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My Order Point: Your 360° Modernization Solution.

ByMy Order Point October 8, 2021 Overview

Your IBM i legacy system is the backbone of your enterprise. You've customized your platform for years and perhaps find it streamlined at this point to perform your company business. It works fine for ordering, invoicing, inventory and purchasing. You have built reporting over your legacy system and have a process in place for now to perform streamlined customer service.

Modernization Challenges

You've taken it to the limit. You walk by your screens and feel that your enterprise system is "old" and therefore should be replaced. You see more modern systems offered by your vendor and others that seem to have a more modern user-interface and APIs to allow for integration with other software packages.

The problem is, to modernize your enterprise to a better user experience and improved web service integration, you either have to buy a "new and improved" software promising the same functionality that your legacy system has. However, when you dig into details, you see it is not so easy. You realize you've invested a lot in your infrastructure at this point and taking a wrecking ball and starting over makes you nervous. You realized how you've customized your internal systems over the years to work just the way you want it to. You've invested a lot up front in your software. You've spent a lot in training and customization.

How can we modernize our existing legacy systems without having to replace them and start from scratch?

- IBM i Legacy Application User

Since most of us spend a considerable portion of our daily time on mobile apps and since they have a plethora of options for every app niche, knowing their specific needs, priorities, preferences, and expectations become very crucial for app marketers. This is why every app must conduct elaborate market research before starting with an app project. Even while the app is ready for launch, you need to make a launch plan based upon the most suitable channels and marketing message for your target audience.

Now the big questions from IBM i legacy application users:

  • How can we modernize our existing legacy systems without having to replace them and start from scratch?
  • How can we stop the expensive "wrecking ball" to our IBM i and having to migrate to a whole new modernized system?
  • How do we connect our systems in real-time and avoid issues with data synchronization?
  • How can we expose legacy business functions as microservices to enable real-time information on our website like customer price, order status and inventory availability?

Your Complete Modernization Solution

That's where My Order Point comes in. Normally, when you look at recommendations by technology leaders like IBM, modernization takes these forms:

  • 1. Modernize your Legacy User Experience
  • 2. Establish a Real-time Hub
  • 3. Create Web Services for Legacy Business Functions
  • 4. Automate business functions with AI/Robots

Performing all these tasks on your legacy systems can be an arduous task. Not for My Order Point. This is why we refer to our solution as a "360 degree Modernization" solution: we provide all points of modernization under one roof via an online service.

We Modernize User Experience with our Enterprise+ WorkSpace™ which allows interaction with your legacy IBM i applications via our Legacy Beautify™ AI that makes your green-screen look and act like a modernized state-of-the-art software solution. All without requiring coding or software development tools.

We take users beyond the 24x80 green screen real-estate to expand it with Smart Panels showing item, customer and supplier information derived from one or more data sources. All in real-time!

In addition, we optimize IBM i legacy sessions by "suspending "(signoff) after bookmarking inactive users current menu for resumption.

Best of all, we give users access to a suite of Advanced Add-on Apps that don't require a persistent active IBM i session to operation. Our proprietary Alexandra Framework™ economizes on IBM i resources by connecting to IBM i and other data sources only when it needs to access it.

We work with our customers to provide new advanced automation tools using our proprietary Alexandra Framework™ that builds on what you have to maximize your ROI.

- Our Automation Roadmap

Our workspace retrieves all of its information from our real-time hub called Enterprise+ Connector™. Our connector becomes your centralized hub of information exchange and we provide a library of pre-mapped microservices for several back office applications. Unlike other hubs which just manage traffic, we provide a facility to create your own API microservices utilizing our existing Alexandra Framework™ for application integration. This way you don't have to reinvent the wheel and create your own own.

You can use our real-time hub as the conduit of real-time information exchange for your website (to show legacy pricing, inventory, customer info, etc.) as well as for your business partners you authorize to interact with it. Your web developers will appreciate the full API documentation on generating JSON/XML real-time responses from their custom program request.

Lastly, once a real-time hub is established to abstract business functions as micro/web services, then automation becomes possible. The Enterprise+ Robot™ is used to automate functions both within the Enterprise+ WorkSpace™ as well as outside of it behind the scenes.

Our robot does what human used to have to do. Robot Automation is at the top of the modernization pyramid and the last step to be achieved once the others have been implemented.

My Order Point provides automation tools that can do things like enter line items into an order at a great rate speed (ex. 100 order lines entered in 51 seconds) and also allow for human interaction when needed. We work with our customers to provide new advanced automation tools using our proprietary Alexandra Framework™ that builds on what you have to maximize your ROI.

In summary, our solutions to address each of the modernization concerns:

Click here to learn more about how your company can benefit from our complete modernization solution for legacy ERP users.