your company maintain critical lines of software so you can grow.
If you think upgraded technology and automation could make your company more efficient and produce higher customer satisfaction, contact us today and let’s brainstorm. We love helping companies understand technology and how it can improve the bottom line. 877.377.SWIP