CM First Group Announces Belharra as Its Legacy Modernization Partner in France

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Belharra will be the Center of Competency for CA Plex and CM WebClient Technologies.

CM First and Belharra Partner in France

“The combination of the CM WebClient solution from CM First and Belharra’s migration methodology result in productivity gains that makes this kind of project accessible to mid-market companies.” states Bertrand Gambet, CTO, Belharra.

CM First is a gold level partner with CA Technologies, offering customers deep expertise in CA 2E and CA Plex. For companies seeking to move to a modern application development platform, CM First offers expert, automatic code migration from CA 2E to CA Plex. A modernization differentiator is CM WebClient, which enables companies to web- and mobile-enable legacy applications; the solution has been awarded ‘CA Smart’ by CA Technologies.

CM First is a leader in application modernization in a number of countries, particularly the United States. As do many software companies, CM First relies on partner resellers to help extend the company’s reach into new markets. The latest partnership is with Belharra, a software development firm based in Bassussarry, France.

“Belharra has a desirable customer base, speaks the customer’s language and has a positive reputation with its customers,” said Bruno LeConte, Managing Director, CM First France. “CM First wanted to introduce its modernization competencies to France, and Belharra wanted to enhance a reputation for industry-leading modernization expertise.”

CM WebClient has a well-deserved reputation for enabling customers to rapidly modernize to meet critical business challenges. Customers have told CM First that without CM WebClient, it would have been difficult if not impossible to rapidly and cost-effectively achieve modernization goals. Success stories are available on the CM First website, such as United Heritage and Hapimag Belharra will be able to help customers achieve the same successes.

Belharra is a software-services company specialized in business intelligence technologies and integration services. Founded from the meeting of men sharing the same vision on new challenges of enterprises IT, Belharra brings a recognized technical expertise and is a certified IBM France Premier Business Partner.

Customers take advantage of Belharra’s rich panel of competences and strong functional expertise which offers real efficiency in the dialogue with the end-users and in the technical integration with the IT teams (advice, functional and technical expertise, project conducting, etc.) In the AS/400 world, Belharra teams have a proven methodology to use RPG development under DB2 iSeries and Java J2EE integration to create business solutions to new collaborative, internet or mobile challenges.

Belharra adopts a pragmatic, iterative and federative project approach and positions the users at the center of the project along the realization process. Thus, a successful project is a project that keeps its promise in regards of measurable ROI and allows taking advantage of productivity gains for a greater functional added value.

“Belharra is convinced that the services offered foster the modernization of the IT systems to better answer the new management challenges without disruption and with minimal risk. Migration projects have measurable and faster ROI than those established for the deployment of a new ERP,” said Patrick Bourg, COO, Belharra.

While keeping its functional principles and its data structure, which are its richness, a RPG application migrated to Java J2EE becomes more flexible, more adaptive, easier to maintain and manage.

“The combination of the CM WebClient solution from CM First and Belharra’s migration methodology result in productivity gains that makes this kind of project accessible to mid-market companies,” states Bertrand Gambet, CTO, Belharra.

As of today, both companies are working on a CA 2E modernization project for a French customer. CM First and Belharra expect to provide a progress report on this project in fall, 2014.

About CM First
CM First is a global software and services company with focus on application modernization, custom development of enterprise applications that support high-performing, and agile development teams in three key areas: Application Modernization for IBM Environments, Custom Application Development Architected and Agile, Tools and Technology for Future Development. Several hundred modernization reference customers include Hapimag (travel industry), United Heritage (insurance) and Hartman & Hartman (construction).

About Belharra
Belharra was created in April 2006 in Biarritz (France). Specialized in digital services, it offers its expertise in two domains: the integration of IT services for modernization including mobility and collaborative internet; and the edition of e-SCM, a Supply Chain Management solution specialized for the textile industry. The company employs 30 people and had an annual revenue of 3 M€ in 2013. Its customers are mainly enterprises from Mid-Market in France. Main references include Armor Lux, RIP CURL, Billabong, Eden Park, Petit Bateau (textile industry); CCI Poitou-Charentes, CHPF (French Polynesia Hospitals), FNTP, Mairie de Bayonne, Tisséo (Toulouse Transportation), Promologis (public service); LIEBHERR, Eurolines, Sport2000, Intersport, GIFI, Groupe FAYAT (BTP), Hammel Robinetterie, SBCC Dupouy (Import/ Export), EDD (Press on line platform) (industry and trade); Lindt, Jacquet & Brossard, Mericq, Groupe coopératif ARTERRIS, Domaines Barons de Rothschild )food industry).


CM FIRST France                            
Bruno LECONTE, Managing Director            

Patrick Bourg, COO

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