The project examples mentioned in this showcase have been collected over time. The customers may have evolved and enhanced their LANSA based solutions since this article was published.
Business success requires agility. Software systems that support a business need to be agile as well, or else they will become a barrier to success. The changing IT landscape demands that IT departments have the agility to benefit from new technologies as they emerge.
LANSA separates business logic, presentation logic and operating platform and lets you define business rules at a high level, while generating the low-level code and plumbing underneath. Regardless of what may emerge as "the next big thing" - LANSA-based applications will be able to embrace new technologies with minimal impact.
20 years ago no one could predict which technologies would be relevant today. We have seen many languages, operating system, and even more data access, communication and data exchange protocols, come and go. Without LANSA, companies may have gone through multiple development cycles to move their solutions from green-screen, to client/server, to Web, to SOA and beyond.
- Partners in North America
- Customers in North America
- Customers and Partners in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean
- Partners in Europe Middle East and Africa
- Customers in the United Kingdom
- Customers in Scandinavia
- Customers in Belgium Germany and the Netherlands
- Customers in France
- Asia Pacific
Partners in North America
ACBS® a division of Fidelity Information Services since 2003 and a LANSA customer since 1991, is the global leader in high-end systems for originating, syndicating, servicing, trading and settling of corporate loans, especially large syndicated loans. The majority of the ACBS Loan Systems modules are LANSA-based and run on Windows and iSeries platforms or through an Application Service Provider. With nearly 100 clients worldwide, including 23 of the top-50 global banks ranked by Tier 1 Capital, over 30 percent of syndicated loans worldwide are processed by ACBS Loan Systems. As a result, LANSA has many big name banks and high volume users among its customers. Read the Fidelity ACBS Case Study
ACCEO Solutions Inc., based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, has been a LANSA Business Partner since 1993. ACCEO Solutions offers Scoopsoft, an integrated management system designed for the Wood Products and Mining industries. Scoopsoft is used at over 350 sites in North America. Over the years Scoopsoft has been enhanced with a LANSA for the Web based CRM portal and LANSA Client end user query and reporting. More recently ACCEO has started a RAMP project to modernize and gradually replace the 5250 and RPG components of Scoopsoft with Visual LANSA Framework.
Jean-Pierre Halle, General Manager, Wood Products division, at ACCEO Solutions (then called GFI Business Solutions), said, "LANSA has served us well in making sure that Scoopsoft continuously evolved with new technologies over the past 15 years. LANSA represent an insurance policy shielding our developers from having to adapt to new trends and technologies all the time. Now, LANSA RAMP helps in a smooth modernization of Scoopsoft ERP. First we will deploy an Outlook-like interface and much improved user navigation, next we will gradually rewrite those functions that offer the most benefit to our customers with LANSA. Our customers and prospects don’t have to wait for a total ERP rewrite and can expect to see benefits soon. They also applaud the reduced risk for their organization, because they can implement smaller portions of the ERP at any one time, thus impacting fewer people."
Rippe & Kingston Systems, a highly successful U.S. software Solutions and Services firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a LANSA Partner since 1989 and an IBM Premier Business Partner. Rippe used LANSA for its packaged solutions and as an integral part of its services. Customers include ITT-TDS Corporate Services, Xerox Connect, multiple departments within the government of Bermuda, Smithfield Foods, CHRISTUS Health, Kirkland & Ellis, many other System i, Linux, Windows and over 125 ASP implementations. Rippe’s solutions include LMS, a leading financial and practice management system used by over 400 law firms, METHOS Plant and Facility Maintenance, which has recently been "RAMP-ed”. Rippe has also created a LANSA Portlet Generator that allows the creation of portlets from WAMs and can be deployed in their e.ssential Enterprise Portal, IBM WebSphere Portal as well as any JSR168 compliant portal. Most recently, Rippe released their e.ssential Contract Guardian product that provides Contract Management and leverages portal technology, LANSA WAMs and LANSA Integrator.
Thom Davidson, President of Rippe & Kingston Systems, said, "LANSA has provided us and our clients the solutions and guidance we require in this extremely complex technological world. I am amazed that code written 20 years ago offers us platform independence, database independence, Internet solutions, Client Server, wireless, XML, Java and .NET integration and much more. LANSA has made some exceptional promises and has more than delivered." Read the Rippe & Kingston Case Study
PFW Systems, an IBM Premier and Lotus Business Partner based in London, Ontario, Canada, has been a LANSA business partner for over 12 years offering solutions for the iSeries and Intel platforms. Since 1994, PFW have used LANSA to enhance its dealer management solution and add Web extensions. LANSA was also used in the transition of PFW’s classic iSeries Dealership Management system to IntelliDealer, now completely written in LANSA with numerous iSeries, Windows and ASP implementations.
Frank DeDecker, PFW's vice president development said, "Over PFW's history, our development activities have focused on using new technology to provide dealers with the ultimate dealership management system - second to none. LANSA has contributed significantly to what the PFW Dealer Management system is today. One of the things that set us apart from the competition early on, was the system's true browser and internet capability, available to mobile staff everywhere." Read the ENNS Brothers PFW Case Study
Customers in North America
The Children's Aid Society of Toronto (CAST), a LANSA customer since 1993, is one of the largest child welfare organizations in North America, providing out-of-home care for children including child abuse and neglect prevention programs. CAST was one of the first large scale Visual LANSA users with 1,000 staff and 700 volunteers using its system to support tens of thousands of children and families. Based on CAST's success with its LANSA-based system, two other agencies - the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto (CCAS) and the Ottawa Children's Aid Society (CAS-OTT) - are now LANSA customers and are in the final stages of a joint project to implement a Visual LANSA Child In Care system with the help of LANSA Services.
Samuel Lee, director information services at CAST, said, "I am extremely pleased with the LANSA product and services. Our applications created using LANSA not only allow us to have a stable computing environment, but also keep us at a cutting edge in the past 14 years." Read the Children's Aid Society of Toronto Case Study
DEMCO Inc, based in Madison, Wisconsin USA, provides supplies, equipment and furniture to the library and schools market in the U.S. and Europe. DEMCO, a LANSA customer since 1992, uses LANSA for its core operational system and for the customer and supplier facing Web sites of several related companies, including www.demco.com, www.demco.nl, www.gresswell.ie and www.gresswell.co.uk. More recently, DEMCO has been using LANSA RAMP to modernize its ERP system, avoiding the high cost and disruption an ERP replacement would entail.
Mark Anderson, vice president of information services at DEMCO, said, "Of the hundreds of technology decisions made in the '90s, I feel our best decision was LANSA, followed closely by the AS/400. For 15 years now the LANSA tool set has served as the key platform that allows us to turn out reliable, top-quality business applications while preserving our systems investment by adopting new technologies. LANSA, the people and the tools, have become trusted partners in our continual evolution." Read the DEMCO Case Study
Gannett Co., Inc. is a large diversified news and information company with operations in the USA and abroad. Gannett is the USA's largest newspaper group in terms of circulation. The company's 90 daily newspapers in the USA have a combined daily paid circulation of approximately 7.3 million and include USA TODAY, the nation's largest-selling daily newspaper. Since 1998, Gannett has managed the circulation, advertising and sales for most of its newspapers with a LANSA-based application, called Genesys, implemented on a large number of System i servers. Internal users access the system with green-screen and Windows clients, while external users have Web access, all developed with LANSA. Recently Gannett has started a project to give hundreds of customer service representatives a consolidated graphical portal view of a customer service system that spans several newspapers and iSeries servers, using LANSA RAMP.
Peter Olsen, Genesys project leader at Gannet, said, "LANSA tools have let us keep up with major changes in the newspaper business with a minimum of developers and only a small IT staff at our newspapers. With a large software base running at over 90 daily newspapers, our only option is gradual evolution, and LANSA lets us integrate new technologies - Windows and Web applications - in the areas where they are needed. RAMP is the latest example of how we can leverage our existing code base to handle requirements that didn't even exist a year ago. Reliability is essential when your product only has a shelf life of 24 hours, and we count on LANSA software to run dependably in a wide variety of environments. Our smaller papers need software that is simple to operate, while the big papers need extra features and interfaces to a large number of external systems. LANSA has the tools and features to fit both ends of this range." Read the Gannett Case Study
High Liner Foods Inc., based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, is one of North America's largest processors and marketers of prepared, value-added frozen seafood, selling its products under the High Liner and Fisher Boy brands. High Liner has been a LANSA customer since 1989 and uses LANSA for iSeries, Web, Windows, B2B, GDSN and EDI extensions to its JD Edwards World system. One of High Liner's high ROI extensions on the procurement side of the business, is a Web-based virtual supply chain that allows all members of the supply chain to track orders, shipments and delivery dates in real-time from anywhere in the world.
Peter Burns, director of information services at High Liner, said, "LANSA has been an important tool in our systems development arsenal for nearly two decades and is part of the reason we have been able to develop systems in a cost effective manner. Every year we re-evaluate how we deliver services to the company and every year LANSA is the picture. With LANSA my staff is agile enough to work on just about any business project required." Read the High Liner Foods Case Study
ITT TDS Corporate Services, located in Palm Coast, Florida, is a shared service function of its parent, ITT Corporation. With its vision of being a recognized leader and preferred provider of non-product commodity back office solutions and supply chain logistics services, TDS provides both standard and customized solutions. Its diverse client base includes both ITT as well as non-ITT organizations. Current offerings include: freight payment and logistics, back office solutions for enterprise-wide e-procurement, telecommunications and purchase card programs.
Larry Harbaugh, manager enterprise applications at ITT TDS Corporate Services, said, "Over the last eighteen years, the LANSA suite of products has allowed us to continually keep pace with the changing business application needs without major reinvestments in our core development capability. The initial competencies we adopted back in the early 1990’s are still very much in play today. This speaks well for LANSA’s on going commitment to being a long term, premium player in the application development tooling space. Without LANSA, we could have never achieved the efficiencies we realized today." Read the ITT TDS Case Study
Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp Inc., assembles and distributes small engines, ATVs, Jet Skis, Mules and passenger railcars from its manufacturing plants in Maryville, Missouri and Lincoln, Nebraska. The two plants together process in excess of 200 million inventory transactions per year. Kawasaki’s Maryville plant, a LANSA user since 1995, has recently started to replace its old system with LANSA’s ERP Framework. The Financial and Material Planning modules have already been implemented and the Production and Distribution modules are to follow soon. Kawasaki’s Lincoln plant has already been running several LANSA's ERP Framework modules since 2002 and has recently purchased LANSA RAMP with plans to modernize and consolidate its Production Control and Financial Modules in user-friendly portals. The Lincoln plant also uses LANSA EDI Direct to transact with its high volume suppliers.
Tony O'Riley, managing IT matters at Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing's Maryville plant, said, "In 1995 we selected LANSA because it was intuitive and easy to learn and we remained happy with LANSA throughout the years. I can deliver new functionality and maintain systems in a timely manner with a small development team of five, including myself."
Mark Howard, IT manager at Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing and based at the Lincoln plant, said, "By modernizing our system with RAMP we hope to avoid the disruption and high costs involved in having to move to a new ERP system. In the past, we have mostly relied on LANSA Services for consultancy, but we will also use the RAMP project as an opportunity to grow in-house LANSA skills. I estimate that even our programmers with less than six months LANSA experience are 30-40 percent more productive with LANSA than RPG. That productivity gain should even get better over time."
MBM Corporation is one of the largest privately owned food service distributors in the USA. MBM has its headquarters in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and operates over thirty distribution centers within the USA. Customers include national restaurant chains such as Arby's, Burger King, Captain D's, Chick-fil-A and Red Lobster. MBM has been using LANSA since 1993 for its warehouse management systems and other core business applications. More recent LANSA-based implementations include a Visual LANSA Truck Routing system and Reserve Inventory and Locator system.
Ronnie Byrd, corporate director of IT at MBM Corporation, said, "The productivity LANSA brings to the table allows us to leverage our relatively small development staff in providing customized distribution programs for our customers in a timely manner."
Metropolitan Associates is a residential real estate firm managing over 4,500 apartment homes in Southeast Wisconsin, USA. A LANSA user since 1992, Metropolitan has developed virtually all its systems in LANSA and recently rebuilt its 20-year old property management system with Visual LANSA. The new system offers far more functionality, integration with Microsoft Office and other Windows applications using Active-X, as well as a more attractive and productive GUI for the business users.
Stan Kritzik, managing partner at Metropolitan Associates said: "It's not possible to run a successful business today without a solid IT infrastructure. LANSA, and especially Visual LANSA have allowed us to custom-build current-state-of-the-art robust, distributed, visual systems, using our small, talented staff. Also, because LANSA respects its legacy, we have been able to bring along some older elements of our earlier systems - everything integrating very nicely. We couldn't have done it without LANSA, and we appreciate our successful fifteen or so years in a mutually beneficial association." Read the Metropolitan Associates Case Study
PartyLite Worldwide, Inc., a LANSA customer in America since 1995 and in Europe since 1997, is one of the fastest growing direct sales companies in the world. PartyLite independent sales consultants, who number over 65,000 worldwide, sell premium fragranced candles and a wide range of related decorative accessories to consumers through the home party plan method of direct selling. PartyLite operates in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, the U.K. and a growing number of other countries in Europe. Visual LANSA’s productivity and multilingual facilities have helped PartyLite to rapidly deploy applications over the years to overseas offices and keep up with the enormous operational expansion. PartyLite uses LANSA Client for its end-user reporting, Code Start for its Credit Card validation and LANSA Integrator for XML transacting with suppliers for drop shipping. More recently, PartyLite has started to modernize its core system with RAMP.
Deb Kane, manager application development at PartyLite Worldwide, said, "The flexibility of the LANSA repository has provided us with a key foundation for the continued relevance of our custom business systems, built 12 years ago. The ease of use of the LANSA development tools enables our application developers to quickly and efficiently create and maintain business functions in response to ever-changing business needs. We are looking forward to the information access and time-saving benefits that RAMP will provide to our business system users." Read the PartyLite Case Study
Shell Canada Limited was an early adopter of LANSA for the Web. In 1997, the company brought the yet-unnamed product into its systems to provide its 3500+ cross-country employees with bilingual web access to its HR and payroll information – a function typically handled by HR but now offered on a self-service basis to employees and their managers. Today, Shell Canada has not only maintained LANSA but also upgraded its use of the technology to incorporate the new Visual LANSA IDE and LANSA WAM functions.
"Our Web-based systems now include ESS (Employee Services System), MAS (Management Access System), Job Posting, Expense and Competency systems," said Shell Canada's human resources HRIT supervisor, Debbie Hutchings.
"We launched our ESS/MAS modernization project last year to bring our screens up to date with LANSA’s new technology and to provide a cleaner, more professional look and feel to these Web-based applications. At the same time, the upgrade gives us standardization with our new HR library and better supports our Employee Value Proposition."
Debbie noted that LANSA's software and partnership has allowed the company to take information from its AS/400-based JD Edwards systems and present it to employees in a user-friendly way. "It’s been a real advantage to provide Shell Canada people with simple and intuitive self-service systems this past 10 years." Read the Shell Canada Case Study
Terminix, based in Memphis, Tennessee, is the world's largest pest control company and a LANSA customer since 1997. Terminix replaced a COBOL mainframe system and hundreds of standalone UNIX systems at its branches with a central LANSA-based application on a single 595 iSeries. Over 12,000 employees at over 400 locations and an additional 5,500 service specialists with wireless hand-held devices use the system that also interacts with an increasing number of third-party systems using LANSA Integrator and Web Services.
Lee Crump, vice president and CIO at Terminix, said in 2006, "One of the reasons we have been able to grow annual revenue over the past six years from 600 million dollars to over a billion dollars is our iSeries and LANSA-based system. We don't have any capacity limits. It takes millions and millions of transactions to get to be a billion dollar company. To handle that volume your system needs to be scalable and your integration with other systems must be fast and easy. We achieve both with LANSA." Read the Terminix Case Study
Think Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota serves the financial needs of over 99,000 members. Think has been a LANSA customer since 1993 and uses LANSA for the Web to provide its customers with a browser-based online banking system. The banking Web site was developed in five months time and has been continuously updated with new features to further improve customer service. These features include online bill payment, check images and statements. To illustrate the importance of the application, the site saw roughly 4.7 million logins in 2006.
Ken Downs, director of technology solutions at Think, said, "LANSA for the Web was instrumental in allowing us to leverage our core banking system and extending its functionality and convenience to our customers over the Web. Another benefit has been our ability to keep up with customers high-tech expectations, all the while driving the solution and maintenance with our in-house staff." Read the Think Federal Credit Union Case Study
Think Federal Credit Union was a LANSA customer from 1993 to 2011 and continually invested in LANSA-based solutions during that time. The organization recently changed from being a credit union to a bank and is now called Think Mutual Bank.
Customers and Partners in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean
Actinver Sa De Cv (previously Bursamex Casa De Bolsa) is one of the most established stock brokerage companies in Mexico. Actinver started to use LANSA in 1991 when they moved from Data General to the AS/400 and redeveloped their internal brokerage system in LANSA. In 2000, when new regulations in Mexico recognized the Internet as a legal communication method between broker and customer, Actinver needed only three months to extend their brokerage system to the Internet with LANSA and became the first in Mexico to offer on-line stock trading. Today, using Visual LANSA, Actinver is still at the IT forefront offering their customers fast access and new facilities. Read the Actinver Case Study
Ransa Comercial, with headquarters in Lima, is Perú’s leading logistic operator has used LANSA since 1993. Ransa has a presence throughout the Andean region, with operations in Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala, serving customers in the mining, industrial, retail, agriculture, fishing, textile, home appliance and technology industry sectors.
Jose Guardia, assistant IT manager at Ransa, said, "In 1993 we started to use LANSA for all our development to support our fast growing business. LANSA allowed us to internationalize our company and support business processes tailored to the need of each country, with systems that are flexible and easy to maintain and implement. LANSA helped us to position our company as the innovative leader in the logistics market, with high quality systems that cater for all the needs of our customers, providing reliable availability of information and integration of activities. We have a small IT staff taking excellent care of systems development and maintenance. Our LANSA-based solutions support our logistics operations and integrate with our SAP back office."
In 1995, Energiebedrijven Suriname (EBS), the state Electricity and Gas Company of Suriname, was the first LANSA customer in the country. Since then the EBS ICT department has replaced the company’s legacy Cobol and RPG systems with LANSA. Now over 90% of the applications used within the company are developed with LANSA. Recently EBS started a project to modernize its core systems with RAMP, including its large Customer Service, Accounting, Payroll and Logistic applications. After using RAMP to deliver the first stage of the new modernized framework, EBS will use Visual LANSA to re-engineer and extend its systems to meet new requirements.
The following are some of the other companies in the region have been using LANSA for over 10 years. The Bank of Jamaica, a LANSA customer since 1993, started using LANSA for its employee leave administration system and has gradually expanded its LANSA usage to include Web and Windows-based applications in its Loan Collateral System, Currency Management system and other proprietary systems. Both Alpura, one of the top Mexican dairy food producers and Manpower Mexico, part the Manpower Inc group and a world leader in the employment services industry, use LANSA for sophisticated Web and integration solutions. Longtime partners in the region include RISC in Mexico and Ingenieria De Software of Valparaso in Chile. Read the Alpura Case Study
Partners in Europe Middle East and Africa
LANSA has conducted business in Europe since 1988. With partners like Var Sidim in Italy (now merged with VAR ONE), Slavia Data in the Czech Republic and TCM Software & Services in South Africa complementing direct operations in the U.K., France and the Netherlands, LANSA has had a strong presence in the entire region.
CHP Consulting, a London-based company specializing in solutions for the leasing and asset finance industry, has used LANSA for its ALFA range of software products since 1990. CHP customers include Barclays Bank, GE Capital, Lloyds TSB, Royal Bank of Scotland, National Australia Bank, Nissan and ING.
Justin Cooper, one of the founding directors of CHP, said, "ALFA's business logic is totally written in LANSA, with no user exit programs required at all, making it very easy to provide our ALFA solution on multiple platforms and offer new technologies to our customers."
"As we have grown and technology has evolved, LANSA has been right there with us. For example, we are now on our fourth or fifth evolution of our presentation layer and LANSA has helped us support them all. LANSA lets us leverage the hundreds of man years we have put into developing the leading solution in our industry." Read the CHP Consulting Case Study
Datel Protex Limited is a leading provider of business management solutions to clothing and footwear companies worldwide. Datel's head office in the U.K. services Europe, while Datel Asia in Hong Kong serves the Asia Pacific region. A LANSA Partner since 1994, Datel's enterprise management solution, Protex, has continually evolved in line with the ever-changing clothing and footwear industry. Datel has also developed two cross-industry Visual LANSA Framework applications to address the need for CRM and Critical Path Management solutions.
Datel's Critical Path Management solution is a powerful interactive event and task management system used by leading companies such as Morphy Richards that aligns the correct resources to a process, monitoring progress and performance throughout, so problems are identified enabling corrective action.
Martin Rath, director at Datel, "Our aim is to use the best software tools to leverage our industry knowledge, so we can deliver innovative software solutions to our customers. We have built strong business relationships with leading technology suppliers like LANSA to enable us to provide our customers with a total business solution." Read the Morphy Richards Case Study
Futura Data, a leading software integrator and IBM business partner in Denmark, became LANSA's first business partner in Europe in 1988. Futura Data offers a Web trade system for automotive spare parts, which is based on the TecDoc catalogue for the independent automotive aftermarket.
Carl-Ole Jensen, director at Futura Data, said, "Through the years we have worked with LANSA and experienced how fast new facilities have been brought in. Today we have a complete palette of Web, Windows, B2C, B2B, Integration, framework and modernization tools to provide our customers with all round integrated solutions, using a single skill set. LANSA's efficiency and productivity have also let us be frontrunners with our Web trade catalog system and our solution for complying with OIOXML, Denmark's Open public Information Online schema."
Ficosnet S.A., previously part of Accenture (Andersen Consulting) in Spain, offers FICOS Open Advanced Financials solution. In 1995, Andersen Consulting Spain selected an open LANSA solution to take FICOS outside the AS/400 market. The new version was ready in only 18 months and enjoyed increased sales. FICOS OPEN stands apart from other financial solutions with platform portability from a single version. While many new sales were to Windows sites, AS/400 sales were boosted by the openness of the LANSA solution. A broad range of companies including Nestlé, Nabisco, Bridgestone, Volkswagen Finance, Bacardi & Martini, Lidl and 3M still use FICOS Open to control their finances on Windows, iSeries and Linux systems. Read the Ficosnet Case Study
IFR France, based at the Toulouse-Blagnac international airport in France, provides global solutions to the airline industry. IFR's Operational Planning solution (KEOPS), developed in Visual LANSA and LANSA for iSeries, offers flight scheduling, crew management and operations control and is used by over 70 airlines worldwide.
"We started developing KEOPS in 1992 with LANSA for iSeries and now use the same LANSA skills set for graphical Windows development," said Hervé Le Roy, founder of IFR France. "LANSA keeps evolving and KEOPS keeps evolving. We have consistently provided two new KEOPS releases every year." Read the Corsair Case Study or the Bangkok Airways Case Study
RPO Automatisering B.V., a LANSA customer and business partner in the Netherlands since 1995, specializes in solutions for fruit and vegetable importers and exporters and real estate management companies. RPO recently redeveloped its widely implemented RPG and LANSA for the Web-based AGF/ng solution in Visual LANSA. The new solution, called Freshng advanced edition, represents nearly 20 years of market knowledge of the fruit and vegetable import/export and wholesale sector.
Paul van der Es, RPO's director of commercial affairs, said, "Because of LANSA's cross platform capabilities we can deploy Freshng on Windows, System i and Linux. Our larger customers typically choose IBM's very robust System i platform because of its performance and high availability, while smaller customers prefer Windows. Giving those options to our customers has strengthened our market position." Read the RPO Automatisering Case Study
Customers in the United Kingdom
Cherry Valley, based in Lincolnshire, England, was established in 1959 and are market leaders in the breeding and processing of high-grade duck for the U.K. European and Asian markets. Cherry Valley has been using LANSA on their System i to help build bespoke 5250 and client server applications since 1994. When a decision was reached to explore a fully integrated ERP solution, the LANSA ERP Frameworks was an obvious choice.
Kate Butler, finance director of Cherry Valley said, "The LANSA ERP Framework is very versatile and, as our IT department is trained in LANSA, they can make any modifications themselves. This eliminates the need for expensive consultants. Other software offerings wanted us to change our business to fit their systems, which would not work for Cherry Valley."
The National Assembly for Wales develops and implements policies that reflect the particular needs of the 3 million people of Wales and has an annual budget of around 10 billion pounds. The Finance Devision of the Assembly has used LANSA since 1995 to deliver 5250 applications, Windows applications and several LANSA Web solutions including strategic solutions for analyzing budget and operational information as well as internal office solutions for claiming travel and subsistence expenses.
Currently, the Finance Division is exploring a LANSA XML interface between its central finance system and sub systems throughout the Assembly.
Alan Strange, IT director corporate services, said, "We have over 3,000 users on our Intranet and most of them use at least some of our applications. We were the first department to offer a Web interface for live transactions. With LANSA we can deliver Web, XML and 5250 solutions with an IT team of only three. We wouldn't take on these type of projects if we had to do them in RPG or Java." Read the National Assembly for Wales Case Study
E.P. Barrus Ltd, based in Bicester, Oxfordshire, designs and manufactures engines and distributes a diverse range of products including Mercury, Mariner and Yanmar marine and industrial engines, MTD garden machinery and Moto-roma scooters and motorcycles. A LANSA customer since 1993, Barrus was named EMEA Customer of the Year in 2003 for its use of LANSA Integrator to exchange EDI messages with its trading partners including B&Q, the largest do-it-yourself chain in Europe and the third largest in the world.
E.P. Barrus recently implemented a dealer Web site using LANSA Commerce Edition, which also uses LANSA Integrator to exploit Web services offered by Epitomy, a company that specializes in exploded diagrams.
Dave Hansford, IT manager at Barrus, said, "With LANSA we have the flexibility to accept and send business transactions in a variety of formats, using many different communication methods. LANSA is easy to use and complements our existing skill set. LANSA hides the complexities of EDI, XML and Web services and lets us implement any new technologies rapidly with our own staff." Read the E.P. Barrus Case Study
Other U.K. companies who have used LANSA since the early '90s include Blick Time Systems, Brook Crompton, Comino, FBD and Foster Wheeler.
Customers in Scandinavia
Finansinspektionen, the Swedish Financial Supervisory, is the public authority responsible for supervising companies in the insurance, credit and securities markets in Sweden. Any company planning to operate and offer services on the financial markets in Sweden needs a license from and must report regularly to Finansinspektionen. Since 1992, Finansinspektionen has built its core systems in LANSA, giving over 250 internal users access to information, including reports submitted by supervised companies, as well as publishing information on its Web site.
Wolfgang Meyerhffer, systems developer at Finansinspektionen, said, "We like the short development cycle in LANSA, as well as its data modeler. We are now taking a closer look at RAMP, which seems to offer a good way to enhance an existing application's presentation and add new functionality."
GASA Odense, a leading fruit and vegetable sales cooperative in Denmark, has been a LANSA customer since 1992 and was one of the first in its industry to give customers and member growers Web access to crop forecasting and distribution information. Giving earlier and better information to growers and resellers has enabled better decision-making, resulting in higher revenues for growers and consistent availability of produce for resellers.
GASA has recently started a RAMP project to modernize its core solution by replacing 5250 programs and adding new capabilities and advanced desktop integration. Read the GASA Odense Case Study
Rieber & Sn ASA, headquartered in Norway, is one of Scandinavia's leading food conglomerates with sales of 4.26 billion US dollars in 2006. The Group has production plants and sales offices throughout Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Its leading brands include Toro, Vitana (both with a wide range of products), Delecta (cakes and desserts), King Oscar (tinned seafood), Mrs. Chengs (Asian food) and Mr. Lee (noodles).
Stein Bakke, IT operations and technical support manager, said, "While we have been very pleased to use LANSA since 1991, currently a growing part of our operations all over Europe are being converted to a single SAP system."
Shoe-D-Vision, with its head office in Århus, Denmark, is a cooperative of the Skoringen, Feet Me and zjoos shoe retailers, with nearly 300 stores in Denmark and Norway. A LANSA customer since 1992, Shoe-D-Vision used LANSA to build a Windows-based retail back office system called SHOEit, installed at over 80 retail groups. Most SHOEit sites run on Windows 2000 servers with an SQL Server database and connect with two or three individual shoe shop point-of-sale systems.
Shoe-D-Vision's central ERP system, also developed in LANSA, runs on a System i server and provides Web access to retailers for stock inquiry, placing of orders and polling of interest for new shoe lines to carry.
Asger Simonsen, IT manager at Shoe-D-Vision said, "With a small team of two developers, including myself, plus three network support staff, LANSA lets us deliver and maintain a Windows system used by 300 shops, a central ERP system and a dynamic Web solution, all with a single tool set. LANSA has evolved enormously over the years and lets us evolve our systems as well."
"We are currently implementing wireless access via handheld PDAs for shop employees so they can easily access information, such as stock on hand, register sales and shoes on sale, for all the shops in their group. LANSA remains a strategic choice for Shoe-D-Vision to ensure we give our members a competitive advantage." Read the Shoe-D-Vision Case Study
Other longtime Scandinavian customers include Cramo and FTZ Danmark A/S.
Cramo, a machine and modular space rental services company headquartered in Sweden with branches in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Holland, Poland and Hungary, has used LANSA for its core leasing system since 1990 and LANSA Integrator to provide fast integration with a Java-based Web site.
FTZ Danmark A/S, a car parts company based in Odense, Denmark, uses LANSA for the Web and LANSA Integrator for all its eCommerce and B2B transacting with dealers and Visual LANSA for its core ERP system.
Customers in Belgium Germany and the Netherlands
Becton Dickinson (BD) is a global medical technology company that manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. BD Benelux, a LANSA customer since 1990 with its IT center in Belgium, uses LANSA Integrator and WebMethods to exchange real-time transactions between its LANSA-based European sales and distribution system and its global SAP ebusiness platform.
Nadine de Muynck, IT director at BD Europe, said, "LANSA is the power behind our core distribution system and the glue between our logistic systems. Our company goal is to improve human health around the world, but we also need to perform well for our shareholders. The bottom line is to do more business more efficiently and LANSA helps us with this." RRead the Becton Dickinson Case Study
Daihatsu Holland is the Dutch importer and distributor for Daihatsu Motors, Japan's compact car specialist. A LANSA customer since 1991, Daihatsu Holland replaced a cumbersome fax ordering system and a complex Delphi system with a real-time LANSA Web-based dealer support system for over 100 dealers. Recently Daihatsu used LANSA to develop a solution for its Daihatsu Mobility Service, which entitles customers to repair and emergency assistance throughout Europe. This service has already attracted over 10,000 customers and is growing fast.
Raymond Ginus, IT manager at Daihatsu Holland, said, "The Web-based dealer system drastically improved the accuracy and quality of the ordering process, while reducing phone calls. Being in control of our LANSA in-house developed logistics and sales systems, gives us the flexibility to meet the exact requirements of our business and dealers." Read the Daihatsu Holland Case Study
The Greenery B.V., based in the Netherlands, distributes, sells and markets fresh produce. With a turnover of €1.6 billion, it is one of the leaders in the vegetable, fruit and mushroom sectors in Europe. A LANSA customer since 1991, The Greenery uses LANSA Integrator for exchanging real-time information between USVA, its LANSA-based core administration system, SAP and other internal System i and Windows systems as well as with external parties.
Peter Boertjes, development manager at The Greenery, said, "Creating fast and reliable links between heterogeneous solutions is becoming more and more important. LANSA Integrator lets us tightly integrate systems, but have them loosely coupled." Read The Greenery Case Study
International Card Services (ICS), based in the Netherlands and a member of the Fortis group, is the largest credit card issuer in the Benelux and a top-10 player in Europe. ICS issues Visa, MasterCard and co-branded credit cards with partners, major retailers and travel organizations. A LANSA customer since 1991, ICS extended its mainframe backend card management system with LANSA-based customer service front office applications that helped save millions of dollars.
In 2001, ICS launched MOTOMAAT, a LANSA Web-based service for its Mail Order Telephone Order merchants. In 2006, LANSA Integrator was used to connect the System i with electronic payment services.
Dick de Graaf, IT manager of ICS, said, "It is remarkable how LANSA has evolved over the years. We can now use our existing LANSA skills to build secure Internet extensions to our System i front office application. We feel confident that with LANSA we can continue to offer our customers high quality service. Read the International Case Services Case Study
KLM Equipment Services (KES), a LANSA customer since 1991 and an independent subsidiary of KLM, the national Dutch airline, is one of the leading providers of ground support equipment services in the aircraft handling industry. KES is based at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, one of Europe's top five airports. LANSA's productivity means that a small development team of two can develop and maintain the systems needed to manage all of Schiphol's ground support equipment, initially with LANSA for iSeries and more recently with Visual LANSA.
Michiel Blok, information systems manager at KES, said, "Back in 1992, LANSA's short learning curve and productivity were the deciding factors. We delivered the entire equipment support system including invoicing, maintenance, repair and inventory control, well ahead of schedule. The system has grown tremendously over the years. Without LANSA, we could not have moved to a Windows environment and kept our team small." Read the KLM Equipment Services Case Study
Porsche stands for design excellence and high performance around the world. When Porsche Cars launched its stunning Porsche Boxster, it used LANSA to give its corporate staff and dealers a brand new high performance Vehicle Management System (VMS). Development and implementation started with Porsche Cars North America in 1998 and the same system has since been implemented in Germany, UK, Japan and other locations around the world. Read the Porsche Case Study
REHAU AG+Co in Germany is one of the largest polymer processing companies in the world, manufacturing components for virtually every industry. A LANSA customer since 1995, REHAU used LANSA to develop ALN, its ERP system used by staff at 170 locations worldwide and accessed by business partners over the Web. LANSA Integrator is used to support Web services and XML transactions with third-party systems and SAP Financials.
Thomas Luckner, team leader iSeries development at REHAU, said, "LANSA provides the most practical solution for us and is always one of the first to make new technologies, such as Web services, available on the iSeries. With a team of six developers and one trainee, we developed and maintain a huge ERP system that is rolled out to over 20 machines worldwide in 23 languages." Read the REHAU Case Study
SAKRET, one of the largest producers of ready-mix concrete and mortar products in the world with over 60 licensed production plants worldwide, has its European headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany. SAKRET-GmbH, a LANSA customer since 1996, built its core manufacturing system with LANSA, as well as a variety of extensions including Computer Telephony Integration for customer service and a wireless scanning solution in factories and warehouses.
Dr. R. Stubenrauch, IT manager at SAKRET-GmbH, said, "LANSA has been a reliable and consistent factor in the handling of all our business processes. It is easy to use and learn and its platform independence is also important for us. Even though we deploy mostly to System i now, we develop and test in Windows. Development and maintenance are faster and more efficient in LANSA than in RPG, helping to deliver results faster." Read the SAKRET Case Study
Scania Networks is the IT provider for Scania's sales and services organizations worldwide. A LANSA customer since 1995, Scania Networks developed the Scania Dealer System (SDS) to manage workshop and sales processes using LANSA. With more than 1,000 users in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Austria, it is being implemented in other European and non-European countries and extended with LANSA Integrator for transacting with Microsoft's CRM software.
Anton Waanders, manager IT provider at Scania Networks, said, "Supporting business processes and standardizing IT for Scania's sales and services network is crucial to add customer value, bring down the cost per user and shorten time to market. LANSA has proven to be a technology platform which supports these goals and above all is a stable factor in changing platforms."
Truvo (formerly Promedia) is the publisher of the Belgium Golden and White Pages. A LANSA customer since 1994, Truvo has built its core directory system with LANSA for iSeries. Truvo has recently extended this system with LANSA Web services to keep more than 400 sales representatives up to date with customer contract information and provide automated uploading of details for further processing in its back office systems. In addition, Truvo chose LANSA Integrator to produce all their XML files.
Gunter Gheysens, IT development manager at Truvo, said, "For over 13 years, quick development, well thought-out architecture, stability, good performance, reliable support and continuous innovation has made LANSA the preferred development environment to support our core business and to anticipate quickly every business demand." Read the Truvo Belgium Case Study
Zon Support, Veiling Zaltbommel and other fruit, vegetable and flower auctioneers in the Netherlands have also used LANSA since the early 90's and have extended core systems to the Web and implemented B2B transacting with growers and customers. Read the Veiling Zaltbommel Case Study
Customers in France
Agencie Pierre Lelong is a leading distributor of paper products to printers and packaged paper wholesalers based in Paris. In 1991, Lelong used LANSA to rebuild its core 5250 systems and since 2003 has progressively modernized its systems with user-friendly Web and Windows applications for customers and staff.
François-Xavier Moya, IT manager at Pierre Lelong said, "I am an enthusiastic follower of LANSA. Reusable LANSA components allow extremely fast development. We only need one person to maintain all our applications, which are the equivalent of a thousand traditional RPG programs." Read the Pierre Lelong Case Study
Since 1992, the Departament de Sistemes d’Informacio (DSI) Govern d’Andorra has supported the majority of the administrative activities of the Andorra government with LANSA solutions. DSI Govern d'Andorra uses LANSA to build highly graphical client/server Windows applications for internal users and Web applications for remote and occasional users.
Miquel Haro, manager IT services at DSI Govern d'Andorra, said, "LANSA makes our life much easier. Productivity has increased and the reliability of LANSA applications is never in doubt. Recently, we successfully managed the entire general election process, from voter enrollment to collecting and publishing results live on the Web and television, with a Visual LANSA solution." Read the Government of Andorra Case Study
Nobilis, located in Paris, France, is an internationally famous designer and manufacturer of fabrics, carpets, wallpaper and furniture sold by 200 partners worldwide to the world's most prestigious clientele. A LANSA customer since 1995, Nobilis used LANSA Commerce Edition in 2001 to evolve its corporate Web site into an exhaustive catalogue, comprising almost the entire product range, including its furniture catalogue, 3,000 lines of fabric, carpet, soft furnishings and trimmings and more than 2,500 different wall coverings. The site also offers a B2B Extranet for subsidiaries and business partners to access real-time stock levels, order status and other information.
"The primary advantage of LANSA is speed and ease of development. By capitalizing on the existing systems, LANSA for the Web lets us develop Internet applications that integrate directly with existing systems, with both power and ease," said Franck Papon, Nobilis' head of engineering in the IT department.
Other French companies who have used LANSA since the early '90s include Balitrand, Dehon, DII, DPF, Mecarungis and Octis. Read the Nobilis Case Study
Australia and New Zealand
Some of our earliest customers are in Australia and New Zealand, because LANSA started in Sydney in 1987. Companies who have used LANSA since the early days and have evolved with us include P&O Cold Logistics, Campion Books, Swinburne University Of Technology, Maritime Headquarters of the Australian Navy, the Board of Studies NSW and several other government organizations.
The Board of Studies New South Wales is a good example of an organization that evolved its IT infrastructure with LANSA. The Board is responsible for the content, distribution and logistics of syllabus materials and the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate (HSC) examinations for NSW, the most populous state in Australia.
LANSA has been at the heart of the Board's IT infrastructure since 1989. Now, still using LANSA, the Board delivers many online services to schools, teachers, students and parents. These include the delivery of HSC results over the Web since 1998, and the collection of over 1.2 million grades and assessments per year for each of the courses taken by Year 10 to Year 12 students.
Dr John Bennett, Director Information Services at the Board of Studies, says, "We have a small in-house team but a customer base that includes every student in the entire NSW school system. LANSA provides us with a language in which to rapidly develop and modify applications to suit our policy and educational needs."
Muir Mathieson, Senior IT Consultant at the Board of Studies, says, "The Web solution builds further on our use of LANSA that was already behind our applications. In effect, we are using the same skills that we already had. LANSA provides rapid application development. We can develop a complex interactive browser application in about half a day. Without LANSA we would not be anywhere near this far advanced." Read the Board of Studies Case Study
Advance Computing, a LANSA customer since 1989 and now a Solution Partner, offers financial software solutions, built in LANSA, for use on a variety of computer platforms. These solutions include MISSION, a Mortgage Investment solution that has a large installed base both on Windows NT/2000 and IBM iSeries.
John Martin, Senior Developer and Director of Advance Computing, says, "We are happy to have chosen LANSA as our development tool in the late 80's. Initially we offered our software on the AS/400 platform only. In 1993, when we used the same program source and skills to deploy MISSION on Windows, we expanded our market to include investment companies whose preferred computer environment was Windows NT."
"The range of LANSA products helps us to continually add functionality and variety to our solutions. For example, we have extended MISSION to the Web, again using our own LANSA skills. Our partnership with LANSA has in no small way contributed to the growth of our business."
Other partners who joined us in the late 80's include KAZ Technology Services, Lateral, Sundata and Watershed Systems.
LANSA was enabled for Double Byte Character Set (DBCS) in early 1990, opening up the markets in Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Systems Engineering Laboratory (SEL), now working together with LANSA Japan, has been the LANSA distributor in Japan since 1990. Over the years, more than 1,000 Japanese companies have chosen LANSA. IBM Japan has actively marketed and sold LANSA since 1996. Over 170 IT organizations in Japan have joined the LANSA Consortium, a ‘user group' of software houses, independent software vendors, system integrators and IBM Business Partners who have an active interest in LANSA.
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, formerly known as the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, has used LANSA to develop internal applications since 1989. Recently the company selected LANSA for the Web to publish information on its Intranet.
Other long-standing customers in the Asia Pacific region include Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation in Hong Kong and later also Singapore, Omron in Singapore and the Mall Group in Thailand.
Long-standing partners in Asia Pacific include Hong Kong Productivity Council, MindTree Software Services (formerly Linc Software Services) in India, PT Gunatronikatama Cipta in Indonesia, eC-Link.Com in Singapore and Pro-Line in Thailand.