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28 
May

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