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  • A world of support

    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: April 2014


Why Expert System i Training Is Essential – And How Life IT Can Provide It

If you’re responsible for providing support for an IBM AS/400, iSeries or System i environment, you’ll know just how important the system is to your business. And chances are you’d benefit from some System i training in order to keep your hardware and software running smoothly and efficiently.

Or maybe you’re a System i user who wants to make sure you’re making the most of the system. But where can you find high quality training you can trust?

The answer: with Life IT. They offer System i training, support and bespoke solution development services UK-wide.

Here’s why it’s essential to have expert System i training – and why you should consider choosing Life IT as your training provider…

User training for improved productivity
Your System i users are almost certainly finding working in a System i environment a rewarding experience. But there may be things they could be doing faster or more efficiently. By making sure they’re using System i to its full potential, you’ll maximise productivity.

Fewer disruptions, less downtime
Ensure your administrators have in-depth knowledge of System i and they’ll be able to spot issues before they become big problems – which will minimise the chance of your system going down. They’ll also be able to get your system back up and running much faster after any crashes. System i training from Life IT can help get your team up to speed with best practices – as well as teaching them a few useful tricks they won’t find in the manual.

Less reliance on third-party support
For some businesses it’s entirely necessary to have third-party System i support (indeed, this is one of the many services offered by Life IT). But if you have an on-site support team, and they’re given thorough System i training, you can minimise the need outside suppliers.

Why choose Life IT for System i training?
There are so many reasons! First of all, as IBM Premier Business Partners, Life IT are knowledgeable experts in all things System i, iSeries and AS/400. What’s more, Life IT will tailor your System i training programme to the precise needs of you and your team, meaning you’ll get the best possible value for money – and a team who can work more efficiently and productively.

Courses from Life IT include systems operations, work management, client access, programming and many others, all designed to turn System i novices into knowledgeable experts and power users.

Find out more about Life IT’s high quality System i training programmes, all available UK-wide, at www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/system-i/training.


Published Date: 30th April 2014
Category: General



AS/400 Support for Legacy or obsolete Systems: Can It Be Done?

IBM’s AS/400, System i and iSeries are powerful, reliable platforms that should provide you with years of hassle-free performance. And by using the services of an expert AS/400 support provider, you can get even longer from your hardware and software.

Life IT are experienced, well-established providers of high quality iSeries, System i and AS/400 support services UK-wide. Their expert teams can keep your AS/400 system up and running for many years – even if it’s no longer officially supported by IBM.

But if my AS/400 environment is no longer supported officially, doesn’t that mean it’s time to upgrade or replace?
Not necessarily. Is your system still stable? Does it still perform quickly and efficiently? Can you carry out all the functions you need? If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, why upgrade or replace the system?

I have a few niggles with my current AS/400 set-up, so is it time to upgrade or replace?
Maybe it is – or maybe you just need better AS/400 support. Choose the well-established team at Life IT as your AS/400 support provider and they’ll perform regular system health checks and carry out performance tuning, ensuring your AS/400 hardware, operating system and applications are all working at their most efficient.

Our internal support team lack the knowledge of older AS/400 systems, so it’s best we change our system.
Again, this isn’t necessarily the case. Life IT can work with your internal AS/400 support team, helping them to deal with things that they may lack the expertise to carry out alone. If you’d prefer to trust all of your AS/400 support to an external supplier, Life IT are more than happy to help. And as they operate UK-wide, whether you need AS/400 support on site or remotely, Life IT can deliver.

So, to clarify: can I still get professional AS/400 support for a legacy or obsolete set-up?
You can with Life IT. They’ve been working with iterations of AS/400, System i and iSeries for many years, and are more than happy to offer their expert AS/400 support services for systems that have officially reached the end of their life. And as IBM Premier Business Partners, so you can trust Life IT with complete confidence.

So don’t go to the expense of changing things unnecessarily. Life IT can provide high-quality AS/400 support for your system no matter how “obsolete” it may be – and when time finally comes to replace the system, they’ll be there to help you.

Visit www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/system-i/system-i-support/  to learn more about their UK-wide AS/400 support and bespoke solution development services.


Published Date: 30th April 2014
Category: General