The IBM iSeries (commonly referred to by its former name of AS/400) is a powerful, flexible system that will provide your business with many years of reliable service.
However, as we all know, technology moves on at an alarming pace, and today’s high-end equipment won’t be high-end for long. That certainly doesn’t mean you need to constantly replace your system – a much cheaper way to stay up to date is with regular upgrades.
IBM i is certainly powerful, but with that power comes an inevitable degree of complexity, so knowing what – and when – to upgrade can be difficult.
But there’s no need to panic – help is at hand.
Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are well-established knowledgeable experts in all things AS/400. They know the infrastructure inside out – including what, when and how to upgrade...
Stay up to date with the latest operating system
Upgrading to the latest OS release will ensure your system has the latest features, the tightest security and runs at optimum levels. What’s more, OS releases are only officially supported for finite periods of time, meaning that newer software may not run and solutions to problems could be more difficult to resolve.
Entrust your OS upgrade to Life IT and they’ll perform pre-upgrade checks, looking for potential compatibility issues before upgrading your AS/400 server begins. They’ll also perform the upgrade out of office hours, keeping downtime to a minimum.
Do even more with bespoke application solutions
Sometimes a simple OS upgrade isn’t enough. You may require functionality that the standard OS doesn’t provide, or you may need a solution that’s so specific to your business that no off-the-peg software can fully do the job. In these instances, developing bespoke applications can increase functionality and tailor your AS/400 environment to suit your specific needs. But unless you happen to have a talented coder on your team, it’s not straightforward.
Let Life IT take care of the nuts and bolts of IBM i application development for you. They have a team of skilled programmers who are experts in ILE RPG, Cobol, WebSphere, VB, JAVA, XML and Web Services. Whether you require web-based, desktop or mobile solutions, Life IT can develop AS/400 applications that will make your workflow simpler, easier and faster.
AS/400 upgrades are easy with Life IT
No matter what AS/400 upgrades you require, Life IT can deliver. They offer their expert services UK-wide, so no matter where your IBM i set-up is based, they’ll be able to upgrade you. What’s more, Life IT are certified IBM Premier Business Partners, you can rest assured you’re in safe, knowledgeable hands.
Find out more at http://www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/system-i/.
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”.
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.”
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.’
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.”
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!”
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”.
Senior IS Manager—Bentley Motors
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.
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.