Who are Leaning Technologies? And what problem do you solve?
Our products are used by companies globally including Fortune 500 organisations, to convert and modernise existing Desktop and Mobile applications into web applications.
Our tools allow companies to preserve critical legacy applications written in Java, Flash and C/C++, and automatically migrate them to HTML5 and WebAssembly, making their application accessible from any modern browser and any device.
What is WebAssembly and why is it important?
Thanks to WASM, we can make compilers and conversion tools that translate native Desktop and Mobile applications into standard web applications, that can be used by any device with a browser, irrespective of its operating system and browser vendor.
This means that you can take your existing Java, Flash or C++ applications that are mission-critical, and took years to be developed, and port them to HTML5 automatically, with no manual intervention.
Crucially, compiling to WebAssembly means that your organisation does not rely on remote execution and cloud-based virtualisation for application delivery. This keeps maintenance and running costs to a minimum, by using the computational power on the end user device to run the application.
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
Another achievement we are very proud of is counting Dassault Systemes, the world’s biggest CAD and engineering software company, as one of our long-term clients. Dassault’s HomeByMe, an interior design CAD, was migrated from a native desktop application to a pure web application using Cheerp, our C++ to WebAssembly compiler.
Also, with Adobe announcing the support for Flash ending at the end of 2020, we have been working on a new technology to preserve Flash content. We had the opportunity to present our technology at the WebAssembly San Francisco meet up, providing a few live demos to the audience. You can watch the presentation on this link.
What’s the biggest barrier to growth you face as an SME?
The main value that our tools bring is to provide an automated, low-cost migration and modernisation solution for large-scale legacy applications. Therefore, our target customers tend to be large organisations, including public sector and government.
As an SME proposing a quite unique approach to the problem of modernisation of legacy systems, it is not always easy to get our message through to large-scale organisations. Legacy systems pose a significant barrier to an organisations digital transformation especially when they form the backbone of many enterprises and tackling this is issue is often perceived as very expensive and complex. With our solutions, it really doesn’t need to be.
Which of techUK’s programmes are you hoping to get involved in?
We are particularly interested in working with all the Tech for Government programmes as our technology may offer a substantial improvement to existing applications that are accessed over the internet and services to help set up and maintain cloud software or hosting services.
Within the NHS, MOD and Education sector till this day, legacy systems are still being used that leave them open to many security risks, issues and dependency on legacy technologies. Through techUK we want to share with the Government and Public Sector how we can guide digital transformation and how our solutions can improve the overall operational performance.