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    A world of support

    Life IT specialises in support and consultancy for our customers' entire IT environments, no matter what the platform, applications and business objectives - providing a unified solution to tackle complex system requirements.

    Our flexible support contracts offer far more than the standard insurance provided through legacy maintenance agreements. Life IT customers are assured of the highest levels of availability for any eventuality, with our proactive approach to maximising system uptime.

    This unified solution saves our customers a significant amount of time and budget, with just one contract providing them with a whole world of support.

  • Support


    Life IT specialises in support for IBM POWER, IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft environments. 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. We tackle complex systems where a combination of requirements would normally mean that more than one party is required.

  • Domino


    Life IT provides a full range of Lotus Notes and Domino services, from administration and implementation through to application development and support.

    IBM Domino products provide a multi-platform foundation for collaboration and e-business, driving solutions from mail and instant messaging through to CRM and web based transactions.

  • System i

    System i

    IBM System i (formerly iSeries & AS/400) is one of the most flexible servers on the market today.

    As an IBM Premier Business Partner, Life IT have a powerful range of solutions and services, which enhance this flexibility to ensure your systems security and ensure high availability.

  • Development


    If, like many of our clients, you operate in a dynamic environment then you need a business partner who can update and modify your applications to meet your changing needs. We recognise that few organisations have a single development toolset. We offer our clients the widest range of skills and support including IBM, Microsoft and Java technologies.

    Whatever technologies you use we can get disparate systems talking to each other, better connect you with your customers and suppliers, reduce administration overheads and streamline processes.

Monthly Archives: May 2013


How to Upgrade Your AS/400 System the Easy Way

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.

System 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 System 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 System 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/.


Published Date: 28th May 2013
Category: General



Celebrate IBMs 25th Anniversary with 25 month 0% interest rate financing from IBM Global Financing

Make your IBM solution acquisition more affordable and stay ahead of your competition with the latest in IBM products in 2013 and 25 month 0% financing. The IBMi 25 year Anniversary offering from IBM Global Financing: no payment during month 1 followed by 8 quarterly payments at 0% interest rate. Payments are easily calculated by dividing the purchase price by 8. Eligible products are IBM Power Express models and select Systems Software. Offering is valid for orders shipped with IBM i software between May 1st, 2013 and September 30th, 2013.

Terms and Conditions apply. Please contact Life IT for full details.


Published Date: 22nd May 2013
Category: General, Microsoft
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Don’t Let Your IBM Lotus Domino Fall: Ensure You Have Expert Administration

IBM Lotus Domino performs crucial functions for businesses. It’s a powerful collaborative tool, offering communications, ecommerce and CRM.  As it can drive so many important parts of your business, efficient system administration is essential.

From server installation and monitoring to bespoke solution development, Life IT knows all the leading server technology, operating systems and applications inside out – and this includes IBM Lotus Domino. Here’s how IT specialists such as Life IT can help you ensure your Domino environment remains stable, secure and efficient.

Flexible administration – remote or on-site

One of the great benefits of Lotus Domino is that all administrative tasks can be carried out remotely. This means you don’t necessarily have to employ a member of staff with Domino experience, but can leave the administration to a third-party professional with remote access. Prefer admin to be carried out on-site? Third-party specialists can come out to your premises, too.

Get regular healthchecks and monitoring

Make sure your Domino environment is kept up to date with the latest software, and that it’s monitored regularly to spot potential issues before they become problems. If your team lacks the experience and knowledge to do this, consider the use of external support – or get them trained up…

Domino systems admin training for your team

Maybe you have reliable IT technicians who are capable and bright, but who lack the specific Lotus Domino knowledge they need to perform proper system admin for it. Specialists such as Life IT can provide thorough training for your team, teaching them everything they need to know to keep your Lotus Domino server up and running.

Holiday cover for your Domino expert

Maybe you already have an experienced sys admin who knows Domino like the back of his hand. But what do you do when he takes a holiday? If you’re using Lotus Domino for collaborative working, online transactions or CRM, you’ll be desperate to minimise the risk of downtime – which is why taking advantage of professional Domino support is essential.

So don’t let your Domino fall. Whether you need someone to look after your system administration (permanently or temporarily), support in monitoring your Domino environment, or you just need training for your own sys admins, Life IT can help. As well-established experts in all things Domino, they can provide their services across the UK, and can access your system remotely or visit you on-site.

Find out more about how Life IT’s IBM Lotus Domino administration services can help you at www.lifeit.co.uk, or call 01625 547979.



Published Date: 15th May 2013
Category: IBM, lotus domino support



What Would Happen If Lotus Notes Just Stopped Working: The Importance of Support

If your business is running an IBM Lotus Domino server, chances are it also runs IBM Lotus Notes clients. It’s powerful, flexible and boasts fantastic collaborative features – as long as it’s working.

Sure, Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino may be reliable and secure, but it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. Should your server or client develop issues, the downtime could have serious ramifications for your business.

But it doesn’t have to be like that – not if you have robust Lotus Notes support in place.

Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are experts in providing IT solutions for a wide range of infrastructures and environments, including IBM Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes. Here’s their reminder for you of just what you’d lose if your Lotus Notes client went down – and how it can be avoided.

Lose email and you’re cut off from the world.

Over the last decade, email has replaced the telephone as the dominant method of B2B communication. At day without email may sound like bliss – until you think of the money your business could potentially lose. For this reason, you’ll want to do as much as possible to keep Lotus Notes up and running.

Productivity without productivity software? Not gonna happen.

How long could your office survive without access to its niche applications before everything grinds to a standstill? If Lotus Notes isn’t functioning properly, it could prevent your internal systems such as timesheets, expenses & CRM from running – blocking access to much-needed information.

Do you know how to contact your contacts?

You probably use Lotus Notes to manage your contacts, so unless you’ve got a dusty old Rolodex as a back-up, if Lotus Notes goes down you could be without vital contact details. Remember, disruptions to communications steal time from your day – which might as well by stealing money from your bank.

Avoid disruption with expert support

Whatever you’re using Lotus Notes for, you won’t want to be without it for a second of your working day. For this reason, it’s essential to have comprehensive Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes support in place.

Having a professional IT supplier monitor your server and applications means potential issues will be identified and resolved immediately, keeping you up and running and reducing the risk of loss of data – and loss of money.

Lotus Notes support and monitoring when you need it with Life IT

Whether you need office hours monitoring or round-the-clock support for your Lotus Notes set-up, Life IT can help. They’ve worked with businesses across the UK to provide support for Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino servers and a wide range of other infrastructures and environments. And if you need bespoke applications, they’ll develop them to your precise requirements.

Find out more about IBM Lotus Notes support at www.lifeit.co.uk.


Published Date: 1st May 2013
Category: IBM
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