CM First Group AG Partners with OpenLegacy to Enhance Modernization Offering

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Partnership will bring API-based integration solution to clients in North America and Europe

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OpenLegacy offers a unique approach to help CM First customers in the US and Europe move forward with transformation projects where timelines and associated budgets are very relevant in this economy,” shares Christoph Heinrich, CEO of CM First.

CM First announced today that the company will join OpenLegacy’s worldwide channel partner program. OpenLegacy is the open standard-based integration platform provider.

CM First will be introducing OpenLegacy’s technology to CA 2E (Synon) and IBM i clients in North America and the DACH region in Europe. Focused on the modernization of CA 2E, CA Plex, and RPG/COBOL-based IBM i and z/Systems as well as development of responsive UX and iBPM front ends for legacy apps, this partnership with OpenLegacy further extends their capabilities for transformation initiatives.

“Projects can benefit immediately from the integration blueprints of OpenLegacy,” explains CTO John Rhodes. “Especially in cases where IBM i or z/Systems are critical components of enterprise’s back-end systems architecture.” He added that since CM First follows an “API First” philosophy towards modern application development, the OpenLegacy API platform delivers open-standards integration APIs to rapidly implement business initiatives.

Recognized as a "Cool Vendor in Integration by Gartner", OpenLegacy enables enterprises to quickly and securely extend critical, on-premise business applications or even Docker-based cloud containers to web, mobile and cloud with its open standard API technology. The technology is focused on back-end systems and standards based technologies which makes it an ideal partner for existing companies in the field of modernization and integration.

“OpenLegacy offers a unique approach to help CM First customers in the US and Europe move forward with transformation projects where timelines and associated budgets are very relevant in this economy,” shares Christoph Heinrich, CEO of CM First. “OpenLegacy subscription model coupled with our service expertise is helping CM First build repeatable business processes at centers of excellence in Zug, Switzerland and Austin, Texas for banking, logistics and manufacturing,” he explains.

CM First’s target region would be US, Canada and DACH region in Europe. They will also be opening OpenLegacy technology centers of excellence in Austin (Americas) headquarters and Zurich, Switzerland (Europe) headquarters so that interested clients can work hands-on with OpenLegacy’s technology and learn how to integrate their 5250 Applications into modern responsive frameworks.

“This partnership is viewed as an important stride to further expand our presence in North America and Europe, CM First is a company with the right qualifications and experiences in leading transformation projects,” said Rolin Zumaran, SVP, Global Sales at OpenLegacy. “Our API platform is designed to rapidly respond to business initiatives where clients need to deliver timely solutions to their marketplace. Our focus in continuously automate the access to back-end systems further increase the dependability in critical applications where systems of record need to maximize windows of business opportunity.

About CM First
CM First is a global software and services company established in 1999 with a focus on modernizing applications, managing technical debt and the agile development of enterprise apps. Delivery areas include; migrations of software code, databases and IBM hardware, custom app, architecture and API development, mobility solutions and knowledge transfer. CM First works with hundreds of IBM and CA Technologies business-critical systems worldwide, with numerous reference customers covering industries as diverse as logistics, travel, insurance, food processing and oil and gas construction. For more information, visit

About OpenLegacy
OpenLegacy enables enterprises to quickly and rapidly extend and transform legacy and on premise systems such as IBM i (aka AS/400), mainframes and databases to the Web, mobile and cloud. A standards-based, open-source development platform, OpenLegacy lets organizations solve high impact business problems quickly, giving enterprises a newfound agility and opening the door to creative, new, cost-effective solutions. For more information, visit

CM First Contacts
Europe Headquarters
+41 41 508 01 05

North America Headquarters

+33 608 504 285

OpenLegacy Contacts
Amy Kenigsberg
K2 Global Communications
Tel: +972-9-794-1681 (+2 GMT)
Mobile: +972-524-761-341
U.S.: +1-913-440-4072 (+7 ET)

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