First Option partnered with Looksoftware in November 2011 in order to modernize the former Daprex application software. Our programming staff has been working diligently over the past few months and we are at the point where we are ready for a first look.
Looksoftware has been providing dynamic application modernization and integration solutions for customers and application vendors for over 15 years. Their architecture automates the modernization process, providing multi-channel front-end access, requiring no changes to your back-end IBM i, System i, AS/400, iSeries and System z applications.
Looksoftware's toolset enables programmers to seamlessly blend application modernization with development of new applications. This can be achieved using leading technologies like Open Access for RPG, Microsoft's .NET and Java, and provides a practical, long-term strategic path forward for all IBM i, System i, iSeries or AS/400 application investments.
First Option has been developing application software for the iSeries for 17 years and we are excited about this new venture. We have begun modernization on the former Daprex software and are ready to roll out the test version to a select group of users.
We will begin setting up roundtable discussions with a test group of customers within the next few weeks to go over the new changes to the software and get additional direction as to improving enhancements and the overall flow of the applications.
What does this mean for you?
- The software will have a new GUI interface that is still in the format you are accustomed to.
- Desktop Integration is a big part of Phase one. You will be able to download reports to Excel.
- GL Upload will also be included as part of the enhancement.
For those of you on maintenance support the new enhanced software will be available to you as an upgrade. There will be a one-time charge for the initial license fee and a small annual maintenance fee to use the tool itself.
Stay tuned for exciting developments.....