AS400 upgrade: If you're running an AS400, IBM i or IBM Power Systems environment, you'll already be aware of its impressive power, reliability and flexibility. But there will inevitably come a time when you’d like to do things in a way your current set-up doesn’t allow.

One of the benefits of AS400 is that you can expand, upgrade and customise to suit the unique needs and demands of your business. However, without the specialist development skills you need to create new applications, you won’t unlock the full potential of your AS400 installation.

Luckily, there are knowledgeable experts who can do this for you. Experts such as Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk). Their team of skilled technicians and programmers can help with all aspects of AS400 installation, As400 support and application development. Here are a few of the ways they can take your AS400 environment to the next level.

Do even more by adding new features
Nothing stands still in business or technology, and it’s important to keep evolving in both. But as you evolve, you’ll find there are functions and tasks you need to perform that your current AS400 server isn’t designed to do. But this certainly doesn’t mean you have to install a completely new system. With the help of an experienced support team such as Life IT, you can have bespoke applications developed to ensure you stay ahead of the game.

Make more of what you have – improve performance
A great way to improve the performance of your AS400 environment is by using the services of an application developer. They’ll tighten up, update and improve your set-up, resulting in a faster running, more stable working environment.

On the go access via web and mobile
The last few years have seen a huge advance in mobile and cloud technology, meaning access from an office-based desktop machine alone is no longer enough. Life IT’s skilled developers can produce bespoke AS400 applications for web and mobile, keeping you connected when you’re on the move – a real necessity in the modern business world.

Why choose Life IT?
With extensive experience in bespoke application development using ILE RPG, Cobol, WebSphere, VB, JAVA, XML & Web Services, Life IT have the experience and skills to ensure your AS400 environment works as hard as it possibly can for you. They offer their wide range of application development services UK-wide, so wherever you are you can benefit from their services.

Find out more about Life IT’s bespoke application development for AS400, and their other comprehensive and professional support services, at 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”.

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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