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Life IT – AS400 programming for reporting and data translation

Many companies across the UK use a variety of IBM technology to support their business on an operational and developmental level. Often the data collected and stored by IBM systems is key to the analysis and reporting of operations and sales. However, how many organisations actually get the best out of their AS400 systems? At Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) we believe in maximising the potential of all your IT capability to ensure you have the information you need at your fingertips to run your business at the highest level.

Life IT not only supports your business we help develop IT…

The technicians at Life IT make it their business to understand your business so they can facilitate the jobs of your employees, which inevitably results in greater job satisfaction and ultimately improved customer satisfaction. By comprehending the intricate structure and operation of your AS400 system within your organisation, we can provide solutions to make your operation work smoother and more efficiently, as demonstrated by many of our previous customers…

“Without the professional and expert support of Life IT, we wouldn’t have had the quality product we now have.”

“An instant reduction in ‘distress calls’ to the sales office as our sales managers can easily access customer data off line wherever they are and we’ve had positive feedback all round about the ability to update instantly on the road”

“The team ensured that they had a complete understanding of what we wanted our IT system to achieve, and was then able to deliver this through a professional, flexible service”

“As a business that handles thousands of transactions a day from 12 different own brand or white label websites it was vital that the whole process was seamless and on deadline”

Our life is IT and we love to rise to a new challenge

So you can see that no matter what your business focus, Life IT can help improve communication, transfer of information, data translation, reporting and more besides. Working with a variety of blue chip and medium sized companies throughout the UK we have the expertise and technical knowhow to be able to support your IT and take your AS400 functionality to the next level. Writing applications to extend your existing systems is our strength and we take pride in creating the best solutions for your business.

For more information you can look at our website – www.lifeit.co.uk or contact us and speak to one of our trained and experienced technicians on 01625 547979. Or alternatively you can email us describing your requirements at info@lifeit.co.uk.


Published Date: 16th February 2015
Category: General, IBM
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IBM Power Systems and AS400 Support: A Quick Guide

There are several reasons why the IBM Power System i server is still one of the most popular range of servers in the world. It’s powerful, reliable, flexible, and has a distinguished lineage tracing back to the renowned AS400 range.

Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are expert providers of a wide range of IT services, including IBM Power Systems support. Here’s their quick overview of IBM Power Systems and their professional support services…

What are IBM Power Systems?

Power Systems is the name of IBM’s line of Power Architecture servers. These days, the types available are based on the previous System i and System p models, but they’re still commonly referred to using their previous names: AS400, iSeries, RS/6000 & pSeries.

How do I choose the right IBM Power Systems server?

If you’re not sure which IBM Power Systems server is right for you, speak to an expert such as Life IT. Based on your requirements they’ll size and configure an environment that’s tailored to suit your business.

If I choose IBM Power Systems servers, how do I ensure they run smoothly?

First of all, ensure your server is installed by knowledgeable experts such as Life IT. And once you’re up and running, ensure you have a robust support plan in place.

Do I only need support when things go wrong?

Not necessarily. Of course, you’ll want to have access to knowledgeable technicians should something go awry, but it’s also recommended to run regular health checks on your server and to apply the latest PTF’s regularly. This way, you may be able to spot potential issues before they develop into real problems and take full advantage of new functionality.

I have a heavily complex, customised set-up. Who can I trust to provide AS400 support for it?

As IBM Premier Business Partners, Life IT are genuine experts when it comes to AS400 support. They know the hardware and software inside out, so no matter how complex your installation is they’ll be able to find, diagnose and repair any issues.

I am running an older AS400 and OS that’s no longer officially supported by IBM. Can I still get support for it?

You can with Life IT. They’re happy to provide their AS400 support services on legacy hardware and un supported versions of the operating system for as long as you need it. And once you decide it’s finally time to upgrade to the latest IBM Power Systems hardware and software, they can help with that too…

Find out more about Life IT’s wide range of AS400 support services – and their bespoke application development solutions for AS400 – at www.lifeit.co.uk/support.


Published Date: 15th November 2013
Category: General
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Life IT upgrade Doble’s IBM AS400 Server

Doble Quality Foods Ltd recently needed to upgrade their IT system:

to make internal processes and reporting quicker and more efficient, but had
concerns about the cash outlay that upgrading the system would normally
entail. By working with IBM Global Finance, Life IT were able to replace
Doble’s older IBM AS400 model 250 server running V5R3 to a System i Power 7 720
server running the latest version of the operating system. The payment was
spread over a 12 month period thereby providing Doble with a state of the
art system without the upfront financial outlay.

Ian Doble, Managing Director of Doble Quality Foods Ltd says: “We would
have found it very difficult to put the money to a new IT system rather
than, for example, a new truck in the current economic climate; spreading
the cost and getting the improved performance now makes a real difference
and allows improved productivity to contribute towards the cost. Life IT’s
ability to convert our software and show it running on their machine in
Manchester was a real clincher, and with the new system processes that
could take hours now take two or three minutes. Reports appear instantly
and day end now takes seconds leading to great improvements in

Life provides a wide range of technical consultancy services for all areas of System i. These services are delivered by our team of experienced IBM certified consultants ensuring you’re servers are resilient, secure and efficient.

To find out how Life IT and IBM Global Finance can help your business call
us today on +44 (0)1625 548111, email info@lifeit.co.uk or visit our
website www.lifeit.co.uk.


Published Date: 6th December 2012
Category: General
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Life IT Center Parcs UK Group PLC’s IBM AS400 support Service Provider

The challenge: a robust and efficient support IBM As400 support service provider
In May 2006 Center Parcs UK Group Plc was sold to The Blackstone Group. Since
that time Center Parcs has gone through significant changes to deliver outstanding
results and are now pursuing expansion plans for a fifth holiday village at Woburn in

A restructure of the IT Department left Center Parcs with a resource gap to support their IBM AS400 server. They needed a third party provider to quickly and cost effectively fill the gap. The service needed to be flexible and robust, whilst providing expert technical know-how. Center Parcs found the solutions to their problems with Life IT.

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Published Date: 2nd October 2012
Category: IBM
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