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LANSA and Avnet Partner Solutions, IBM's largest distributor, have announced a joint initiative to remove the final barrier to System i modernization. Together with three IBM Business Partners Campbell Lee, Northdoor, and Quattro Consulting, they have formed a consortium in the UK that is giving legacy systems a new "Lease of Life."

"Lease of Life" is a bundle of new System i hardware, software and consulting services that makes it possible to modernize an entire legacy environment in a single action. The bundled configurations qualify for attractive leasing terms offered by IBM Global Financing. This financing arrangement means that monthly costs may be no higher than they are for the current systems, in effect giving a "no-cost" option for those sites that are struggling to find the capital to justify an investment in modernizing their systems thus removing any final barrier to upgrading.

Martin Fincham, LANSA's general manager for the EMEA region said, "We encounter many System i shops that are dependent on so-called green screen applications. These legacy assets are both a help and a hindrance; their contribution to daily operations is significant, and yet they also inhibit change and restrict growth. Decision-makers need to reduce the perceived risk of upgrading such critical systems, so we formed a consortium with three of the leading System i vendors to engender their confidence. By bundling the latest value-for-money System i servers with the unique LANSA Rapid Application Modernization Process (RAMP), all delivered through the trusted IBM Business Partner network, we have created the most compelling path to complete System i modernization."

LANSA and Avnet have pooled their System i expertise to develop an ROI calculator that helps managers to determine which modernization approach offers the best return and shortest payback period. The ROI calculator is an Excel spreadsheet that identifies the costs and prospective savings from a modernization project. The default data model, culled from past projects, can be tweaked to visualize the impact of various options: do nothing, modernize with RAMP, or replace the legacy system.

The ROI calculator is accompanied by an eight-minute video that succinctly explains the ROI of a modernization project to a non-technical, senior executive audience.
Mike Mernagh, business unit director at Avnet Partner Solutions said, "The ROI calculator is an excellent example of how Avnet works closely with partners to add value to their initiatives. It illustrates the benefit of being part of our distribution network, which means we can introduce interested parties to each other. Avnet will continue to support System i modernization and its partners in this way."

To learn more about the "Lease of Life" program, visit Lease of Life.

About Avnet Partner Solutions

Avnet Partner Solutions is a division of Avnet Technology Solutions, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. representing $5.1 billion in annual revenue for calendar year 2006. Avnet Technology Solutions has locations in more than 30 countries. As a global technology sales and marketing organization, Avnet Technology Solutions has sales divisions focused on specific customer segments and a strategy enabling attention to the needs of its customers and suppliers. For more information, visit Avnet Europe.

About LANSA

LANSA is a leading provider of application development, modernization and integration software. LANSA's suite of cross-platform development tools lets organizations overcome the complexity inherent in creating and maintaining business applications. LANSA's integrated tool set is also the technology foundation for a wide range of business solutions from LANSA and over 300 Business Partners. Established in 1987, LANSA supports thousands of companies around the world with its products and services. For more information, visit LANSA.

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LANSA is a low-code, high-productivity software development platform for mobile, web, and desktop applications. Visual LANSA's unique low-code development platform, system integration, and digital transformation technologies reduce hand-coding, support multiple languages, and empower development teams to build applications up to 10 times faster. More than 8,000 organizations in 65 countries use LANSA's platform to develop, maintain, and integrate their business applications, ensuring a consistent look and feel with minimal coding. Customers include JPMorgan Chase, Kawasaki, TruGreen, Vistar, and Walt Disney, among others. LANSA is a division of Idera, Inc.

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