S4i Systems and Life IT Partner in U.K.
February 22, 2010 Dan Burger
For readers of The Four Hundred in the United Kingdom, an IBM i business partner there has just announced it is distributing and supporting document management and disk optimization products from San Clemente, California-based S4i Systems.
Howard Myers, director of Life IT, says in a press release the cooperative venture with S4i is an opportunity for his company to present its clients with affordable and scalable ways to manage content and documents. He described S4i software as “the most advanced multi-function products on the market today.”
Life IT offers services for System i, iSeries, and AS/400 gear, including sizing, configuration, and implementation assistance as well as system support and maintenance. In addition to working directly with IBM i customers, it also works with system integrators, ISVs, and other IBM business partners.
S4i Systems’ document management software, S4i Express, reduces reliance on pre-printed forms while businesses transition to paperless business processes. The software monitors System i print queues, processes the output using report-segmenting or report-bundling rules, converts them into PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, CSV, or plain text format, and distributes them electronically (via email, fax, FTP, or the Web). S4i Express also allows digital archiving, which replaces file cabinet storage requirements.
The disk optimization products in the S4i lineup cover several aspects of IBM i administration. DASD-Plus automates tasks such as clearing history logs, compressing data, resizing libraries, and reorganizing physical file members. DASD-Plus Chart provides a graphical view of the features of DASD-Plus, and includes a disk-use forecasting feature. DASD-Plus Alert is a product that notifies administrators of dangerous spikes in DASD usage.
One year ago, S4i introduced a subscription-based model for companies interested in the disk optimization products. As with other subscription software, it replaces the up-front costs of product purchasing with a custom pricing structure that eases procurement pain for some companies.