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Thinkwise Upcycler - for companies with a need for speed

A unique way to kickstart any transformation project: the Thinkwise Upcycler is a practical tool to reuse working functionality in a new technology environment. Do not throw out the ‘good with the bad’, niche applications that are proving to work for you can be made future fit.

Jumpstart your transformation project by 50% with the Thinkwise Upcycler

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Depending on the technology and the available metadata, the extracted model already contains the tables, columns, references, and screen types. In many cases, there is even more information available. This can include what the menus look like, translations of screens, and in some cases existing code that can be ported over.
The Thinkwise Upcycler can also identify which parts of the existing software are no longer used and automatically remove them. This is especially useful when the application has become unnecessarily complex over the years. Finally, it automatically performs the data conversion to your new application.
By using the Thinkwise Upcycler, you instantly create a low-code foundation for your new solution. This means the project starts from a solid – existing - map to quickly construct a new – functional – foundation in a new technology environment.
• Reuse functionality and models
• Fully automated data conversion
• Instantly create a new models based foundation
• Test and try software models and usability during dev process
• Test your business processes before and during transformation

How to – three steps to Upcycling…

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Step 1

Extract metadata for future use.

The first step is to extract as much meta-information and data as possible from the old application. Doing this at the start of the upcycle project will save you a huge amount of time later. The Thinkwise Upcycler extracts the meta-information and data from your current application and imports it into the Upcycler environment.

Step 2

Transform metadata into meta information.

The meta-information file is then imported into the Thinkwise Upcycler, which automatically transforms the meta-information from the legacy system to a new model in the Thinkwise Platform.

Step 3

Deploy decompressed data into the new application.

At this point, the database is deployed and the Thinkwise Upcycler transfers the compressed data to the deployed database. Next, the Service Tier is installed, and finally the Universal GUI. This completes the upcycling process and provides a state-of-the-art user experience on mobile, desktop, and web.

The functionality and the data that helped you to get where you are today are ready for a new life in a new application. After step three, you can make modifications and enhancements to your upcycled application (by adjusting the model in the Thinkwise Platform), where the Thinkwise Platform automatically handles the data conversion for you.

  • “When you fill a data model in the Thinkwise Upcycler, the user interface is almost ready to use straight away. This means users can have a look and give their feedback. That is a valuable addition compared to just drafting a requirements document”
    Edwin Saan
    Business Architect Royal Saan
  • “Thinkwise already modernized our existing business software during the procurement phase. We got a new version of our existing application in a very short time, but completely modernized with a new database and instantly available for Windows Web, tablets, and smartphones”
    Peter Lenferink
    Director/Owner Manter International
  • "Thinkwise demonstrated during the procurement phase that our business processes posed no problem for them. During the intake, they understood how our business processes worked in under 2 hours. This gave us confidence for the rest of the ERP project."
    Johan den Hartigh
    Cost & Revenue Controller W.E.C. Lines
1. What technologies can you modernize with the Upcycler?

The Thinkwise Upcycler can be used across over 50 technologies. Some examples include RPG, Cobol, Oracle, Uniface, and more. Have a look at our legacy technology overview for more information. Besides ‘outdated’ technologies, it can also be used for today’s technologies such as Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics and other low-code platforms such as Bettyblocks. This is particularly interesting when the applications in these modern technologies have become too complex over time, and you need to move up to a development platform fit for size and complexity.

2. Can you also deploy your own ‘upcycles’ as a Thinkwise client, partner or ISV?

As the name suggests, the Thinkwise Upcycler is an integral part of the Thinkwise Platform, so that any user can also perform their own Upcycles. You can use predefined Upcyclers or modify an existing one, which can be a good starting point if you want to Upcycle multiple applications. All of the above comes with full support and training. 

3. Is the Upcycler of any use when building new applications?

After the initial upcycle of your application, you can leverage the full power of the TW platform to further customize, enhance, and expand your application. The platform fully automates the data conversion from the legacy system to every new version, allowing you to continue using the old system if you choose to further develop the upcycled application first.

4. Can you also ‘edit’ the outcome of the Upcycler and optimize the code?

This depends on the legacy technology, but at the very least, it includes the data, and in many cases also meta-information related to business logic, user interface, processes, rights, and more.

Thinkwise is exploring the possibility of using AI to extract even more information by analyzing legacy source code.