iModernize - The Profound Logic Software Blog

Retiring RPG Programmers: What is the Answer

Posted by Tim Losee on Oct 17, 2017 1:48:40 PM

Technology has never had a growth spurt like it is having right now. Technology to make our lives easier with phones, apps, deliveries, and so much more! We have such a boom in consumer friendly technology, but what about the really important business technology? Most people don't realize that many of the countries manufacturing, transportation, health care, and banking technology is run on RPG applications, not some new app just created in the last couple of years. The amount of data that is dealt with in these industries is massive.

Most of the time we are focused on the modernization of our consumer based technology, we fail to see the importance of the modernization of our business technology. That modernization effort falls to the developers, but the reality is that most RPG developers are baby boomers who are close to or past the retirement age. The reality is that these developers aren't just retiring, but they are expiring. The job skills to maintain these applications are not being taught, passed down or even filled once a programmer has retired. Creating a very unnerving situation with some of our most important data.

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Topics: RPG Development, Application modernization, IBM i applications, Node.js, Profound.js, IBM i, RPG, AS400 modernization, IBM i Modernization, Agile modernization, green screen modernization, 5250

IBM i Pulse: October 13th, 2017

Posted by Tim Losee on Oct 13, 2017 9:14:00 AM

Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i Pulse! Each week we will be taking a deeper look at this week's IBM i news. This week we are looking at the future of Node.js, Using AI to turbocharge your business, and the advantages of IBM i.

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Topics: Events & Education, Application modernization, IBM i applications, Node.js, Profound.js, IBM i, RPG, AS400 modernization, IBM i Modernization, Agile modernization, iSeries, Legacy Modernization

Profound Logic Becomes Newest Member of Node.js Foundation

Posted by Amanda Blackburn on Oct 12, 2017 12:25:02 PM

2017 has been the year of Open Source for IBM i. Businesses no longer have to use their IBM i the way they did the iSeries or AS/400 of decades past. In addition to modern interfaces and UX capabilities, IBM i developers can now easily enable open source API to add never-before thought of functionality to their enterprise applications.

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Topics: Node.js, IBM i Modernization, iSeries, AS 400, IBM Watson

5 Reasons AI is the Future of Business Technology

Posted by Tim Losee on Oct 11, 2017 3:41:50 PM

Artificial Intelligence (AI) like IBM's Watson has quickly emerged as the newest (and some would say, the best) transformative technology for business'. AI enables companies to gain a significant advantage by augmenting human expertise to help unlock new intelligence from data and use it to develop predictive insight. The shift to systems that can reason and learn from both new and old data can significantly benefit a company, making your business technology an asset to your bottom line. 

With the rising demand for AI technology, estimates project that the AI market will grow $2.5 billion in 2014 to more then $12.5 billion in 2019. Over the next two years over half of all consumers will interact with some form of Artificial Intelligence on a regular basis. IBM recently took a survey of over 600 companies using AI on different levels and created a Cognitive Global Market Report, within the report we found 5 top reasons to claim cognitive technology like Watson is the future of Business Technology. 

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Topics: RPG Development, Application modernization, IBM i applications, Node.js, Profound.js, IBM i, RPG, AS400 modernization, IBM i Modernization, Agile modernization, green screen modernization, 5250

IBM i Pulse: October 6th, 2017

Posted by Tim Losee on Oct 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i Pulse! Each week we will be taking a deeper look at this week's IBM i news. This week we are looking at debunking IBM i myths, accelerating with Node.js, and Watson and the weather.

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Topics: Events & Education, Application modernization, IBM i applications, Node.js, Profound.js, IBM i, RPG, AS400 modernization, IBM i Modernization, Agile modernization, iSeries, Legacy Modernization

Customer Success: 2020 Vehicle Solutions

Posted by Tim Losee on Oct 3, 2017 1:04:06 PM

Over the years Profound Logic has been helping companies maximize the use of their IBM i systems by helping them to modernize their 5250 green screens to a more user friendly Web 2.0 interface. We have been fortunate enough to help many great companies modernize their data without having to completely rewrite their system or leave the IBM i altogether. In this series of blogs we want to highlight some of those customers who we have helped through out the years. Through this blog series you will get to see before and after pictures of their modernization efforts, as well as hear from the customers themselves. 

This week we are focusing on 2020 Vehicle Solutions Std, and the help we were able to bring them to make things easier for their customers.

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Topics: RPG Development, Application modernization, IBM i applications, Node.js, Profound.js, IBM i, RPG, AS400 modernization, IBM i Modernization, Agile modernization, green screen modernization, 5250

IBM i Pulse: September 29th, 2017

Posted by Tim Losee on Sep 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i Pulse! Each week we will be taking a deeper look at this week's IBM i news. This week we are looking at Practical uses with Watson and your IBM i, a look at large corporations and their use of Node.js, and a new IBM i development tool.

But First... 

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Topics: Events & Education, Application modernization, IBM i applications, Node.js, Profound.js, IBM i, RPG, AS400 modernization, IBM i Modernization, Agile modernization, iSeries, Legacy Modernization

Profound Pro Tips: Creating Interactive Charts with Profound UI

Posted by Tim Losee on Sep 26, 2017 11:44:00 AM

Profound Pro Tips is a blog series that is focused on reoccurring customer issues that our support team receives and aims to answer questions our Profound Logic customers might have before they even have them! Many of our customers have similar questions and concerns which lead us to create Profound Pro Tips... an easy to reference set of reoccurring questions you might have. Don't see your question/concern in Profound Pro Tips? Please feel free to submit a support ticket and our amazing support team will be happy to help any way they can or leave us a comment below and we will pass it along to our support team.

This week we are discussing how you can take your existing charts and make them more interactive within Profound UI's Visual Designer tool... 

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Topics: RPG Development, Application modernization, IBM i applications, Node.js, Profound.js, IBM i, RPG, AS400 modernization, IBM i Modernization, Agile modernization, iSeries, Legacy Modernization, Profound UI, AS 400, AS_400, Profound Logic

IBM i Pulse: September 22nd, 2017

Posted by Tim Losee on Sep 22, 2017 8:12:34 AM

Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i Pulse! Each week we will be taking a deeper look at this week's IBM i news. This week we are looking at Watson's role in helping IBM i shops, 3 Lessons from the Equifax hack, and lessons from an IoT App. 

But First... 

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Topics: Events & Education, Application modernization, IBM i applications, Node.js, Profound.js, IBM i, RPG, AS400 modernization, IBM i Modernization, Agile modernization, iSeries, Legacy Modernization

Driveway to Watson: Revving Up IBM i Applications

Posted by Alex Roytman on Sep 18, 2017 4:19:44 PM
Alex Roytman meets with IBM's Business Architect for Application Development, Tim Rowe
Alex Roytman meets with IBM's Business Architect for Application Development, Tim Rowe, at IBM's 'Driveway to Watson' Event

Earlier this month, IBM and COMMON held an eye-opening event in Rochester, MN, the home of IBM i.

The 2-day event, cleverly named “IBM i Driveway to Watson” introduced IBM customers and business partners to BlueMix Cloud and Watson AI capabilities, all from an IBM i operating system perspective. Customers from all over the world were able to see firsthand how IBM i applications can integrate with cloud and artificial intelligence technologies.

A variety of topics were covered, including Agile Development, Open Source, Design Thinking, Data Analytics, and Web Services.

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Topics: Node.js, IBM i Modernization, IBM Watson

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