Read how companies across many different industries have developed and implemented innovative solutions using LANSA development tools and solutions.

Duro-Last delivers Web solution across device types

Duro-Last Inc., headquartered in Saginaw, Michigan in the USA, is the world's largest manufacturer of custom prefabricated thermoplastic single ply roofing systems. Duro-Last is providing its 3,000 independent contractors with a Web solution to manage their roofing projects, place and trace orders, view invoices, and much more. Small contractors may use the solution from their smart phone, while the larger construction companies will have their administrative staff access the solution from their desktop. Duro-Last used Visual LANSA 14, while it was still in beta release, and is now benefitting from a solution that works across client devices of all sizes and across all browsers, from a single set of code. The solution is expected to reduce the number of calls to Duro-Last’s customer service center and to improve the customer experience.

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NSPCC Revamps Supporter System

The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is the UK’s leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse. The NSPCC has 6.2 million supporter records in its database, of which 1 million are active supporters. The phone, mail, email and social media queries of these supporters are handled by NSPCC’s Supporter Care team. The old solution that the team used has a 5250 user interface, was complex to navigate, required duplicate data-entry effort and was unproductive in many other ways. The NSPCC used Visual LANSA to develop a new solution with a productive Windows user interface and better functionality, but keeping the existing database structure intact. The new solution, implemented at a fraction of what the CRM integration would have cost, is greatly benefitting the NSPCC and its supporters and has kicked off a number of similar modernization projects.

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Seneca College

Seneca ICT students in tune with the real world

Seneca College, located in Toronto, Canada, provides education to over 90,000 part-time and 17,000 full-time students from its 10 campuses in the greater Toronto area. Teaching staff at Seneca’s School of ICT continuously seek to improve the work readiness of their students by offering a strong curriculum and a wide variety of professional electives. A recent popular addition to the electives is Mobile App Development for IBM i. Students who took the elective presented their work at the annual conference of the Toronto Users Group for IBM Power Systems (TUG). Having an understanding of mature development languages like RPG, as well as having an understanding of new development and integration technologies, like LANSA’s LongRange, makes Seneca’s students well prepared for the real world and popular with potential employers.

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Beacon Insurance

Beacon Insurance gives customers Mobile Access to Portfolio

Beacon Insurance, headquartered in Port of Spain, Trinidad and with branch offices throughout the southern Caribbean, offers a full range of insurance products and financial services. In 2011 Beacon started using LANSA’s workflow and modernization products to improve and extend its Insure/90 core policy administration system. More recently Beacon was the first Caribbean insurance company to offer its customers mobile and Web access to their portfolio. Both the Mobile App and Web portal are based on LANSA technology and allow policyholders to Access policy information, Renew policies, Submit and track claims, Pay premiums, Get Quotes, Order road side assistance and use an Accident checklist. Beacon has nearly doubled in size since 2011 with only a slight increase in employee headcount. All of Beacon’s IT projects are handled by LANSA Professional Services.

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Green's General Foods

Green's winds back ERP modifications with LANSA's BPI solution

Green's General Foods, based in Australia, produces and distributes food products, such as baking and pancake mixes, crackers, cereals and popcorn. Green’s has found a way to wind back their RPG-developed ERP modifications without losing any custom functionality. It took one business analyst only two or three months to replace over 150 RPG with LANSA’s Business Process Integration solution. Custom processing is now managed by that business analyst, rather than a developer. Green’s evaluated several other middleware/BPM products and estimates that the cost of implementation would have been at least double as compared to the solution implemented with LANSA Composer.

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Japan Cash Machine

iPad solution for JCM Repair and maintenance staff improves service and efficiency

Japan Cash Machine (JCM) is the world’s leading transaction technologies supplier for the banking, retail, kiosk and gaming industries. To support its operations in Japan, JCM uses in-house developed systems that run on the IBM i operating system. JCM’s RPG-based maintenance and repair system was a prime candidate for improvement. Field staff did not have access, office staff used legacy 5250 screens and many of the procedures were paper based. The system was redeveloped with LANSA.  JCM’s 150 repairmen now use iPads with integrated hand-writing, signature capture and camera features to create and submit their repair reports, and to look-up maintenance data. Call centre, admin and quality control staff have a productive rich client interface to real-time and integrated maintenance, billing and customer information.

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Industry Showcase

IT Challenges organizations face and how LANSA can help

Every year Gartner and other IT research and advisory companies produce their Top-10 list of IT challenges. This article looks specifically at the challenges related to application architecture and application development and how LANSA addresses them.

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