Fresche Solutions

The acquisition adds newly developed, advanced software that identifies and protects IBM i and Linux systems against cyberattacks and ransomware, as well as auditing for compliance and services to help businesses safeguard critical data.

Montreal, Canada, March 9th , 2022 – Fresche Solutions is pleased to announce the acquisition of Trinity Guard, a leader in world-class security, auditing and detection software and services that provide vital capabilities to detect and protect against growing cybercrimes.

From ransomware to malware, to data theft and phishing attempts, cybercrime has been called one of the biggest threats that organizations face today, with the average cost of a ransomware breach estimated to be $4.62M.

Many organizations who run business-critical applications on the IBM i platform perceive their systems to be impenetrable, which leads to a false sense of security. While IBM i has historically been regarded as a secure platform, many of the vulnerabilities are rooted in configuration and role-based access and authentication. In addition, as more businesses adopt cloud, open source and web technologies, their cyber threat risk grows exponentially.

"Regardless of where your data resides, everyone is at risk of getting hacked," says Tony Perera, CEO of Trinity Guard. "Anyone can have an extensive and expensive firewall, but if you aren’t protecting the data that’s on IBM i then you have security exposure. By joining forces with Fresche, we can bring our protection to more companies around the world and help them safeguard their mission-critical applications, operations and business reputation."

Founded by executives with decades of IBM i and security expertise, Houston-based Trinity Guard occupies a unique niche within the IBM i landscape. The company’s suite of tools is purpose built to deal with today’s complex security and compliance challenges – database security, exit point security, auditing and encryption. The suite includes built-in content mapping that ensures accuracy and cybersecurity compliance with regulations such as PCI DSS, GDPR and others. Designed for ease of use, the software comes with a modern, intuitive dashboard that provides real-time alerts and easier ways to manage the entire system and deal with threats before they happen.

The Trinity Guard suite also has the unique ability to deliver well-parsed security and system event information to all leading System Integration Event Management (SIEM) solutions. This enables easy escalation of critical security activities in real-time. In organizations with large volumes of data, intrusions often go undetected if they don’t have parsing and event escalation capabilities – this has been the primary cause of many data breaches recently.

The software is available as a bundle or individual modules. Flexible licensing and subscription models make it highly accessible at a time when organizations need to double down on security.

“We are delighted to welcome Trinity Guard to the Fresche family” says Stephen Woodard, CEO of Fresche Solutions. “Trinity Guard is one of the only companies we found that is significantly investing and actively developing their products, which ensures our customers will be able to not only deal with today’s security issues but tomorrow’s as well. This is by far the most advanced security and compliance capability in the market and a great value add for Fresche customers. Combined, we now provide our customers and the market with application modernization, infrastructure and security software and services that address the top three challenges facing IBM i organizations today.”

American Pacific Group (APG), the private equity firm that backs Fresche commented, “Trinity Guard is a natural fit for Fresche and we are excited about the future and accelerated growth occurring with Fresche. Trinity Guard marks the second acquisition in 5 months, including Abacus Solutions and further builds on our vision for the market and our growth objectives. We plan to continue to invest in new technologies and expand the Fresche brand and market position through further acquisitions.” said Fraser Preston, Managing Partner at APG.

Trinity Guard will become a division of Fresche and continue to operate and do business under its current name. Fresche remains a global company with offices in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and India and will assume Trinity Guard’s office presence in Houston, Texas.

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About Fresche Solutions
From applications to infrastructure, Fresche brings digital experiences to life, solving complex business problems for our customers with innovative IT solutions. Businesses across the globe rely on us to deliver value in several critical areas including: custom application development, modernization of highly valuable legacy software assets, managed services, cloud, infrastructure and expert staffing solutions.

The depth and breadth of our automated tooling, products and services for IBM i, Windows, Linux and other platforms helps organizations to reach new heights and achieve their digital aspirations to survive and thrive successfully in today’s everchanging markets.

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About Trinity Guard 
Trinity Guard revolutionized the IBM i security space with the introduction of next-gen security auditing starting in 2013. Today, Trinity Guard continues to lead with innovation. Trinity Guard’s IBM i security suite, Linux security auditing, and centralized security management products provide highly integrated auditing, intrusion detection, and security hardening solutions to customers worldwide. Trinity Guard’s global team of cybersecurity engineers is dedicated to providing world-class software that is simple, practical, and effective - to defend our clients in the battle against cybercrime.

www.trinityguard.com

 

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Christine McDowell, Fresche Solutions,
Phone: 1-514-220-1309
Email: christine.mcdowell@freschesolutions.com

Pauline Brazil, Trinity Guard,
Phone: 1-713-244-6207
Email: Pauline@trinityguard.com

New product X-Elevate accelerates development and modernization of RPG programs into modular, next-gen applications and drives new digital capabilities.

Montreal, Canada, September 2021 – Fresche Solutions today introduced X-Elevate, a rapid development tool to build multi-layer, free-form RPG applications and APIs. The product includes templates to help IBM i shops quickly create modern RPG applications and leverage both RPG and non-RPG developer skills. The monolithic architecture of most green screen applications makes them difficult to maintain, display in mobile devices and integrate with newer systems - X-Elevate was specifically built to overcome these challenges.

Using X-Elevate RPG programmers can build responsive web and mobile applications and easily create APIs and web services that integrate with other systems. The service-oriented architecture separates concerns and allows developers to focus efforts between the UI, code, and database.

IT leaders continue to gain tremendous value from the IBM i platform, which has maintained a low total cost of ownership (TCO), unparalleled security and very high availability throughout the years. However, they struggle to manage, enhance, and evolve older applications that were developed decades ago and there is a tremendous need to modernize them.

Marcel Sarrasin, Chief Product Officer at Fresche, noted that the modular architecture that X-Elevate brings to IBM i will help businesses quickly adapt to market changes. “X-Elevate helps unlock innovation by delivering new business models made possible with API, web services and microservices architectures. RPG is still strategic to so many IBM i shops - this is enabling them to continue that investment, improve business agility and attract new IT talent.”

Fresche Product Manager Yuval Oren says that: “We've invested years of research and development into X-Elevate; creating a framework that delivers best practices using modern coding techniques and architecture. The modular design makes it easier to maintain the code, create shared components and improves data integrity and security by providing a single access point to database files.”

Some of the key features of X-Elevate include:

The introduction of X-Elevate gives organizations a unique ability to leverage their investment in RPG, modernize their code into next-gen applications and stop adding to their technical debt.

About Fresche
Fresche is the leading provider of application modernization and development solutions to enable digital transformation for companies that rely on IBM Power Systems running IBM i. Through the power of automated tools and experienced professionals, Fresche delivers innovative solutions that bring clients the best, boldest ways to modernize and better manage their business and IT.

With over 300 digitally connected colleagues around the world and an extensive network of business partners, Fresche collectively brings clients the best solutions to drive innovation and IT success.

For more information about our company, visit us on the web at www.freschesolutions.com

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Yuval Oren, Fresche Solutions,
Product Manager
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Cements its position as the largest IBM i (AS/400) end-to-end full-service provider by expanding its portfolio to include hosting, infrastructure, high availability, disaster recovery and backup solutions.

Montreal, Canada, September 30, 2021 – Fresche Solutions is pleased to announce the acquisition of Abacus Solutions LLC, a leading provider of IBM i cloud, managed services and infrastructure solutions. With this acquisition, Fresche becomes the world’s largest end-to-end provider of IBM i solutions and the premier modernization and transformation partner for thousands of companies that rely on mission-critical IBM Power Systems running IBM i.

Organizations that have significant investment in legacy RPG, COBOL, and CA 2E (Synon) applications recognize that these systems contain tremendous value that is giving them a competitive advantage. However, they also need to modernize their applications to be more agile, offer better digital experiences, and eliminate the risks associated with running older technologies.

Abacus, based in Marietta, Georgia, has been providing world-class IBM i solutions for more than 20 years. This acquisition builds on Fresche’s commitment to help customers leverage the value in their IBM i systems as the foundation for IT innovation and digital transformation—while reducing the time, risk and cost it takes to modernize. Fresche also adds an industry-leading team of architects, engineers, and experts that further complement and expand its extensive portfolio by adding:

We’re thrilled to welcome Abacus to the Fresche family! The number of customers that are looking to us for help and guidance on their way to the cloud is growing at an unprecedented rate. With the cloud and managed services industry expected to reach $791B by 2028, companies are actively looking for flexible and innovative solutions to enable their digital transformation. Our modernization expertise, development capabilities, and automated solutions pair extremely well with Abacus’ impressive cloud and managed services solutions and present an ideal pathway forward for IBM i customers."

-Stephen Woodard, CEO of Fresche.

Fresche’s acquisition of Abacus illustrates our vested interest to provide customers with more value through the support of their IBM i applications,” said Patrick Schutz, Abacus Solutions. “We understand hardware, infrastructure, networking, cloud, and how to manage and upgrade IBM i environments. Our customers need help with aging applications, legacy languages, building strategic roadmaps, addressing skill gaps, and establishing a path forward. Fresche brings decades of experience in modernizing IBM i applications, an incredible portfolio of automated tools, and an amazing team of professionals. Fresche has established themselves as a brand to be reckoned with in the IBM i community and we are honored to join the Fresche team."

American Pacific Group (APG), the private equity firm that backs Fresche commented, “We are excited about the future of Fresche with Abacus. This most recent acquisition aligns with our vision for the market and our growth strategy. We will continue to invest in new technologies and data center capabilities to expand our brand’s global footprint and build on our market position through further acquisitions of ancillary brands within the IBM i space.” said Fraser Preston, Managing Partner at APG.

Abacus will become a division of Fresche and continue to operate and do business under its current name. Fresche, which will remain headquartered in Montreal, Canada, will assume Abacus office presence in Marietta, Georgia, to expand its North American and international footprint.

Says Stephen Woodard, “Given our mutual obsession with client success and how Abacus’ clients absolutely rave about them, we knew this was a natural fit. Together, we now offer end-to-end solutions that support the full IBM i lifecycle and are strategically positioned to help customers worldwide. I am very excited about this next phase of our growth.

For more about Fresche Solutions, please visit www.freschesolutions.com or contact info@freschesolutions.com. To discuss this press release, please see the contact information below.

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Christine McDowell, Fresche Solutions,
Phone: 1-514-220-1309
Email: christine.mcdowell@freschesolutions.com

Patrick Schutz, Abacus Solutions,
Phone: 1-404-819-9092
Email: patrick.schutz@abacussolutions.com

About Fresche

Fresche is the world’s largest end-to-end provider of IBM i solutions and the premier modernization and transformation partner for thousands of companies that rely on mission-critical IBM Power Systems IBM i applications. Our modernization, development, cloud, and managed services—combined with automated tooling—allows us to deliver innovative solutions that bring our clients the best, boldest ways to transform their business and IT.

Our professionals combine fresh thinking with technology and business expertise that fuels transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. We do this by leveraging our clients’ best IT assets to take advantage of digital solutions including web, mobile, and cloud– reducing time to market, lowering risk and cost, and making modernization and IT innovation affordable to every IBM i client on the planet.

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About Abacus

Abacus Solutions is one of the largest, and growing, IBM i platform-focused providers of cloud, hardware, business continuity, and managed services. Whether they call it AS/400, IBM iSeries, System i, or IBM Power systems, businesses partner with Abacus because our team of experts can assist with everything up to the application level for this unique platform. Our multiple data centers combined with an IBM-certified sales and support team allows us to tailor our IT solutions to the specific needs of our customers. For more information about our service offerings, please visit our website at www.abacusllc.com. At Abacus Solutions, We Get IT.

Teamwork, a caring culture and a strong pandemic response make Fresche a top employer again in 2021.

Montreal, Canada, March 11, 2021 – Fresche Solutions, the world’s leading provider of IBM i application modernization and transformation solutions, was recently recognized as one of Montreal’s Top Employers. This is the sixth year that Fresche has been chosen as one of the most employee-friendly and forward-thinking companies in the region.

Fresche’s pandemic response was one of the reasons the company was chosen as a top employer. Early in March 2020, Fresche recognized that the safest place for employees and their families was at home, so all employees were provided with the resources needed to do their job remotely. Within days, the company had effectively reinvented itself as a highly-connected and efficient remote workplace. The company’s collaborative spirit and effective use of communication tools made it easier for employees to quickly adapt and stay connected while keeping themselves and their families safe.

“Employees indicated that maintaining open communications helped ease some anxiety during an uncertain time,” said Fresche Chief Human Resources Officer Mathieu Alarie. “At Fresche, our biggest asset is our people, and it was critical for us to come up with a way to maintain their well-being and health, along with the company’s – all while preserving jobs as we weathered the storm together.”

As an international company, Fresche made certain that all employees had the resources necessary to work from home. The company has even developed a work-from-home policy that will remain in effect post-COVID. This will give employees better options to work in their most productive environment. In addition, Fresche extended its Employee and Family Assistance program to all employees world-wide. Other reasons that Fresche was chosen:

Fresche employees are quick to credit the company’s Fresche thinking for helping them advance in their careers. Dimary Leak, a project support lead in Fresche’s Montreal office, used the tuition subsidy to take courses in agile software development. Her new knowledge, coupled with support from an experienced Fresche manager, helped her accept bigger challenges and deliver projects faster. “The support and courses have been a real game-changer for me,” says Dimary.

Stephen Woodard, President and CEO at Fresche, commented that “Fresche is proud to be named a top employer alongside all the other great companies in the Montreal region. We always make employee satisfaction a priority, but this past year we did everything we could to make sure they were safe as well. And as always, what we do internally with our employees carries over into what they do with customers – taking care to make sure that Fresche delivers the best solutions possible to customers in every circumstance. Doing things right always produces positive results for everyone.”

No matter where you are in your career – or where you are in the world – you can make a significant contribution at Fresche if you are enthusiastic and ready for growth. We have consistently been chosen one of Montreal’s Top Employers, but our benefits and philosophy extend worldwide to our many Fresche offices. Our diversified cultures around the world are a vital part of our success.

About Montreal’s Top Employers Program
Now in its 16th year, Montréal's Top Employers is a special designation that recognizes employers in Greater Montreal that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Employers were evaluated by the editors at Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same criteria as the national competition: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

For further details, please contact:

Christine McDowell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Fresche Solutions
Christine.McDowell@freschesolutions.com
514 220-1309

Mathieu Alarie
Chief Human Resources officer
Fresche Solutions
Mathieu.Alarie@freschesolutions.com
514 910-8312

American Pacific brings industry leading IBM i experience and capital to fuel Fresche’s modernization capabilities as enterprises move into the digital age.

Montreal, Canada, December 15, 2020 – Fresche Solutions today announced it has been acquired by American Pacific Group, a private equity firm targeting investments across all industries with a focus on technology in North America.

Fresche is leading the global charge for companies that have decades of investment in legacy applications, especially those running on IBM Power Systems IBM i. The investment from American Pacific Group will fuel future growth and expansion for Fresche as the company continues to accelerate its mission to enable application modernization, transformation and digital innovation for global enterprises. In particular, American Pacific will help to expand Fresche’s offerings to allow clients to modernize applications and create a cloud-based future.

Former Fresche executive, Stephen Woodard, returns to Fresche stepping into the role of President and CEO to lead the company through its next stage of growth. Stephen brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience and a deep understanding of the Fresche organization, its customer base and the IBM i market. Well known for his ability to steer companies into financial and operational success, Stephen brings a management style that is hands-on and engaging with clients, employees, business partners and shareholders.

Highlights of the Transaction

“In all efforts, Fresche will continue to put its clients first – being manic about providing the best support and innovative solutions. There is massive potential on a global scale as organizations aggressively seek to modernize their applications and prepare for the next digital age. Fresche, with its depth of expertise, its people, technologies, extensive client base and deep relationship with strategic partners such as IBM, stands on the cusp of this innovation wave,” says incoming President and CEO, Stephen Woodard.

Former Fresche President and CEO Daniel Crépeau will remain with the organization to assist with the transition effort.

Woodard adds: “Daniel was instrumental in setting the company on a strategic path that has led to today’s acquisition and to position it for tremendous future success. I have been very impressed with Fresche’s performance during the pandemic and how the leadership team has steered the company through these challenging times. I am excited to be part of the next phase of growth at Fresche which will be a mix of organic and M&A initiatives”

Additional key executives returning to Fresche include former CFO Nick Cristiano, who is re-assuming his role as CFO, and John Clark, who will be filling the new position of CTO. Both of these executives bring extensive business experience, knowledge of the IBM i market, proven track records and familiarity with the Fresche organization.

Fraser Preston, Managing Partner at American Pacific Group, commented, “Fresche Solutions has huge potential and has built a great technology and service offering that provides customers a unique path to achieving their digital transformation goals. We look forward to supporting Fresche in building out new capabilities that further advance the cloud-based future for its global enterprise customers.”

For more about Fresche Solutions, please visit www.freschesolutions.com or contact info@freschesolutions.com. To discuss this press release, please see the contact information below.

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About Fresche Solutions
Fresche is the leading provider of application modernization and management solutions that enable digital transformation for companies that rely on IBM i systems. Through the power of automated tools and experienced professionals, Fresche delivers innovative solutions that bring our clients the best, boldest ways to modernize and better manage their business and IT. Our professionals combine fresh thinking with technology and business expertise to help fuel transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. We do this by recycling our clients’ best IT assets to take advantage of digital solutions including web, mobile, cloud and AI – reducing time to market, lowering risk and cost, and making modernization affordable to every IBM i client on the planet. With over 300 digitally connected colleagues around the world and an extensive network of business partners, Fresche collectively brings clients the best solutions to drive innovation and IT success.

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About American Pacific Group
American Pacific Group is a San Francisco-based private equity firm with $450 million of capital under management that pursues control investment opportunities primarily in North America. It focuses on complex businesses and transactions across sectors with a particular focus on technology. Together with management teams and in-house operating partners, American Pacific Group drives sustainable growth in its portfolio companies through the “Q Process”, a proprietary and proven approach to value creation. For more information, please visit www.americanpacificgroup.com.

 

For further details, please contact:

Christine McDowell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Fresche Solutions
Christine.McDowell@freschesolutions.com
Cell: +1 514 220-1309

Rene Musech
Managing Director
American Pacific Group
americanpacificgroup@brands2life.com
Tel: +1 415 610-7500

X-Replay is the latest addition to Fresche’s IBM i developer productivity and testing suite.

Montreal, Canada, October 2020 – Fresche Solutions today announced availability of X-Replay, a 5250 screen testing solution that provides a flexible, highly-automated method of testing IBM i application user interfaces. X-Replay makes it easy to record interactive tests, replay test scripts automatically and view the results in a web-based dashboard. The increase in RPG modernization and adoption of DevOps, web and mobile technologies in addition to digital transformation are key factors driving the need for testing automation. X-Replay and Fresche’s entire application testing suite focus on streamlining and improving the software development lifecycle.

Marcel Sarrasin, Chief Product Officer at Fresche, said that “there is a growing requirement for IBM i shops to develop, modify and test applications more quickly and improve speed to market. For example, we see numerous companies performing field resizing, refactoring RPG, and carrying out a variety of other projects, all of which require significant testing. Automation is key to adapting rapidly and moving multiple projects forward to completion. To meet the demand, Fresche developed X-Replay to be a key piece of our IBM i testing suite. We want to better support the IBM i market, help the community adopt better testing practices and reduce business expenses by providing easy-to-use tools that identify issues quickly and increase productivity through automation.”

Some of the key features of X-Replay include:

 

“With this solution, we are enabling a new level of quality, automated testing for IBM i application development and modernization,” said Pascal Polverini, senior Fresche consultant, IBM Champion and one of the architects of the solution. “Customers can work seamlessly with tools that fully integrate across the lifecycle where they can plan, execute, and run manual and automated tests – faster and with more accuracy. One of the major differentiators with X-Replay is its design. Traditional 5250 testing solutions use screen shots or screen coordinates, whereas X-Replay uses field names, which gives developers the ability to change field position and size without breaking test cases. In addition, the test scripts can be modified to make tests more scalable. The easier we make testing for IBM i developers, the more likely they are to adopt better testing practices.”

X-Replay is part of the X-Analysis Suite of developer productivity and testing tools. All solutions in the X‑Analysis Suite are designed to improve development and enhance modernization of IBM i environments. The suite is available today from IBM i partners, VARS, ISVs and Fresche itself. For more about X‑Replay, see https://freschesolutions.com/products/automated-ui-testing/ or contact info@freschesolutions.com. To discuss this press release, please see the contact information below.

For further details, please contact:

Christine McDowell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Fresche Solutions
Christine.McDowell@freschesolutions.com
514 220-1309

Marcel Sarrasin
Chief Product officer
Fresche Solutions
Marcel.Sarrasin@freschesolutions.com
250 857-5023

Fresche broadens scope and adaptability of automated solutions to now transform RPG to PHP, producing high quality modern and scalable applications.

Montreal, Canada, September 17th, 2020 – Fresche Solutions today introduced new capabilities with its automated solutions to accelerate application transformation of RPG applications into PHP, paving the way for faster digital innovation. Fresche’s automated solutions provide customers the ability to adopt agile modern systems and open languages by converting RPG to PHP or Java, and CA 2E (Synon) to Java. The addition of RPG to PHP gives companies running IBM i another option to enable competitive advantage while addressing inherent challenges with readily available skills, resources and difficult-to-maintain legacy applications. PHP is a leading open source choice of IBM i clients because it has a great, proven ecosystem and is an accessible language to create quality, maintainable code using RPG developers or existing PHP developers who have no experience on IBM i.

Most organizations are seeking better, faster ways to deliver powerful new digital experiences to their customers and employees. For companies that rely on legacy applications running on IBM’s Power Systems IBM i servers, this often requires piecing together capabilities from a mix of traditional and modern application architectures and technologies. As these organizations embrace open source, cloud, web and AI technologies and multi-threaded strategies, this landscape becomes more diverse and complex. Recognizing that legacy applications are not only core assets but that they contain competitive advantage and differentiation, Fresche keeps closing that divide—with skilled transformation experts, unique automated tooling, a proven methodology and flexible approaches to create the right strategy for each company.

Over the past few years, Fresche has made significant investment in developing the next generation of smart automated solutions that are offered in incremental delivery models and flexible financial models. These solutions provide a high level of automation and include services to ensure successful implementation. They reengineer the applications from monolithic to a modern code structure that is highly maintainable. In addition, a pre-conversion application assessment that provides a comprehensive forensic analysis of the entire system is produced by Fresche’s X Analysis Suite. This provides understanding of the applications and business rules as well as any opportunity for consolidation. The solutions also provide automated testing capabilities covering everything from the database to the UI. Combined, these solutions deliver modernized applications at lower cost and risk than rewriting or replacing while building on the investment in customized systems.

Nick Hampson, Senior Product Manager at Fresche, says that “Our transformation solutions are developed to be scalable and adaptable to support multiple languages. To date, our solutions currently transform the two biggest demands we’ve seen so far which are RPG to PHP or Java and Synon to Java, but we’re seeing a growing interest in other source and target languages. Companies recognize the value proposition that Power Systems IBM i brings, including its highly scalable and robust architecture, low TCO, reliability, security and integrated database. Our approach leverages their existing applications and skills to best meet the needs of the business. What differentiates Fresche from other modernization companies is three-fold. The adaptability of our automated solutions – they have evolved to the point where, with a small amount of enhancement, we can support a variety of target languages. In addition, our people are experts in transformation, which encompasses a deep understanding of both business and technology. And, because every client’s transformation journey is unique in everything from starting point to business goals to investment capability and delivery models, Fresche fits the solution to the needs – we don’t start with technology. To sum it up, every organization has different business challenges and technology is simply the enabler and means to solving those challenges.”

Marcel Sarrasin, Chief Product Officer at Fresche, points out that language conversion is a key part of digital transformation. “2020’s pandemic is forcing companies to adapt at a rapid pace. This is a real challenge for companies that rely on legacy systems and it underscores the importance of having an agile IT. We offer a unique incremental approach that delivers quick wins, demonstrates business value and aligns IT with business stakeholders. Our approach looks at many different options to transform or modernize your applications, including the user interface, database, business logic and web development solutions. Legacy systems are often competitive differentiators and leveraging them as the foundation for digital transformation is a smart way to innovate. Accelerated transformation is a precursor for clients who wish to take advantage of new technologies, agility and innovation. The addition of converting RPG to PHP gives companies another option to modernize their applications. Our IBM i clients are all at different stages in their transformation journey, and Fresche has solutions and services to help at any step. ”

 

About Fresche Solutions

Fresche is the leading provider of application modernization and management solutions that enable digital transformation for companies that rely on IBM i systems. Through the power of automated tools and experienced professionals, Fresche delivers innovative solutions that bring our clients the best, boldest ways to modernize and better manage their business and IT.

Our professionals combine fresh thinking with technology and business expertise to help fuel transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. We do this by recycling our clients’ best IT assets to take advantage of digital solutions including web, mobile, cloud and AI – reducing time to market, lowering risk and cost, and making modernization affordable to every IBM i client on the planet.

With over 300 digitally connected colleagues around the world and an extensive network of business partners, Fresche collectively brings clients the best solutions to drive innovation and IT success.

For more information about our company, visit us on the web at www.freschesolutions.com

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For further details, please contact:

Christine McDowell, Fresche Solutions,
VP, Marketing

Cell: +1 514.220.1309
Email: christine.mcdowell@freschesolutions.com

Marcel Sarrasin, Fresche Solutions,
Chief Product Officer Tel: +1.250.655.1882
Cell: +1 250.857.5023
Email: marcel.sarrasin@freschesolutions.com

Montreal, March 17, 2020 – We have been closely monitoring the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and its impact around the world. First, our hearts and thoughts go out to all the families that are affected by the virus. During this time, we want to do all we can to support your efforts to keep your employees and families safe. The health and well-being of our customers, partners and employees is our top priority.

As we all adjust to this unprecedented situation, we would like to highlight a few actions we are taking to help support the community:

Continued service levels: Employees are working from home and business travel is cancelled for the immediate future
The majority of our employees will be working from home and are set up to work collaboratively with you and support you through virtual means. We are committed to maintaining existing service levels while ensuring the safety of our staff. We have also cancelled any non-essential business travel.

Free web-based access to your IBM i applications
We recognize the challenge that companies face in providing employees with secure access to their IBM i. We are offering organizations free help to get remote connectivity established for their staff, enabling employees to work from home without requiring VPN.

 

Unlimited licensing for existing Presto and Newlook clients
For existing clients using Presto or Newlook that may need to provide wider access to their applications, we are providing unlimited seat counts for 3 months. Existing client? Click here to request the unlimited license.

Remote application support
For companies that run into resource challenges and are looking for assistance, we have a team that has the ability to quickly connect, understand your applications and support your company as little or as much as you need in the coming months. Click here to learn more.

As this situation evolves, we are here to help you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

We wish you and your families the best.

 

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Fresche Solutions
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Fresche Solutions
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514.910-8312

Fresche experts recognized for dedication to maximizing the effectiveness of IBM i for clients worldwide.

Montreal, Canada, February 13, 2020 – Fresche Solutions, the leading provider of IBM i digital transformation enablement, application modernization and management solutions, is pleased to announce that Birgitta Hauser and Pascal Polverini have joined Mike Pavlak as IBM Champions for 2020. This is the first time on the champion’s list for Ms. Hauser and Mr. Polverini, while Mr. Pavlak has been recognized multiple times. The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community and rewards their efforts by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. IBM recognized the Fresche employees through its program for their extraordinary contributions to IBM i communities around the world.

“We are very proud of the work that Birgitta, Mike and Pascal are doing in the IBM i community,” said Daniel Crépeau, Fresche President and CEO. “They are the very definition of IBM Champions. Their diverse skill sets help companies to solve both business and technical challenges as well as provide direction and guidance on how to innovate for the future. There is a pressing need for companies in all industries to innovate and modernize in order to compete and ensure viability for their future. With the guidance provided by Birgitta, Mike and Pascal, companies are moving forward and taking advantage of cognitive computing, advanced analytics, cloud computing, open source and more. At Fresche, Birgitta, Mike and Pascal show IBM i users how to modernize effectively so they can benefit from technologies that will keep them competitive for years to come.”

About the Fresche Champions

Birgitta Hauser: As a key member of Fresche’s Transformation Enablement team, Ms. Hauser advocates for IBM solutions, shares her knowledge and expertise, and helps nurture and grow independent communities. Ms. Hauser’s stated mission is to help IBM i shops extract all of the value they possibly can from IBM Power Systems by taking full advantage of the platform’s endless possibilities and by modernizing to stay in step with current advances in computing. Involved in all aspects of IBM i modernization, Ms. Hauser has a particular focus on databases and data. She is a tireless consultant, programmer, technical advisor, database guru, author and presenter at numerous IBM and IT forums, including NEUCG, POWERUp, OCEAN, Common Sweden and POW3R 2019 (Germany). She is widely published in IBM DeveloperWorks, Germany’s TechKnowLetter and several other publications. She also develops several open source tools at GitHub.

Mike Pavlak: A repeat IBM Champion, Mike Pavlak is a senior IT Strategist in the Fresche Client Advisory department. He provides in-depth analysis of IBM i environments to clients worldwide and helps them plan and execute modernization programs that will better support business initiatives and bolster revenue. A frequent presenter at COMMON and numerous other IBM i-related conferences, Mr. Pavlak is well-known for his promotion of PHP, open source and AI initiatives in conjunction with IBM i. Mr. Pavlak has written extensively on IBM i solutions, notably for IBM Systems Magazine, and as technical editor for iPro Developer and System iNEWS. In addition to user groups, trade shows and industry events, Mr. Pavlak contributes to the IBM i community through blogs, podcasts, webinars and online training courses.

Pascal Polverini: As a Fresche Senior Solution Architect, Mr. Polverini is an enthusiastic promoter of all things IBM – in particular, technologies that will keep IBM i current with recent trends in computing. He is known throughout the international IBM community as a champion of Data and AI on IBM i, having recently received a speaker’s award at USA COMMON for last year’s AI & Cognitive session. He has decades of experience as an architect and is a pioneer in RPG Open Access and cross technology, having helped IBM i shops around the world with their modernization programs by providing a method for moving applications and databases smoothly into the future. An IBM i Advisory Council member, Mr. Polverini is a frequent presenter at conferences, and works in close collaboration with the Montpellier – IBM System Center to ensure that IBM i leverages all the benefits of AI, Cloud, open source and end-to-end testing methodologies. He maintains a significant online presence as the owner of two IBM i groups at LinkedIn and as an Individual Associate at OpenPOWER Foundation.

Birgitta Hauser, Mike Pavlak and Pascal Polverini will maintain the IBM Champion title throughout 2020, with the possibility of renewing the designation in the following year.

About the IBM Champion program

The IBM Champion program recognizes and rewards external experts and thought leaders for their work with IBM products and communities. The program supports advocates and experts across IBM in areas that include Blockchain, Cloud, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Security, Storage, Power, Watson IoT, and IBM Z. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them innovate and transform digitally with IBM software, solutions, and services.

About Fresche Solutions
Fresche is the leading provider of application modernization and management solutions that enable digital transformation for companies that rely on IBM i Systems. Our added-value products and services bring clients the best, boldest ways to modernize and better manage their business and IT. Fresche helps them fuel transformation and growth, improve their productivity and competitiveness while reducing the risks. Fresche has a wide network, with more than 200 business partners worldwide.

Headquartered in Montréal, the company has offices in United States, Australia, India as well as Europe. Fresche investors include Le Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Fondaction.

 

For Further details, please contact:

Christine McDowell
Vice President, Marketing
Fresche Solutions
Christine.McDowell@freschesolutions.com
+1 514.220-1309

Marcel Sarrasin
Chief Product Officer
Fresche Solutions
marcel.sarrasin@freschesolutions.com
+1 250.857.5023

Montreal, August 29, 2019 – Fresche Solutions, the world’s leading provider of IBM Power Systems IBM i application management and modernization solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Crépeau as President & Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1st, 2019. Mr. Crépeau will be responsible for positioning the company for its next phase of growth and development. Daniel Crépeau replaces Andy Kulakowski, who has been part of Fresche for the last 30 years. Mr. Kulakowski will remain involved with Fresche taking on a new role as Founder.

Back in 2010, Mr. Kulakowski led the Company to successfully achieve a management buyout and work out a repositioning plan. Today, as a result of that rebuild strategy, Fresche is recognized as the largest modernization and management company serving the IBM i market. The demand for digital transformation and IT modernization has reached new heights. Mr. Crépeau’s proven track record in fast-growing companies will be extremely valuable. As of September 1st, Andy will also be supporting the Company’s growth by developing and maintaining relationships with clients, partners and the overall business community.

“Working with Daniel over the last year has been an amazing experience. His expertise and professional background will play a key role in the strategic evolution of the company. I’m looking forward to the upcoming months and will continue to work side-by-side with Daniel in Fresche’s continued growth” said Andy Kulakowski, President & CEO of Fresche Solutions.

Daniel Crépeau has more than 30 years of experience within large corporations in the IT and financial sectors managing large, diversified IT operations. He brings to Fresche a tremendous expertise in corporate strategy, business development and operational management. He previously held leadership positions at CGI Group, responsible for the systems integration and outsourcing solutions. He was also Vice President, Information Technologies at PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers. Before joining Fresche as Chief of Operations, Mr. Crépeau worked as a strategic consultant for financial institutions. He also serves on the board of two companies and one non-profit organization that promotes IT learning in elementary schools in Montréal. Mr. Crépeau holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (BEng.) from Polytechnique Montréal.

“We are very excited to work with a proven leader such as Daniel Crépeau to build on the important work that has been done and to help create a market leading company for the long term. Daniel is a very experienced and successful COO who has extensive systems development, professional services and operational experience. He will partner with the leadership and management teams to continue creating value for the company. His skills and knowledge will play a key role in the path of our future growth” declared Mr. Irwin Kramer, Chairman of the Board, Fresche Solutions.

“It’s an honor for me to pursue Andy’s role in such a creative and innovative company. I’m also humbled by the faith and trust that Andy and the Board members have placed in me. Fresche Solutions benefits from an incredible team and a phenomenal line of products and services. Our focus will continue to be on supporting our clients in achieving their business objectives by leveraging the investments they have made in IT. I’m excited to lead the team along with our investment partners in building a market-leading company with solid long-term performance” declared Daniel Crépeau, Chief Operating Officer, Fresche Solutions.

About Fresche Solutions
Fresche is the leading provider of application modernization and management solutions that enable digital transformation for companies that rely on IBM i Systems. Our added-value products and services bring clients the best, boldest ways to modernize and better manage their business and IT. Fresche helps them fuel transformation and growth, improve their productivity and competitiveness while reducing the risks. Fresche has a wide network, with more than 200 business partners worldwide.

Headquartered in Montréal, the company has offices in United States, Australia, India as well as Europe. Fresche investors include Le Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Fondaction.

 

Media Contacts:

Christine McDowell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Fresche Solutions
Christine.McDowell@freschesolutions.com
514.220-1309

Mathieu Alarie
Vice President, Employee Experience
Fresche Solutions
Mathieu.Alarie@freschesolutions.com
514.910-8312

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