SAP Uses Visual WebGui to Develop Global Test Management Web Application

Gizmox, the developer of the Visual WebGui open source platform, today announced that leading software development company SAP saved more than $720,000 in development costs of its web-based global test management system using Visual WebGui’s rapid application development framework. SAP’s NetWeaver UI Test Development team delivered their VWG-based web application in just 9 months using only 2 developers, cutting SAP’s expenditures on development time and personnel costs by more than 50% from the team’s original 5 person, 18 month allocation.

Charged with creating a global, centralized test management application needed to manage testing resources and test plans being developed around the world, SAP’s NetWeaver UI Test Development team was instructed to deliver a high quality solution fast. After toying with ASP.NET, the development team became dissatisfied with the quality and breadth of its controls. SAP considered the use of 3rd party web controls, but the price and complexities involved with implementation became too costly. But after evaluating the advantages of developing with Visual WebGui, SAP adopted the framework. The completed VWG-based application called SNAP (SAP NetWeaver Test Automation Project) delivers a great operational and cost-saving value to SAP. The web-based solution serves more than 500 users worldwide and has earned rave reviews from SAP executives as a highly responsive and usable system. Today, the application’s ongoing maintenance and new releases are handled by an even smaller team than the original 2 developers.

“My team and I tried other open source AJAX frameworks and some commercial solutions, but none of them answered our needs. Then came Gizmox, who developed an AJAX framework with a totally different concept than what was available out there,” said Asaf Saar, team Leader of SAP Labs NetWeaver UI Test Development team. “Basically, with Visual WebGui, you develop your web applications as if you are developing a Windows Forms based application. Then, you compile your project and magic, you get a web page with an amazing rich look and feel in half the development time. My team and I loved Visual WebGui because we feel more at home with Visual Basic and C# for Windows, and developing with Visual WebGui means you don’t need to be an expert in ASP.NET or Ajax to create enterprise-grade applications for the web.”

Navot Peled, CEO and founder of Gizmox said, “Visual WebGui provides a realistic and dramatic cost-saving solution for application development. Our framework allows enterprises to create new and upgrade existing business applications with complete functionality, while at the same time cutting time to market by a proven 90 percent, a sizable value during IT budget cuts in volatile economic times.”

Visual WebGui allows software developers to create web applications in a Windows and ASP.NET environment by simply porting their newly developed or upgraded existing applications to the cutting-edge Ajax or Silverlight web environment with a push of the button and without rewrites. Visual WebGui allows users to develop applications in WinForms and dual deploy to the web as ASP.NET or as a standalone WinForms applications. The Visual WebGui client employs JavaScript, XSL and CSS to deliver applications-like GUI components that look, feel, and behave like their desktop counterparts, allowing for the creation a true desktop experience on the web.

About Gizmox

Gizmox, the developer of Visual WebGui open source platform and a member of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program was founded in July 2007. Gizmox enables web like desktop platforms; its SDK has been downloaded by over 300,000 individuals and software houses with more than 25,000 active community members. More than 30,000 VWG applications have been built, and are in production at enterprises such as SAP, Israel Aerospace Industry, 3 out of 4 leading Israeli Banks, 4 out of 6 leading Israeli insurance companies, government offices, and multi-national companies such as Trysis, NetworkD, Net Size, American File Net, Phoenix insurance company, Blue Phoenix, Texas Instrument and many more. The company is funded by Venture Capital and private investors. Its one of the founders and active chairman of the board is Professor Arie Scope founder of Microsoft’s Israel subsidiary, and its former General Manager and Chairman for 16 years.

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