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This presentation is entitled “Your iSeries is a jewel…but what about the software?” Why? Well, because I am frustrated by how many people judge the IBM iSeries based on what they see on the ...

This presentation is entitled “Your iSeries is a jewel…but what about the software?” Why? Well, because I am frustrated by how many people judge the IBM iSeries based on what they see on the green screen. People often forget that a system is composed of two fundamental parts; the hardware and the software. Guess what? There is nothing wrong with your iSeries hardware! In many cases it’s the applications that are being judged as modern or not. During this real-life customer case study you will see that everything is possible with an iSeries at the heart of your enterprise.

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  • Good afternoon. My name is Martin Fincham and I am the General Manager for LANSA’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. My thanks to iSeriesInfo for inviting us to present a case study that demonstrates iSeries modernisation in action. I have called this presentation “Your iSeries is a jewel…but what about the software?”. Why? Well, because I am frustrated by how many people judge the iSeries based on what they see on the screen. People forget that a system is composed of two fundamental parts; the hardware and the software. Guess what? There is nothing wrong with your iSeries hardware! In many cases it’s the applications that are being judged as modern or not. During the case study you will see that everything is possible with an iSeries at the heart of your enterprise.

Your iSeries is a jewel...but what about the software? Your iSeries is a jewel...but what about the software? Presentation Transcript

  • Your iSeries is a jewel … but what about the software ? LANSA Case Study Martin Fincham General Manager - Europe, Middle East & Africa LANSA
  • About LANSA
    • Founded 1987, privately-held
    • Number 1 ISV for iSeries Application Development and Integration Tools
      • 7,000+ LANSA customers
      • Distributed in over 65 countries
      • 300+ LANSA Business Partners
    • IBM Developer’s Roadmap Member
      • Premier Business Partner
    • Microsoft Midrange Alliance Program
      • Founding Member, Gold Certified
  • State of the iSeries Market
    • Top platforms for development
      • iSeries (AS/400 and i5) = 99%
      • Windows Server = 45%
      • Windows Desktop = 36%
      • No other platform over 10%
    • Future of the iSeries platform
      • Fully committed = 62%
      • Continue, move some functionality = 25%
      • Migrate off = <10%
  • LANSA’s Philosophy
    • Modernisation is a perpetual process
    Application Logic Platform Connectivity User Interface
  • Royal Wagenborg Case Study
    • Global Dutch logistics provider
      • Shipping, ferries, warehousing, road transport, crane rental, stevedoring etc.
    • Dedicated iSeries shop since 1990
      • All core business applications
    • Traditional RPG / 5250 heritage
      • Began to modernise with SSA's AS/SET and Microsoft Visual Basic
    • Switched to LANSA in 2000
  • Royal Wagenborg Toolset
    • Visual LANSA
      • Rapid Application Development
        • 5250, Windows, Web, PDA, …
      • Simple to Learn, Use and Maintain
      • More productive than RPG or Java
      • Same tool for iSeries and Windows
    • LANSA Integrator
      • Connect your iSeries to anything
      • Format and distribute documents
      • Convert between different file formats and transport protocols
      • Publish and consume Web Services
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  • Enterprise System
  • System Overview
    • On-board
      • Windows PCs / SQL Server
    • On-shore
      • Windows PCs / iSeries Server
    • On-the-Web
      • Web site for passenger reservations
    • Over-the-Internet
      • XML data exchange with suppliers
  • From this…
  • To this…
  • … and this
  • Online Passenger Reservations
  • How did they achieve all this?
    • Development team of only 6 people
      • mix of experienced and younger people
      • transition to LANSA was smooth for everyone
    • Visual LANSA and LANSA Integrator
    • IBM iSeries model 810 for production
    • Integrates CODA financial and EMIS HR systems
  • In their own words “ With LANSA our iSeries can offer Windows and Web applications as well as XML transactions. It is a fast and reliable platform.” “ LANSA paints the complete picture. We can do it all with our own team. LANSA's methodology appeals to us and fits our pragmatic business culture.”
  • More Case Studies www.lansa.com/casestudies
  • State of the iSeries Market
    • Highest priority future projects
      • #1 – modernisation
      • #2 – trading partner connectivity
      • #3 – web self-service / e-commerce
    • Progress along modernisation path
      • Haven’t started = 51%
      • Evaluating choices = 20%
      • Committed to a direction = 10%
      • Pilot or finished deliverable = 18%
    Sample: 917 responses © 2005 LANSA / iSeries Network Survey (not for distribution)
  • Summary
    • You can do anything with an iSeries
    • Modernisation is a process, not an event
    • Get new tools not new developers!
    • Have long-term vision but a step-wise plan
    • New technology can be very complex
      • Tame this complexity with tools that insulate
      • Strive for maximum developer productivity
      • Find a single skill set for any application
      • Remain iSeries centric but platform neutral
  • Martin Fincham General Manager - Europe, Middle East & Africa LANSA Get Modern. Stay Modern. Forever. www.lansa.com