Cinram Fuses IBM i and Windows With LANSA
Cinram Logistics UK, a division of the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of prerecorded entertainment media, holds exclusive agreements with major movie studios, software and music publishers, including Warner Home Video, 20th Century Fox, MGM and EMI. Worldwide Cinram has the capacity to manufacture 2.1 billion DVDs and 800 million CDs per year. They were using an IBM i and a bespoke Global Distribution System (GDS) to support their operations. Cinram was looking at creating a modern and intuitive user interface, a solution that felt like a real Windows environment and the LANSA RAMP solution fitted well. Tasks that previously required starting up five or six different programs could often be consolidated to a single LANSA function. As a result, the later modules were more sophisticated than the earlier ones. The ratio of program consolidation (old to new) became nearly five to one, maybe even higher. LANSA RAMP provided a very neat and cost-effective solution allowing them to build further on the system they already had in place and improve on it with better navigation, a productive Windows user interface, new functionality and MS Office Integration. Next they plan to redevelop the user interfacing programs for all GDS modules and roll out the system to Germany and the Benelux as well, with some customization to allow for territory specific functionality.