Traditionally, the Vantea SMART solutions had been client-based applications that needed to be installed and managed on the customer’s devices. Vantea knew it needed to provide web-based access to its solutions, but the time, cost, and complexity of redeveloping the applications for the web were daunting.
“Redeveloping our solutions for the web would have taken at least one year and would have cost a minimum of $250,000 – and probably much more,” said Leonardo Nuzzo, Team Leader, Research & Development at Vantea SMART. “At the end of the day, we needed a simpler and more cost-effective way to deliver the desktop experience that our customers are used to, through the browser instead of an installed app.”
Prior to selecting Cameyo, the Vantea SMART team tried both Windows remote Desktop and Amazon AppStream 2.0. Both solutions had significant challenges in terms of scale, management complexity, and cost.
“We first tried Windows Remote Desktop, but we could only enable one person per customer to access our solutions with Remote Desktop,” said Nuzzo. “And on top of that, the complexity of setup and management was just way too much.”
For example, before even beginning the setup for Windows Remote Desktop, the Microsoft site lists the following criteria that need to be met:
What you’ll need to set up the web client
Before getting started, keep the following things in mind:
- Make sure your Remote Desktop deployment has an RD Gateway, an RD Connection Broker, and RD Web Access running on Windows Server 2016 or 2019.
- Make sure your deployment is configured for per-user client access licenses (CALs) instead of per-device, otherwise all licenses will be consumed.
- Install the Windows 10 KB4025334 update on the RD Gateway. Later cumulative updates may already contains this KB.
- Make sure public trusted certificates are configured for the RD Gateway and RD Web Access roles.
- Make sure that any computers your users will connect to are running one of the following OS versions:
- Windows 10
- Windows Server 2008R2 or later
- Your users will see better performance connecting to Windows Server 2016 (or later) and Windows 10 (version 1611 or later).
After testing of Windows Remote Desktop proved it wasn’t a viable long-term solution, Vantea tried Amazon AppStream 2.0 next.
“Amazon AppStream was even more costly and complex,” said Nuzzo. “AppStream was very complicated to use, and even more complex to manage all the servers for all of the different customers we were servicing. It just wasn’t an option for us to deliver and maintain our solutions for our customers that way.”
The Cameyo Difference
When the Vantea SMART developers came across Cameyo’s virtual application delivery platform, they quickly realized it could provide a significantly better user experience while dramatically reducing the time and cost involved in deployment.
“Even with the best-case scenario of our application redevelopment taking one year and $250,000 in cost, that’s still a lot of time and money,” said Nuzzo. “With Cameyo, our full implementation took less than a week. And now our customers have access to the full desktop versions of our solutions on any device, from the browser – with absolutely no software redevelopment required.”
And since Vantea SMART is an independent software vendor (ISV) who frequently updates its solutions with new features and functionality, Cameyo also simplifies ongoing updates to Vantea’s customers.
“Prior to Cameyo our customers would have to update the software on every user’s device whenever we released new versions,” said Nuzzo. “Now we can update the software once on Cameyo and push the new functionality to all users instantly.”To learn more about Vantea SMART’s suite of innovative ERP solutions, please visit https://www.vantea.com/. And to see how other companies are using Cameyo’s virtual application delivery platform to enable access to any Windows application on any device, visit https://cameyo.com/case-studies/.