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"For example, if an insurance company comes out with a new application, but it is too hard to make the needed changes in the existing infrastructure," he said. "Make's solution is not a manual rewrite of the application. Instead, it has a very sophisticated solution that allows us to extract the information out of legacy applications. It is a much more elegant approach."
Make helps re-architect existing applications and data for migration to Java or .Net platforms, said Bill Bergen, president of Vancouver, British Columbia-based Make.
"It's not an easy process," Bergen said. "But it's significantly easier and less risky than a re-write. We capture the existing operations and data from the beginning so we don't have to completely re-do them over from scratch."
Make analysis technology will also allow Dell Services to analyze a customer's entire enterprise portfolio as part of an overall enterprise strategy plan, Wolf said.
"Some applications may be moved to new packaging, some re-written, some re-hosted on Clerity," he said.
Make and Clerity let Dell provide a complete migration capability, Bergen said. "Customers with Dell get one place to shop and hold hands throughout the migration process," he said.
The Clerity acquisition has already closed. The Make acquisition is expected to close sometime during Dell's second fiscal quarter.