Fresche Solutions

IT Strategy & Discovery Services

Get IT And Business Sitting At The Same Table

Deliver Better Business Value by Aligning IT Initiatives with Strategic Business Goals

Companies have never been under as much pressure to do more with less. But, improving agility, competitiveness and increasing customer satisfaction can be challenging when the largest part of an organization runs on legacy applications. The constant change in technology, growing customer demands and shortage of developers skilled in RPG, COBOL and CA 2E (Synon) makes it even more challenging. Fresche provides a 360-degree view of your IBM i application landscape and pinpoints its degree of alignment to your business goals and future direction.

An efficient up-to-date application portfolio can drive business results, support innovation and increase agility. Working closely with clients, we provide a detailed analysis, strategy and planning process for IT – paving the way to improved business results. A well-crafted and executed IBM i management and modernization strategy lets you harness the power of IBM i while leveraging modern technologies to streamline your application portfolio. This approach enables your business to better meet changing user demand, and helps IT reduce maintenance costs, mitigate potential compliance risk, and eliminate redundancy.

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Advantages of Using Our IT Strategy & Discovery Services:

Strategic Business Alignment

Build an application portfolio strategy and roadmap that aligns with your business goals.

Modernization Roadmap

Establish a modernization direction with tailored options: GUI, web and mobile enablement, Service Oriented Architecture, application and database transformation, reporting & analytics and more.

Increase Agility

Address skillset shortages, improve integration of systems and leverage modern technology to future-proof your IT.
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Services to Help You Reach Your IT Goals

Strategy & Planning

The Strategy and Planning Service determines a customized, best-fit approach to maintain, transform and evolve your IBM i application portfolio. This allows you to:

  • Obtain a thorough analysis of your IBM i environment using X-Analysis, the leading graphical documentation tool for IBM i.
  • Identify suitable and pragmatic IBM i modernization and management options to align IT with business.
  • Establish one or more project plans with budget and staffing estimates.
  • Obtain a professional presentation of results to help you promote projects or an entire modernization program strategy to the application’s executive stakeholders.
  • Outline a development, support, and innovation strategy for the key applications required to run the business.

Modernization Roadmap

Fresche’s Modernization Roadmap service aligns your business improvement outcomes with the right modernization strategy. This results in a long range, option-based roadmap specifically tailored to achieving your modernization goals and objectives. We’ll work with you to:

  • Figure out what the best modernization option is for you: GUI, mobile and web enablement, Service Oriented Architecture, application and database conversion, support enhancement, and more.
  • Define a phased approach timeframe that includes quick wins to prove ROI.
  • Establish a modern target reference architecture and align IT projects so that they fully support business value creation.
  • Enhance productivity throughout the organization.

IT Healthcheck

Analyze the current state of your IBM i. During the IT Health Check, you’ll receive an in-depth audit and a deep code and data analysis. This forensics-based analysis is complemented by onsite interviews to evaluate administrative, development, and operational processes, as well as assess resource skill sets and security procedures. Obtain the following:

  • A metrics-based assessment of the size, state, and complexity of the applications and databases running in the IBM i environment.
  • An assessment of the state of governance and processes used to manage development, operations, and administration of the system, applications, and data.
  • A high-level assessment of the resources and their skill levels, as pertains to supporting your IBM i applications.
  • Recommendations and options for modernizing the IBM environment.

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Chris Koppe, Senior VP, Transformation & Modernization Services, Fresche employee, 30+ years.