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Vote for IBM i Modernization @ COMMON 2016

Posted by Amanda Blackburn on Apr 26, 2016 4:48:41 PM

The COMMON Annual Conference and Expo is just around the corner! And we're bringing the excitement of the 2016 Election Year to Booth #208 in the Expo Hall.  

IBM i is OUR front-runner for Enterprise Modernization, and we're here to tell you why it's the right choice for modern businesses everywhere!

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Topics: Events & Education

4 Stunning Before and After Modernization Screenshots of IBM i Applications

Posted by Thao Tran on Apr 18, 2016 4:22:09 PM

In our "Application Transformation Contest" last month we challenged our customers to show off their most impressive "Before" and "After" modernization screenshots along with a story of how it's affected their business. What they came up with even surprised us.

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Topics: Application modernization

New Case Study: Kansas Turnpike Authority

Posted by Amanda Blackburn on Apr 4, 2016 5:25:29 PM

"By moving our interfaces to Profound UI, we’re protecting our technology investment while supporting our company’s future success, and proving to upper management that the IBM i is just as modern as any other business platform." 
Blake Butterworth, Application Development Manager 
Kansas Turnpike Authority

When faced with modernizing a decades-old IBM i (AS/400) application that has been maintained by several different RPG developers, it's easy to see how an IBM i development team might feel overwhelmed about where to begin. Not only could such a large-scale application modernization project be expensive, but it could potentially take a very long time and be very disruptive to the business.

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Topics: RPG Development, Case Study, Development, Application modernization

IBM i Pulse: March 18, 2016

Posted by Thao Tran on Mar 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Welcome back to your favorite IBM i News roundup. We've been trying out a bi-weekly posting schedule for the past few weeks so we could cover more content for you guys. How are you liking it? Let us know in the comments!

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Topics: Events & Education

And the State of IBM i Modernization Is....

Posted by Alex Roytman on Mar 10, 2016 4:04:17 PM

The last few years have seen many advancements in tools and approaches for modernizing green screens and developing new, modern web UIs. But does that mean that the majority of businesses using IBM i have actually transformed their green screens? If not, what impact have legacy applications and development processes had on today's businesses?

We recently conducted a survey to uncover the “State of IBM i Modernization”. Over 400 companies replied to the survey, and the results were eye-opening. Here are some highlights:

  • Technical users (developers, analysts) have a mostly positive view of the platform, but maintaining outdated interfaces and code is a major productivity roadblock.

  • Although most companies surveyed reported that the majority of their business applications run on IBM i, their management (VP and C-level) believes that the platform is “old” and “outdated” because of the use of green screens.

  • Both technical and business users are very concerned that they will lose developers in the coming years, and that training new employees on green screens will be a challenge.
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Topics: RPG Development, 2016 Survey, Enterprise Modernization, Application modernization, IBM i applications

IBM i Pulse: March 4, 2016

Posted by Thao Tran on Mar 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It's that time of the week again for you to catch up on your IBM i news. Let's start this edition off with IBM i's "exciting" announcement of IBM i 7.3 aka...

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Topics: Events & Education

IBM i Pulse: February 19, 2016

Posted by Thao Tran on Feb 19, 2016 2:44:00 PM

Welcome to this week's edition of IBM i Pulse, your favorite news roundup. Before we begin, I want to mention that we were glad to get some great feedback for our Profound UI 5.3 webinar. You can watch the replay here if you weren't able to make it. Now let's get to the news.

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Topics: Events & Education

IBM i Pulse: February 5, 2016

Posted by Thao Tran on Feb 5, 2016 12:24:54 PM

You’re reading IBM i Pulse, our weekly bite-sized roundup of the latest headlines in the IBM i industry. Before we begin, I want to let everyone know that our modernization survey results are now available. We discovered things like the #1 concern upper managers with IBM i, the direction of the platform, and more. Click here to learn more.

Now for the news. This first article is great.

Ain't Nobody's Business But Your Own
by Dan Burger

  • The distance between the IT department and the executive suite in some IBM midrange shops makes a trip to Mars seem like a hop, skip, and a jump. How do you close that gap? 
  • For one thing, you probably will need to learn another language. No, not Java. Not HTML, either. It's the language of business.
  • Emphasizing business benefits is Oberholtzer's strongest advice, and that's done by steering clear of technical dialogue and learning how to talk in terms of business advantages.
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Topics: Events & Education

IBM i Pulse: January 29, 2016

Posted by Thao Tran on Jan 29, 2016 12:12:11 PM

You’re reading IBM i Pulse, our weekly bite-sized roundup of the latest headlines in the IBM i industry. Some interesting projections this week...let's get straight to it!

More proof IBM i 7.3 is coming
by Simon Hutchinson

  • "In the IBM developerWorks website there are now sections for IBM i 7.3 and 7.2 TR4 enhancements, which were created on January 13."
  • "Does this mean that the new release will be out this spring?"
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Topics: Events & Education

IBM i Pulse: January 22, 2016

Posted by Thao Tran on Jan 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

You’re reading IBM i Pulse, our weekly bite-sized roundup of the latest headlines in the IBM i industry. Let's get straight to it!

Profound Survey Adds To 'Why i Matters' Discussion
by Dan Burger

This edition starts off with an IT Jungle story featuring our recent IBM i Modernization survey results. You can pre-register for the white paper where we go in-depth into the responses and dissect developers vs. upper management viewpoints on the IBM i. It'll be released sometime next week!

  • "Profound Logic, one of the leading application development tool vendors in the IBM i community, shared a glimpse at a soon to be released white paper with IT Jungle based on its recently completed modernization survey."
  • "The top complaint from developers was the negative perception of the IBM i platform that is held by company executives, which results in a reluctance to invest in IBM i."
  • "From the business executives' perspective, the cost of modernization was their biggest concern. It's unclear whether the cost of modernization will result in maintaining the status quo, reducing the scope of modernization, or investigating the cost of migration to another platform"
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Topics: Events & Education

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