As often said, the world of technology is always evolving. What was cutting edge yesterday can easily become outdated tomorrow.
While the purpose of technological advances is to enhance quality of life, the time and effort it often takes to adapt to these changes can be a frustrating process. This is especially true when it comes to using business software.
Users are nearly 10 times more likely to encounter usability problems with business software than consumer software and websites. Obstructions in business software usability are often related to the complex functionality of these applications. Continual updates and tweaking intended to improve the functionality of these applications often create only more problems for users.
To absolve headaches associated with relying on a variety of packaged software applications for payroll and other infrastructural tasks, many businesses have shifted to software development platforms such as LANSA. Functional on most operating systems including IBM System i and Microsoft Windows, LANSA provides all the tools necessary to maintain and perform vital infrastructure tasks such as accounting, resource planning, supply chain management and e-business.
In addition to developing new applications, users can also run existing applications on the LANSA platform. Some businesses have experienced as much as a 90 percent drop in time and cost related to application upkeep since switching over to the LANSA platform, according to the company’s website.
Tools of the LANSA Trade
Below are a few of the applications compiling the LANSA software platform:
Visual LANSA: Develops high quality commercial applications from a single code base for use on Windows and the Internet. Applications can be deployed on a variety of platforms including IBM i, Linux and wireless devices.
An additional component of Visual LANSA is the Visual LANSA Framework, which minimizes the level of effort needed to create high quality graphic applications. Used in conjunction with Visual LANSA, the framework enables developers to create top tier applications without the use of coding, and can be moved among several operating systems without compromising its original appearance and behavior.
RAMP: Rapid Application Modernization Process (RAMP) allows users to create a composite application out of non-LANSA programs using reengineered components from the LANSA metadata repository.
The LANSA repository houses all source codes for non-LANSA applications added to the platform. Program source codes validate any incoming files that would update or alter an application. By storing source codes in one location, LANSA is able to prevent programs from receiving duplicate files, which can sometimes lead to extensive maintenance issues.
Composer: Integrates the transport and transformation of data by automating several manual business processes. The key features of this application allows businesses to cut down on the level of human interaction needed to deliver information, therefore reducing a significant amount of data needed to be rekeyed into the system.
Whether or not LANSA is the best fit for your company’s needs, switching to a multi application platform will streamline your infrastructure process and reduce the cost of maintaining your business software.