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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.

Category Archives: General


IBM Hardware Maintenance – Notice of Price Increase

IBM are implementing a price increase from 1st April 2017 for IBM Hardware Maintenance and Software Services, excluding Software Maintenance which IBM reserves the right to change at a later date.

For the majority of IBM products, the increase will be 3%, including usage charges where appropriate, but will not apply to support of IBM System X, Multi Vendor Services, or Hardware Maintenance prices for new products that were announced, or became effective on or after 1st October 2015.

• New contracts will be subject to the 3% price increase, where applicable, from 1st April 2017.

• Existing contracts will be subject to the 3% price increase, where applicable, from 1st July 2017.

• Where an existing contract has a charge increase restriction this will take precedence.

• This increase will not affect contracts that are within a price protection period, other than for any new
machine and feature additions from 1st April 2017.

To discuss the details of this announcement, or how this may affect you in particular, please contact Mark or Kelly on 01625 548111 or email info@lifeit.co.uk


Published Date: 27th March 2017
Category: General, IBM



End of Service Dates

Please find details below regarding End of Service Dates:


From 31st December 2016 IBM no longer directly supports the following IBM Servers:

–          9406-170

–          9406-800

–          9407-515

–          9408-M25

–          3580-H23

IBM will support these servers under their End of Life Multi-Vendor Scheme. Please contact Mark or Kelly on 01625 548111 for more information about your support options for these servers.

Operating System

Every release of IBM i software has a finite support period and when a software release reaches the end of support date, direct upgrades to subsequent releases are only available for a limited time. These are the recent end of service dates:

–          IBM Extended Support for V5R4 ended 30th September 2017.

–          IBM Extended Support is available for V6R1 until 30th September 2018.

Further information regarding System i releases can be found here:


Additional information to track the life of your IBM Servers is available here:


A Technology Refresh is a collection of operating system software that is developed together, packaged together, tested together, and delivered together as a PTF Group for a base release. This spring you will be able to upgrade to new technology refresh versions TR6 and TR7 which will add significant functionality for DB2 for i and enhances IBM i Access Client Solutions.

Fixed Price Upgrade

Life IT have a fixed price upgrade service which is geared to ensuring the success of the upgrade without disrupting your business. It’s a service that draws on the wealth of experience and expertise that comes from undertaking such projects on a regular basis, where our consultants:

–          Co-ordinate delivery of the relevant software from IBM

–          Fully document an implementation plan which details what we’ll do and when

–          Provide end-to-end planning and installation

At £1,800 per upgrade (during working hours – out of hours options are available) this service is both ‘Fixed Price and Hassle Free’.  For more information about our upgrade services please contact Mark or Kelly on 01625 548111.



Published Date: 8th March 2017
Category: General, IBM



New Power Server Announcement

Great news, IBM have announced a new inexpensively priced Power System server which will be available from the 17th March 2017.

The new Power System S812 is specifically for dedicated smaller workloads and is priced at approximately 20% less than the current entry model making it a great replacement if you are currently using older Power (AS/400, iSeries) models or considering a server for HA/DR purposes.

This 1-socket P5 software group system can be ordered with one core for IBM i (up to 25 users) and up to four cores for AIX. The S812 provides the benefits of great performance per core and per socket, utilizing the POWER8 processor. It also provides resilient I/O capabilities, internal storage, and hot-plug PCI capabilities, along with greater reliability, availability, and serviceability.

For IBM i workloads the Power System S812 supports one core licensed for IBM i in a 19-inch rack-mount, 2U (EIA units) drawer configuration, maximum of 64GB DDR4 memory and eight 2.5″ SAS SFF-3 bays for HDD or SSD disks (all hot pluggable)

As an example, for a S812 server configured with:

– 64GB memory

– 8 x 283GB disks

– LTO5 or LTO6 tape drive (sits in a separate multi-media enclosure)

– 25 IBM i user licence

– 3-year software maintenance and 3-year hardware warranty

the price will be under £27,500 + vat.

With 2-year interest, free finance from IBM Global Finance this equates to 8 quarterly payments of £3,437.50 (subject to credit approval).

For more information about IBM Global Finance offers please see the IBM 0% Finance Offer.

To get a better understanding of the cost of a new S812 for your environment, please contact Mark or Kelly on 01625 548111, or email info@lifeit.co.uk




Published Date: 8th March 2017
Category: General, IBM



IBM 0% Finance Offers

IBM Finance have a wide range of payment plans, with simple contracts, rapid approvals and flexible payment structures. Currently there are 0% interest options available for both IBM Software & IBM Systems:

– The deal must be between £5,000 and £640,000

– Quarterly & monthly payments are available

– For IBM software, 50% must be new licenses

– For IBM hardware, this offer excludes platform computing and system z

– For IBM hardware, this offer includes maintenance from IBM (option to exclude)

– Selected ICS software has 0% over 2yrs & 3yrs

– 0% over 24 months on new POWER 8

– Also available on associated V3000/ V5000/V7000 storage

Budgets are always under pressure, so these finance options are a great strategy to balance necessary expenses with the cost of innovation. For further information or an indicative quote please contact Mark at Life IT on 01625 548111.

Note: all options are subject to credit approval.

Please see the IBM video on 0% finance here:





Published Date: 8th March 2017
Category: General, IBM



Stay Competitive in the Cloud with IBM i

IBM Hybrid Cloud

The industry is accelerating to the Cloud but what does it mean for Power Systems and for IBM i?

Cloud has fundamentally changed the way IT builds apps, delivers services, consumes compute power and software, and provides near-instant access to pay-for-use resources and cloud-based platforms for application innovation and delivery. At the same time, cloud is disrupting the traditional models of IT operations and management, leaving most IT leaders searching for a solution that provides optimal:

  • Security, control and compliance
  • Centralized management for heterogeneous data centre
  • Balance between on and off-prem resources for rapid app dev and delivery

How does this affect IBM i users? Many IBM i users are considering cloud options for private cloud environments, public clouds or even a hybrid cloud environment for their businesses. Using IBM Power based solutions, Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/system-i) designs end-to-end cloud options unique to the industry, confirming our commitment to helping clients implement cloud environments with security, control and compliance.

The new cloud models of Power Servers (E870C and E880C) which run IBM i, deliver significant advantages with superior economics allowing clients to reduce operating costs while taking advantage of cloud technical services that only IBM and IBM POWER8 can bring to the table.

Clients can swiftly, and safely connect core business data to cloud applications and services. Features such as access to Bluemix for building, deploying and testing applications (including Watson), and access to SoftLayer for 12 months are both included in this new offering and come with the new POWER8 models.

Many exciting new capabilities are coming to IBM Power and with POWER8 technology’s benefits, Life IT’s clients can be competitive in the cloud. To learn more about these new capabilities, our team can provide a customised blueprint to implement the most suitable Power cloud solution and provide insight on how all of these new features could fit and enhance your system within your existing environment. This is all included as a part of the Power Enterprise Systems for Cloud.

For more information, contact the Life IT team on 01625 547979 or email: info@lifeit.co.uk.


Published Date: 12th October 2016
Category: General, IBM



Top 5 Actions to Take on Social

  • Read and share the IBM i 7.3 blog posts shown with corresponding social tiles. You can share on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and G+.
  • Promote the IBM i 7.3 webinar (either the North America or Europe version) using the social tiles.
  • Share the IBM i strategy paper using the social tile.
  • Follow IBM i Power Champions to RT, engage with them around IBM i 7.3 using the suggested hashtags
    • #IBMi
    • #PowerSystems
  • Stay tuned for details on an upcoming Google Hangout around IBM i




Published Date: 7th July 2016
Category: General, IBM



IBM i Social Media Kit

Watch the video below showing the IBM i Social Media Kit we offer our customers.

Power Systems IBM i 7.3 Announcement Social Media Kit for Partners

What’s in the social kit?

  • Top 5 Actions to Take on Social
  • Social Media Assets to Share
    • Social tiles for Blog Posts
    • Social tiles for Webinar
    • Social tile for Strategy Paper
  • More New IBM i Assets to Share
  • Top Social Media Channels & Hashtags
  • Meet IBM i Power Champions
  • Appendix:
    • IBM i 7.3 Announcement Messaging
    • IBM Systems Social Channels



Published Date: 27th May 2016
Category: General, IBM




Perhaps you already create forms and labels with MarkMagic on your IBM System i?  But what about if your business has applications on other platforms such as AIX, Linux, or Windows?  Wouldn’t it be great if those applications could share the same advanced label and forms capabilities?

Well now they can!  MarkMagic lets you run your favourite barcode labelling/forms/printing software on ALL major platforms – System i, AIX, Linux, and Windows. And, you can seamlessly migrate your existing label and forms formats between your different platforms.

Share the MarkMagic magic by contacting Life IT for a free trial of MarkMagic for your office’s System i AIX, Linux, or Windows machines.

About MarkMagic™

MarkMagic is the easiest way to design and print the barcode labels, electronic forms, reports, and RFID tags you need to communicate with your customers and suppliers. The culmination of years of innovative software engineering, MarkMagic is a total document development solution with features and capabilities not found in any other product on the market.

MarkMagic replaces multiple software packages with one cost-effective, integrated offering to help you add barcode, forms, reports, and RFID technology without programming. Powerful and easy to use, once you try MarkMagic, you’ll see why thousands of software vendors and customers worldwide rely on MarkMagic to create their business critical documents.

Benefits of MarkMagic™

• MarkMagic brings one cost-effective, integrated solution for all your document needs. With MarkMagic there’s no need for separate barcode label, forms, PDF, and report writing software packages, and no need for custom programming.

• MarkMagic is designed for real-world IT requirements for testing and production. You do not need a separate system to develop and test. You can run multiple versions of MarkMagic on the same system at the same time.

• MarkMagic lets you print logos and graphics effortlessly. Adding variable images to complex forms and labels is easy with MarkMagic’s WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, JMagic, and MarkMagic support for conditional printing.

• No programming knowledge is required to achieve professional results. MarkMagic is incredibly easy to use, yet very powerful. Creating rules and overrides are so easy, you can automate, test, and edit your printing processes on the fly.

• You can seamlessly mix and match printer types to meet your business requirements. MarkMagic drives everything from budget thermal label printers to high-speed production ion deposition page printers and specialized print and apply machines.

Don’t be limited by what operating system your software can run on. MarkMagic is a single document solution for all server platforms. Whether you’re on MS Windows, Mac OS, Linux, or IBM Power System i or AIX, we’ve got you covered.  Contact Life IT to discuss your requirements with our team of experts on 01625 548111 or email us via info@lifeit.co.uk.


Published Date: 9th March 2016
Category: General



IBM Mobile First

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Mobile is transforming how we live and work

IBM MobileFirst enterprise mobility solutions deliver apps, infrastructure and ways to engage that are fundamentally designed for mobile users. That means all interactions can be personalized based on data, processed securely across touchpoints, and delivered in an elegant user experience.


Why not take a look : IBM Mobile First

If you require any further information about IBM Mobile First Contact Life IT today


Published Date: 9th March 2016
Category: General, IBM



IBM WebSphere Cast Iron

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The IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Integration product portfolio is a platform that can enable rapid, no-coding construction of integration among SaaS applications, on-premise packaged applications, custom applications, and generic systems such as databases, files, and web services. The key features and capabilities of Cast Iron Cloud Integration services are:





Want to know more click here for Cloud SaaS or here for on Premise

If you require any further information about IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Contact Life IT today


Published Date: 9th March 2016
Category: General, IBM