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Alchemy Solutions Announces General Availability of NeoServices Windows-based Solution for Modernizing IT Infrastructure

Alchemy Solutions, Inc. (www.alchemysolutions.com), provider of legacy modernization solutions, today announced the general availability of NeoServices, a Windows-based system for service-enabling mainframe business logic and integrating with modern application and web environments. Alchemy Solutions’ market-leading software preserves and extends customers’ investments in their legacy mainframe systems by enabling them to be modernized as they are migrated by leveraging the power of .NET.

A high-performance, secure integration solution, NeoServices is the newest member of the Alchemy Solutions family of modernize-as-you-migrate solutions giving enterprises the ability to service-enable existing mainframe, as well as NeoKicks-based business logic, with no code changes. These services enable a company’s proven mainframe assets to be leveraged in new initiatives like new portals, CRM and ERP applications, or new application development.

“Alchemy Solutions helps us rein in the cost of managing and running mainframe-based legacy systems for our customers by migrating them to the Windows .NET environment. Once migrated, we see tremendous value by extending and integrating these systems using Web services,” said Denis Blaine, senior vice president at 5280 Solutions. “NeoServices is a powerful addition to the Neo tools portfolio, and we see tremendous potential in the ability to perform this service-enablement in a matter of minutes versus days or weeks. The ability to quickly deliver Web services that can combine logic from both mainframe and NeoKicks-based logic is a real game changer for our clients.”

“Today’s economic conditions are driving many organizations to consider migrating mainframe applications and data to Windows as part of a broader modernization strategy,” said Dale Vecchio, Gartner Research vice president. “While migrating workload is a growing alternative, a tremendous amount of agility can be gained by reusing existing mainframe applications in service-oriented architecture. The ability to leverage proven functionality, before and after it’s migrated, is a great way to increase the tangible benefits from an enterprise's modernization strategy.”

NeoServices does not require any new code during the creation of services that leverage existing logic. Instead, NeoServices’ approach to development uses graphical flow modeling or “wiring” diagrams that allow the user to drag, drop and wire together various building blocks to compose a service. The approach is flexible so that the designer can either start with existing transactions and build “up” to form a service that combines elements of each transaction, or start with a specification of the desired service and design “down” to the transactions that provide the required information.

“At Alchemy Solutions we empower organizations’ move into the future by providing modernize-as-you-migrate solutions,” said Ron Langer, vice president of sales and general manager for Alchemy Solutions. “NeoServices adds fast, intuitive service-enablement to the modernization options we provide, increasing value by giving our customers the ability to start modernizing even before they perform the migration.”

About Alchemy

Alchemy Solutions (www.alchemysolutions.com) is a leading provider of technology solutions that help organizations integrate legacy applications with the latest Microsoft Windows technologies, including Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. The company’s technology enables significant cost savings by moving applications and data from expensive mainframe platforms to cost-effective Windows environments. The Alchemy Solutions suite includes NeoKicks™, NeoBatch®, NeoSort™ and NeoData™ enabling the modernization of mission critical CICS and batch applications within the Microsoft .NET environment. Additionally, Alchemy Solutions, and its worldwide network of partners, distribute the Fujitsu NetCOBOL family of runtime-free COBOL compilers outside of Japan. Alchemy Solutions, Inc. is a privately held corporation with headquarters in Bend, Oregon. The company resulted from the 2008 acquisition of the Legacy Modernization Group of Fujitsu Computer Systems.

Fujitsu and NetCOBOL are registered trademarks of Fujitsu Ltd. in the United States and other countries. Alchemy Solutions, NeoKicks, NeoBatch, NeoSort and NeoData are trademarks or registered trademarks of Alchemy Solutions, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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