International Monetary System, Ltd (IMS)
International Monetary Systems, Ltd. (IMS) enjoys a
reputation as the leader in the commercial industry barter marketplace.
IMS was established in 1985, for the purpose of acquiring, owning,
managing, and operating trade exchanges and other related businesses and
is one of the world's largest barter systems, serving more than 16,000
business and service professionals throughout the U.S. IMS has a
seasoned management team with more than one hundred years of combined
IMS had very robust, custom applications that had been designed over
years to uniquely support the specific functionalities their clients
required. IMS realized that in order to be the true industry leader,
their IT environment needed to expand and modernize to accommodate the
evolving needs of their global clients. The IMS organization required
greater scalability for their applications. This meant the ability to
support an increasing number of users, the ability to run those
AS/400-developed applications on open platforms like Windows Server, and
to deploy them via the web, graphically.
IMS explored a number of different bartering applications after coming
to the realization that it was time to migrate and modernize. While
acquiring new applications was the first choice for them, they realized
that none of the applications they reviewed offered them the unique
functionality that they had developed in their custom applications. A
complete rewrite of the application would have been costly and
time-consuming, two resources which most companies cannot spare, and IMS
was no exception. IMS determined, after thorough evaluation of
marketplace options, that migrating their code and modernizing the user
interface was the appropriate course of action to alleviate their
The decision to implement the INFINITE solution was based on the following characteristics:
- The ability to retain their investment in a highly specialized application.
- The speed and efficiency of the Infinite migration and modernization approach.
- Web deployment for access from ground or satellite-based clients and SOA enablement.
This AS/400 Migration and Modernization project was begun in early 2007
and will be completed later in the year. Now IMS end users can look
forward to enjoying enhanced functionality with their migrated
applications, as well as a graphical, web-enabled user interface. IMS
developers enjoy an improved development environment with the capability
of making dynamic additions to the existing application functionality.
The business runs more efficiently, cost-effectively and experiences the
benefits of integration of database and applications across the