AmNet agreed, and ASG representatives came to AmNets headquarters and helped the mortgage company figure out what specific system was needed, how it should be configured and how to go about putting it together. ASG helped configure the logical partitions in the system and aided in porting AmNets applications off the Intel systems and onto the iSeries 825. It also helped determine the best way to operate the system, Myres said.But key for pulling this all together, said ASGs Davis, was the integrators ability to deal with multiple environments, from the CICS applications AmNet was running on Intel-based systems to the new iSeries platform the company wanted to deploy. The i825 system has been up and running since last July and has given AmNeta wholly owned subsidiary of American Residential Investment Trust Inc.the scalability and reliability it sought. The company now has 26 offices and about 750 employees scattered around the countryand it has plans to add more. In addition, the iSeries 825 system completely runs the companys loan origination application, which covers everything in the loan process from the initial contact with a customer or broker to the final payments. "Its kind of soup-to-nuts," Myres said. In addition, AmNet is running its Domino and Lotus Notes applications, and Myres is looking to add an IBM portal into the mix, which will require activating a fourth processor. To read a review of IBMs WebSphere Portal 5.0, click here. The portal will enable AmNet employees in the branch offices to access software and data via a single Web-based site, and all Web-based applications also will be consolidated into the portal, Myres said. Check out eWEEK.coms Infrastructure Center at http://infrastructure.eweek.com for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
"We basically know how to do the data processing," he said. "But we wanted to know the best way of doing that within this environment. ... You can do data processing 14 different ways, but they gave us their experience in how to do it the best way."