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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.”


Notes to Editor

About Advanced 365

Advanced 365 is a leading provider of IT managed services and business innovation solutions. Working with organisations within the private, public and charity sectors, Advanced 365 aligns technology to its clients’ business needs in order to improve their operational efficiencies, help control costs, enhance productivity and enable growth.

Core offerings include:

• Managed services focusing on the delivery of IT services including: outsourcing, cloud computing, application development and support, and unified communications.

• Business innovations to make legacy systems relevant to today’s business environment. Advanced 365 provides a CIO advisory service which supports the deployment of technologies including modernisation, legacy system migration, application development, application support and data cleansing.

Advanced 365 is a Microsoft Gold Competency Partner and works closely with other industry leading vendors and developers including Redhat, Gamma Telecom, IBM and Oracle.

Advanced 365 is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group Limited, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors. In 2014, the Group won Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards. Advanced was also ranked in the Deloitte UK Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK and ranked in the top 300 technology companies in Deloitte’s EMEA rankings.

Press contact

Angela Mycock and Kathryn Howard, Advanced Computer Software Group T: +44 (0)1625 856513

About Modern Systems

Modern Systems (NASDAQ: MDSY) is a leading provider of legacy modernization services. The Modern Systems portfolio includes a comprehensive suite of tools and services that modernise legacy applications and databases incrementally or all at once.

Modern Systems' technologies can be applied to source applications and databases leveraging COBOL, Natural, Adabas, IDMS, CA GEN and more. The modernised environments can leverage Java, C#, SQL Server, Oracle Database, IBM DB2, and virtual infrastructure to deliver identical or better functionality and performance. Modern Systems customers come from diverse industries and vertical markets such as automotive, banking and financial services, insurance, manufacturing, and retail. The company delivers services worldwide through offices in the USA, the UK, Italy, Romania, and Israel. Modern Systems is a subsidiary of ModSys International Ltd. (MDSY) "Modern Systems".