Does your business run an IBM i, iSeries or AS400 environment? If so, have there ever been tasks you’d like to perform that your current business application lacks functionality for? For example are there any manual processes which you would like to automate. Developing bespoke applications can help – but where do you begin if you want to keep these applications on the IBM i server?
Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are knowledgeable experts in all things IBM i – including support, admin and programming. Their IBM ILE RPG and Java programmers can code a tailored solution that’s ideal for your needs. Here’s how...
What is ILE RPG?
RPG is a high-level programming language used for coding business applications. Its history dates back many years – as far as 1959. The latest version, ILE RPG (or RPG IV) is a powerful language used predominantly to code applications for IBM i.
What could ILE RPG & Java programming do for me?
In a nutshell, using ILE RPG and Java you can code bespoke solutions for your IBM i environment.
Why do I need bespoke IBM i applications?
There are lots of potential reasons. Perhaps your business has changed and now works in a way that isn’t handled within the solution you have. Software tailored to your precise needs will help you work more efficiently, saving time and – ultimately – saving money.
What if I’m mostly happy with my current IBM i applications?
If you’re only “mostly” happy with them, an experienced IBM i programmer could extend and expand their functionality to the point where your applications are doing everything you need them to.
So if I don’t have the ILE RPG & Java skills , what can I do?
Speak to experts such as Life IT. Their skilled developers have over 20 years’ experience of coding for IBM environments, and they’ve carried out bespoke solution development for the IBM i server in a variety of programming languages – including ILE RPG & Java.
What can Life IT do for me?
Brief Life IT on what you need and their programmers will develop, test and install your bespoke IBM i solutions. They also offer a full range of support services for your IBM i environment – ensuring it’s working to its full potential.
How do I find out more?
Simple... to learn more about Life IT’s IBM i, AS400 and iSeries solutions – including their expert programming services – visit www.lifeit.co.uk/development.

What others say about us

“Without the professional and expert support of Life IT, we wouldn’t have had the quality product we now have. They gently but insistently pushed the boundaries of our assumptions during the analysis phase, getting us to challenge our mind-sets and think outside the box. They then worked seamlessly as part of our team and delivered to time and to budget – no mean feat”.

James Hacking
Head of Technical Services—HCSS

“As we’d already invested significantly in Lotus Notes and Domino, a solution that built on our existing investment and skills was ideal. Life IT understood what was important to us and delivered a solution that met our needs. We’ve already seen the number of ‘distress calls’ to the sales office reduce as our sales managers can easily access customer data off line wherever they are and we’ve had positive feedback all round about the ability to update their call reports instantly on the road.”

Colin Mosley
Head of IT—Polyflor

“The Life IT solution has provided us with a significant reduction in support and maintenance costs and is an easy to use, more resilient and more easily maintainable system. As a business that handles thousands of transactions a day from 12 different own brand or white label websites it was vital that the whole process was seamless and, with the renewal of the support and maintenance contract from our existing supplier looming, it was also vital that the project came in on deadline. Life IT achieved this and more as they provided us with additional MI functionality and supported our staff whilst transferring their skills.’

Andrew Kirkham
Head of IT Development—DLR

“Life IT are doing a great job providing a very professional and efficient service. They are almost silently efficient and just get things done – only escalating issues when necessary. Their expertise in the AS400 is a key strength ensuring a real depth to their service and they keep us up to date with advances in technology too. So from an AS400 perspective I have very little to worry about.”

John Geary
IT Service Delivery Manager

“After the restructure I was left with a critical resource gap which quickly needed filling, having worked with Life IT before I gave them a call. Their response was swift and efficient. They now work as a virtual Center Parcs help desk team providing a strength and depth of support. Their flexible working based on a time bank system is real value for money. So not only do I get an expert and efficient service, I have reduced my resource costs!”

Kerry Moakes
Head of IT—Center Parcs

“We wanted flexible support to ensure 24/7 cover and Life IT worked with us to deliver this. Life IT has become integrated into the Bentley way of working and their role has expanded into looking at the technical side of the application as well as the support. “Our relationship has been built up over a significant period of time and both sides have worked hard to develop a supplier/customer relationship that can be used as a model throughout Bentley. We are now in the position where we have a pro-active partnership, Life IT are treated as part of Bentley, and that is a credit to them”.

Chris Sayers
Senior IS Manager—Bentley Motors

Support options

From full 24 by 7 operations to month end support and holiday cover, we can tailor a fixed price solution to fit seamlessly with your IT department.

So we offer a wide range of technical support services including IBM i, System P, Domino and SQL Server, to proactively monitor the availability and performance of your systems within a fixed price contract.

The key to our Application Support is that it’s ‘tailored’ to your exact requirements, with the flexibility to increase the resources and hours of cover as required.

With a Life support contract, you have access to a multi-skilled team with hardware, operating system and application skills as well as the latest IBM i certifications.

We provide any combination of application, operational and technical support, no matter how current your environment is and no matter how long support is projected for.

Life IT offer bespoke managed Microsoft SQL Server support services which are tailored to our customer’s requirements to ensure their systems are optimized, stable and secure, as well as prepared for future upgrades and updates.

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