Software modernization is a popular topic these days—and for good reason. Modern users expect modern solutions, including mobile access to back-end resources, seamless data integration no matter the platform and, as has long been the case, easy-to-use, cool graphical interfaces.
And commercial application providers are no exception to this craze. They too need to offer all of the above, to both keep existing clients on board and, just as importantly, attract new ones. FMS Solutions, which provides accounting services and consulting for retail stores, decided it needed to bring its solutions up to date by using newer technologies and design paradigms to surpass its competitors.
The biggest inhibitor to this? All of its applications had been developed using Synon to run on IBM i and the IBM Power Systems platform—and not in the recent past. FMS could have started from scratch, rebuilding from the ground up, but that would’ve been untenable for a company known for its quarterly software upgrades.
Instead, the company decided to partner with CM First Group to deploy a modernization tool, CA Plex from CA Technologies, to support its modernization efforts with minimal disruption to its development team.
Not only that, but by undertaking this partnership with CM First, Robert Graybill, president and CEO, FMS, estimates his company saved roughly $750,000 and six months of development time over taking on the effort solo. As Graybill further notes, “In the end, the project came in on budget and only one month off schedule. For a smaller IT shop like ours, this was a blessing both from an expense perspective and our ability to deliver.”