Freeborders Announces Expanded System AS/400 Center of Excellence

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Company Extends Application Development & Maintenance Portfolio, Making Additional Commitment to Expand IBM Power System Relationships

Our clients continue to maintain a solid commitment to the AS/400 because of the reliability, convenience and low cost of ownership of the platform and they demand a development partner that is just as passionate about it as they are

Freeborders, Inc., the leading global provider of offshore IT services and solutions delivered from centers of excellence in China, today announced the opening of an expanded Center of Excellence focused on AS/400 which brings all hardware and software expertise embodied within their development center in China into one resource that customers can leverage.

"Our clients continue to maintain a solid commitment to the AS/400 because of the reliability, convenience and low cost of ownership of the platform and they demand a development partner that is just as passionate about it as they are," said Jean Cholka, Chief Executive Officer of Freeborders. "With the expanded Freeborders AS/400 Center of Excellence, we are demonstrating our long-term commitment to this platform by investing in ongoing training, support and innovations that help assist and modernize our clients AS/400 solutions."

The company has expanded their AS/400 skill capabilities with a formalized training program to augment their clients' skilled application developers. Specifically, Freeborders is a preferred AS/400 support provider for one of the largest banking systems in the world. The comprehensive banking system is used in 66 different countries and is the core banking platform in major countries, with the larger countries relying on the system for specialized business functions including trade, securities, and cards.

Introduced as a mainframe for small business - the AS/400 is known as a plug-and-play server that can run an entire business and has thousands of software solutions available. IBM has evolved the platform and branding over the years including AS/400, iSeries System and now Power Systems monikers. Freeborders' expanded AS/400 Center of Excellence accommodates clients who agree that the evolved platform remains relevant to their application portfolio.

With a dedicated Center of Excellence in China specializing exclusively on the AS/400 and its various software packages, Freeborders delivers an unparalleled level of expertise, quality and customer satisfaction to AS/400 clients including custom programming, conversion projects, remote support or modifications.

AS/400 Center of Excellence Specialization:
     • New Business Solutions Development
     • Application Reverse Engineering
     • Application Enhancement & Maintenance
     • Native AS/400 GUI Interfaces to Existing Applications
     • Web Services Development:
             o Internet Enablement of AS/400 Applications
             o SOA Access to AS/400 Data & Applications
     • Porting Applications to/from Other Platforms

Based on its recent analysis of the IT outsourcing market, Frost & Sullivan recognized Freeborders (2008 Chinese Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award) for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in the areas of leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compared the market participants and measured the performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the outsourcing industry.

For more information on Freeborders' AS/400 Center of Excellence, please visit http://www.freeborders.com/AS400.html.

About Freeborders:
Freeborders is the leading global provider of offshore IT services and solutions delivered from centers of excellence in China. Privately held and based in San Francisco, CA, Freeborders is recognized for offering best practices in outsourcing by combining its award-winning global delivery model, CHINDUS, with its governance model ATLAS. Freeborders provides a full suite of services that encompass all phases of a project lifecycle including strategy, design, development, testing, implementation integration and extended support. Freeborders is assessed at Level 5 of the SEI's CMMI, and is ISO 27001 certified. To learn more, visit http://www.freeborders.com.

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