Northdoor launches IBM System i legacy modernisation service

Source: Northdoor

Northdoor, an independent IT consultancy and provider of full lifecycle solutions primarily to the financial services industry, today announced it is launching in the UK and Ireland an IBM System i legacy modernisation service.

The service will allow firms to unlock significant additional value and extended life from their aging System i applications.

System i applications are written in the RPG computer language, a legacy technology by today's standards. Skills shortages and high maintenance costs are now associated with RPG and there is no in-built support for innovations such as web-services or the creation of a service oriented architecture (SOA). Some System i applications also present an out-dated 'green-screen' user interface which can lead to poor productivity and user dissatisfaction.

"Despite the limitations of System i applications, many companies are rightly reluctant to replace them as they are reliable and encapsulate extensive and proven business logic," said David Ballard, consultancy director at Northdoor. "But there is a way to extend the life of these investments for many years to come. System i applications can now be modernised to present user-friendly and productive Windows interfaces and to allow new functionality, including web-services, to be incorporated via modern technologies such as Microsoft .NET and Java."

Northdoor's service combines the expertise of its own consultants with the Rapid Application Modernisation Process (RAMP) software tool from LANSA, a new Northdoor business partner. LANSA is a provider of application development, modernisation and integration software used by thousands of companies worldwide.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) is an existing customer of both partners. "We find Northdoor's System i expertise invaluable and have high hopes for our imminent use of LANSA," said IT Director, Eugene O'Donnell. "I am convinced that Northdoor's modernisation offering and LANSA's toolset will benefit us."

"Northdoor is a highly respected and influential player in the IBM System i community," said Martin Fincham, General Manager, LANSA EMEA. "Their domain expertise in the Financial Services sector is unrivalled, as is their knowledge and skills associated with the System i platform. We are delighted that they will be employing LANSA with their clients as the preferred approach to legacy application modernisation."

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