Micro Focushas released a new enterprise app which enables firms to modernise "green-screen" applications on mobile devices.
Rumba+ Mobile on iPad is the first terminal emulator and user interface modernisation app for tablets.
The newly presented interfaces help boost productivity and brings a modern look and feel to legacy business applications, Micro Focus said in a statement.
This is without the need to change application code or use specialist development skills.
It offers a native iPad client application and turns green-screen applications into touch screen apps, with integrated and customisable gestures capabilities or skins.
It also enables the use of controls such multi-green-screen tables, tabs, images calendars and drop down menus.
iPad gestures are also fully integrated and can be customised to interact with the host or to control the terminal emulation session.
Micro Focus director, Kevin Brearley said the need for mobile apps was challenging the agility of many critical legacy applications.
"Traditional 3270 and 5250 or 'green-screen' applications are a good example of this," he said.
"They can be considered outdated, difficult to learn and navigate for today’s modern user. This not only frustrates employees, but often affects a business’ customer service.
"In trying to bring these applications forward, organisations often rewrite the entire green-screen application, or adopt a middleware solution that connects business logic on the mainframe to the user interface.
"It’s time consuming and costly and can have an unacceptable time to market.
He said Rumba enabled businesses to extend existing application investments through the modernisation of mainframe and iSeries green-screen applications.
"Adopting new trends and technologies allowing mobility like this can enhance a business’ agility and ultimately their competitive advantage.