RAMP from LANSA


Revolutionizing System i Application Modernization


LANSA's Rapid Application Modernization Process (RAMP) is a single integrated solution that addresses both your immediate and strategic modernization requirements. What's unique about RAMP is that it is a "reengineering" product that lets you rapidly consolidate your applications into a graphic application framework and then incrementally replace your legacy programs with new reengineered components in a timeframe that makes sense to your organization.


Why is RAMP different?


Until now, companies planning to modernize System i applications were forced to either start all over again or continue to build upon and be limited by their legacy 5250 programs. System replacements are costly and have a high level of risk. Refacing and code conversion tools use your existing applications as the foundation, which is what you're trying to move away from by modernizing.

RAMP is the perfect hybrid between these two drastically different approaches. By providing an Application Framework that consolidates functionality from existing System i 5250 applications and new components into a composite application, RAMP address both immediate tactical issues and long-term redevelopment strategies.


A staged approach green screen application modernisation


First, you use the Application Framework to design a brand new system - eliminating the problems inherent in refacing of using your existing application as a foundation.

Next, you populate the Application Framework with repurposed functionality from your existing applications - reducing the cost and risk of failure associated with system replacement while matching the speed of delivery of refacing and code conversion tools.

Then, you can incrementally deliver high-priority enhancements and gradually reengineer or extend your applications. RAMP lets you "mix-and-match" existing 5250 screens and batch jobs with new components that can execute against System i, Windows, UNIX or Linux servers in a Web browser or as Windows rich-client applications.

You determine the level of modernization. You determine the level of consolidation. You determine the needs for each part of your application portfolio. You can Web-enable parts of your application to provide a self-service portal, consume and publish Web services or deliver new functionality to meet business requirements - all within the same Application Framework that serves as a platform for full modernization.



Features

Short-term Imperatives Versus Long-term Plans

bullet The RAMP approach recognizes that you must address the tactical issues of functionality shortcomings in existing applications while your organization works on its modernization plans. Business must continue, it can't stop while your systems are modernized.
bullet RAMP meets this challenge by delivering tactical solutions in parallel with long-term strategic modernization using the same development tools.
bullet You can Web-enable parts of your application to provide a self-service portal, consume and publish Web services or deliver new functionality to meet business requirements - all within the same Application Framework that serves as a platform for full modernization.
bullet With RAMP, you avoid duplication of effort and throw-away quick fixes that are a step sideways at best.
bullet With LANSA, adding product functionality or repurposing existing applications can be a step forward to full reengineering.

Stage 1: Creation of a Net New Application

bullet This step defines your modernization goals and rollout plan in a very short time, in a practical and pragmatic way.
bullet Using LANSA's Instant Prototyping Assistant, you develop an unencumbered vision of your modernized application and plan what does and does not require significant reengineering without the need to consider how your legacy applications are designed.
bullet Most importantly, the result is a fully working Application Framework that is not thrown away - it evolves through Stages 2 and 3 of your modernization journey.

Stage 2: Navigation, Integration and Initial Enrichment

bullet Stage 2 uses LANSA's Application Navigation Assistant to repurpose existing 5250 programs and snap them into the Application Framework produced in Stage 1.
bullet RAMP lets you "mix-and-match" your existing System i 5250 screens and batch jobs with brand new components that can execute against System i, Windows, UNIX or Linux servers in a Web browser or as Windows rich-client applications - all in the same Application Framework.
bullet RAMP raises the modernization bar to a new level and delivers much more than conventional refacing technologies that simply provide presentation enhancements.

Stage 3: Ongoing Reengineering and Enrichment

bullet This stage builds on the Application Framework developed in Stages 1 and 2. You decide which programs will be enriched and enhanced and the depth of modernization.
bullet At your own pace, you can incrementally replace your old 5250-based application components with new modern repository-based LANSA components that support new technologies such as Web services and SOA.
bullet If server platform independence is a vital component of your overall modernization strategy, then applications with RPG/DDS dependencies can be replaced with the full power of the LANSA development suite which supports cross-platform deployment.
bullet The final result is a fully reengineered application, built with your vision, to your plan and ready for your platform of choice.