BluePhoenix Solutions (Nasdaq:BPHX), the leading provider of value-driven legacy IT modernization solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with Veryant, the COBOL and Java technology innovator, to add isCOBOL software to its portfolio, and include the software as part of the company leading suite of modernization tools and solutions. This new initiative is part of the company strategy to expand its software license sales. As part of this partnership agreement, BluePhoenix will market and resell Veryant’s isCOBOL product, targeting existing open systems COBOL customers. The main advantages of the new offering are:
BluePhoenix has already successfully migrated several customers to Veryant’s isCOBOL technology, among them a U.S. government agency and a transportation and logistics firm. In these cases, BluePhoenix delivered a modern, updated Java-based application framework that dramatically lowered ongoing software licensing fees.To address the growing COBOL alternative market, BluePhoenix and Veryant will collaborate in co-marketing activities; BluePhoenix will also offer its customers first-line product support. "I'm excited about our new strategic partnership with BluePhoenix. We believe that our innovative technology coupled with BluePhoenix’s ability to address the market will provide businesses with the software and service solutions required to successfully address today’s market challenges," commented Alfredo Iglesias, vice president of business development, Veryant. “isCOBOL provides a full-featured, affordable COBOL alternative to existing products while simplifying ongoing development and enhancing modernization initiatives.” About BluePhoenix Solutions BluePhoenix Solutions (NASDAQ: BPHX) is the leading provider of value-driven legacy IT modernization solutions. The BluePhoenix portfolio includes a comprehensive suite of tools and services from global IT asset assessment and impact analysis to automated database and application migration, rehosting, and renewal. Leveraging over 20 years of best-practice domain expertise, BluePhoenix works closely with its customers to ascertain which assets should be migrated, redeveloped, or wrapped for reuse as services or business processes, to protect and increase the value of their business applications and legacy systems with minimized risk and downtime. BluePhoenix provides modernization solutions to companies from diverse industries and vertical markets such as automotive, banking and financial services, insurance, manufacturing, and retail. Among its prestigious customers are: Aflac, Capita Group, CareFirst, Citigroup, Danish Commerce and Companies Agency, Desjardins, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, Rabobank, Rural Servicios Informaticos, SDC Udvikling, TEMENOS, Toyota, and Volvofinans. BluePhoenix has 13 offices in the USA, UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Cyprus, Australia, and Israel. Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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