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IBM i Pulse: January 26th, 2018

Posted by Tim Losee on Jan 26, 2018 9:13:00 AM


Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i Pulse! Each week we will be taking a deeper look at the latest IBM i and Profound Logic news. 

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Key Considerations of AI, IoT and Digital Transformation by Mark Troester

The talk of the tech world recently has been dominated by Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Digital Transformation. As companies embrace these new technologies they are beginning to understand the value that they can bring, but not always the cost and effort that is needed.

Artificial Intelligence has lead to the bulk of the excitement (with mainstream commercials for Watson helping) and in a recent survey that was conducted by MIT Sloan Management Group, nearly 9 out of 10 executives say that AI can give their business a competitive advantage over their competition as well as open up new revenue streams. But those same executives don't seem to know how to implement AI into their current business plans or even how much AI development will cost them. These are important key considerations if you are interested in bringing AI to your company. Luckily Profound.js can make the transition a lot easier.

Read the key considerations for using these technologies here.

Teaching RPG to IBM i Developers by Steve Wills

A key IBM i strategy is transforming RPG into a more modern programming languages that non-RPG developers can learn. Another strategy is to help those developers learn modern RPG as well. Steve interviews two well-known members of the IBM i community who spend a great deal of time teaching RPG; Paul Tuohy and Jim Buck. Here are some of the highlights of that interview:

Jim: The courses at imPower can serve young developers new to RPG as well as experienced developers wanting to improve/update existing skills, as well as organizations that have been unable to find RPG programmers and are willing to hire Computer Science graduates and train them in RPG.

Paul: I usually deal with customers at the early stages of a modernization process. Their long-term goal is modernization (which is usually a broad concept as opposed to an actual plan) - but there is always the requirement to get a base skill set in place. It is usually a chicken and egg situation - developers don’t know what they can do until they learn the skills and (they feel) they don’t know what skills they need until they decide what to do.

Jim: Once long-time RPG programmers are introduced to the NEW RPG and programming concepts, they are usually excited and quickly adopt the new technology. Experienced programmers who know other languages quickly pick up the language and are impressed by RPG because of its ease of database access. As for programmers straight out of school, they come from a PC or mobile environment and when presented with the power of these IBM i systems they’re fascinated by the system's possibilities.

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

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