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Custom Application Development and Modernization

Creating powerful applications that fuel your business growth.

We will help you realize the benefits in moving to the cloud

Migrating Your Workloads

There isn’t a single, one-size-fits-all strategy for migrating applications to the cloud. The right migration strategy for you will depend on your organization’s needs and priorities, and the kind of applications you are migrating. Not all applications warrant the investment of moving to a platform as a service (PaaS) model or developing a cloud-native application model.

Application Modernization

With Azure, you can build applications without provisioning and managing infrastructure using a fully managed platform.

Custom Development

We help companies just like yours build the next generation of software and enterprise applications with a unique, end-to-end project ownership approach.

Azure DevOps

Azure DevOps provides developer services for support teams to plan work, collaborate on code development, and build and deploy applications.

Why partner with Oakwood?

Oakwood has roots dating back 40+ years. Over that time our skills have evolved to remain relevant in order to meet the development needs of our clients. Members of our development team are experts with Microsoft .NET, JavaScript, SQL & the mobile and web application technologies that you need to power your business applications.

As a Microsoft Solutions Partner you can be confident you’ve partnered with a Team that can bring your vision to reality.

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Featured Clients

bjc healthcare
arco construction
genus plc
saint louis zoo
kansas city southern
drury hotels
washington university st. louis

The Importance of Modernizing Legacy Applications

In today’s world it’s becoming increasingly difficult to maintain a competitive advantage when relying on monolithic legacy systems.


of businesses are impeded from harnessing the full potential of digital technologies due to their reliance on legacy applications.


of businesses believe that legacy systems are incapable of addressing the emerging requirements of the digital business.


of IT leaders agree that modernized IT systems are critical to meet emerging digital business demands.


believe that not modernizing IT systems will negatively impact the long-term growth of their organization.

How To Get Started

Oakwood’s Application Modernization Team has a variety of solutions aimed at helping organizations like yours build or evolve their applications. Below are a few of our most requested engagements.

Application Migration Strategy & Planning

Oakwood’s Migration Strategy & Roadmap Planning is a 4-week engagement based on an objective, data driven analysis that will prepare you for a successful Azure migration.

Application Testing

Oakwood’s goal is to deliver a comprehensive automated testing solution so as to enhance the quality of your applications while reducing costs, maximizing ROI, and saving development time.

DevOps Briefing

This comprehensive briefing will help you develop a better understanding of how to implement Azure DevOps within your business – no matter what tools you’re currently using.

Types of Application Modernization

There are three main types of cloud migration you can perform — on-premises to cloud, cloud to cloud, or cloud to on-premises. When performing any of these three migration types, there are four methods and strategies you can use.

Rehost (Lift & Shift)

Move an application to the cloud without making any changes to take advantage of cloud capabilities.


Move an application to the cloud and introduce some level of optimization to take advantage of cloud capabilities. Some minor refactoring may be required.


Move an application and modify its architecture by taking full advantage of cloud-native features to improve agility, performance, and scalability.


Discarding the code for an existing application, re-architecting of the application and then rebuilding as a PaaS solution.

Samples of Recent Work

drury hotels custom app dev case study

Custom Application Development for Hospitality

Drury Hotels needed to make a meaningful change to the way users engage. They needed a responsive website solution designed to allow increased flexibility for mobile users to make and modify reservations, engaged through high-touch means with improved application flow.

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IoT in Manufacturing

This $2B manufacturing company was in the process of transitioning from a commodity player to a leader in the innovation space. They have been granted an opportunity to reshape the way they view their products & the needs of their customers. To capitalize on these needs – a cost effective, technical business innovation was required.

prs app dev case study

APIs, Web Applications & Device Sourcing

Premium Retail Services (PRS) came to Oakwood to assist in overcoming technology challenges by providing product and technical architecture guidance. We aided PRS in developing the next generation of their employee, operations, and asset tracking applications to leverage field devices.

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IoT & Analytics

A nearly century old manufacturing company builds, sells, and supports a broad number of mechanically precise grinding machines to the defense and transportation industries. Their individual machines each has the ability to capture a host of metrics regarding their operations, but were not able to analyze or report data.

We design, build and manage custom business and web applications for today’s modern consumer.​

Engage customers and users on their own terms.​

As one of the Midwest’s oldest technology service businesses, we offer a solid history and proven track record. We’ve been delivering technology solutions from the days of mainframes to today’s cloud environments, working with many of the latest technologies and progressive organizations.

Azure Application Development
On-Premises to Azure Application Migration
Mobile-First/Responsive App Development
Application Monitoring & Testing
RPA / Workflow Automation