Advanced 365 partners with Modern Systems to create VME legacy migration powerhouse

7 March 2016

Advanced 365 (Advanced) today officially announces a partnership with fellow legacy application migration and modernisation specialists, Modern Systems (formerly BluePhoenix Solutions). This union joins two best-of-breed businesses, creating a market leader in the ICL/Fujitsu Virtual Machine Environment (VME) legacy application migration sector.

Bringing together the two recognised leaders in this highly specialised and niche field means customers have access to a wealth of knowledge and experience that they can use to drive business change and meet future needs.

Advanced has more than 30 years’ experience in supporting organisations to manage, migrate and modernise existing data and applications. The software and services provider uses an automated tools-based migration approach that securely moves entire VME applications to run natively on a modern and more open Linux software platform. 

Modern Systems is one of the leading independent legacy modernisation firms in the world, with seven global locations, and also specialises in VME projects. The company facilitates the transition from legacy systems to modern environments that leverage cloud, data warehousing, business intelligence and new development.

ICL VME, now owned by Fujitsu, is an operating system that was created in the 1970s. While successful at the time, advances in technology mean that those still using the system are relying on a platform that is now out-dated, inflexible, unmaintained and difficult to integrate with modern IT systems.

With business drivers of cost saving, the need for (rapid) business change, balanced by risk reduction at the forefront of modernisation initiatives, application migration is a very attractive proposition for CIOs.

The Advanced and Modern Systems union provides a best-of-breed solution to move users from VME to a contemporary platform with minimal disruption, while carrying forward existing intellectual property and protecting business logic.

The UK Government is the world’s biggest customer of VME, and the partnership has started strongly by delivering a project which is at the heart of a major modernisation programme of work for a large government department.

Neil Cross, Managing Director, Advanced 365, says, “By joining forces we are bringing together best-of-breed software and highly experienced consultants to deliver world class support for important business critical application transformation migration projects.

“We are proud to be leading the way in legacy application modernisation. This collaboration will support us to stay at the forefront of the market and continue offering customers a minimal risk migration service.”

Matt Bell, President & CEO, Modern Systems, says, “We have an extensive history of innovative VME modernisation over the past 20 years and partnering with Advanced is the latest step in sustaining that success.

“Both companies complement and build on each other’s capabilities to ensure a comprehensive, cost-effective service that manages the complex process of platform migration, enabling customers to drive innovation and efficiency.”

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