From Motif to Qt: Should you take the leap?

Posted by Strypes on Dec 19, 2018 5:03:05 PM

Do you slack on software and hardware innovation because your current systems "still work"? Then we should let you know progress doesn’t happen in steps nowadays. It enrolls in short leaps that introduce new trends and tools, and leave outdated technologies behind. If you don’t stay on top, you’re at risk of not being able to support and update your business applications.

The risk stems mainly from the lack of a well-prepared workforce, as engineers who were once experts in legacy technologies are now close to retirement. Of course, there are other possible bottlenecks, like third-party software vendors ceasing to offer support for your aging tech stack, and thus cutting off vital integrations your business depends on.

Same but different

If you're in a similar situation, a migration project is worth considering. You don’t need to and cannot modernize your software suite overnight. Not all migration projects entail a full transformation, but you have to start somewhere. Let's take user interface, for example. Recently we had an interesting challenge, coming  from one of our biggest clients, to migrate their old embedded GUI toolkit from Motif to QT.

Motif has been the standard for ages, but it’s now 30 years old and there aren’t many experts left on the job market, that can (or are willing to) work with such an old framework. Companies that relied on Motif are migrating to new technology and the most popular tool of choice is Qt. Qt is a cross-platform framework for user interface development and some versions of Qt support cohabitation with Motif. Because of that, migration is usually a smooth process. You can use both tools simultaneously, while slowly replacing one with the other. It’s also worth mentioning that Qt allows you to keep a Motif-like look and feel and thus removes the learning curve for your users.

Migration with Strypes

Strypes has a portfolio of successfully delivered migration projects for mid- and large-sized clients for years. Every project has been tailored to the state, resources and needs of the client organization.

A successful migration starts with a thorough discovery phase where we make sure we fully understand the scope and complexity of the project. During this phase we build a strong partnership and rapport with the client, while exploring their current system state - all existing dependencies and integrations.

After the discovery phase ends, we are prepared enough to offer a custom solution, an expected timeframe and a dedicated team with the right expertise for the project.

To support successful delivery of each solution, we created a collaboration model, called “nearsurance”. It builds on top of traditional nearshoring and brings us even closer to you and your organization. The “bridge” is a dedicated outsourcing manager who works hand in hand with you for at least 6 months, balancing the workflow between your team and Strypes. Nearsurance is a close-knit collaboration that eases our work on large-scale migration projects by involving you in the process, instead of stripping you of any control.

We prepared a detailed whitepaper to explain more about the benefits of Qt over Motif and how we can help your organization with this (or any) migration project. Check it out to learn more!

Get the MOTIF to QT user interface migration paper now!