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IBM i Pulse: March 29th, 2019

Posted by Tim Losee on Mar 29, 2019 2:00:00 AM


Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i Pulse! Each week we'll take a deeper look at the latest IBM i and Profound Logic news. This week we are looking at the skills needed (and not needed) to manage an IBM i platform and a recap of the longevity of IBM i. 

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5 Skills You Don't Need to Manage IBM i (and tow you do) by Tom Huntington

Year after year IBM i skills is listed as one of the top concerns among those using the platform. But results show that organizations are addressing these concerns with a variety of solutions that include automation, modernizing development, and legacy technology. Still, there is a stigma of a scarcity of skills for those on the IBM i. Why is that? Are IBM i skills so unique? This article works at breaking down the necessary skills to manage your IBM i and those that are nice to have.

Necessary Skills:

  • An Understanding of Enterprise Systems IT Concepts
  • An Understanding of Database Server Concepts

Nice to Have Skills:

  • CL Programming
  • SBMJOB Manual Processing
  • Menu Option 21
  • JDBC/ODBC Activity 
  • Processing Quirks

Hopefully this will better serve those on IBM i in finding the right people with the necessary skills to move their business forward.


Settling In With IBM i for the Long Haul by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The IBM i platform has exhibited longevity far beyond most technologies. You can go back to the System/3 minicomputer of 1969 to trace the origins of the platform. The real starting point, for what was referred to as AS/400 at the time, was when IBM decided to fork its products to address the needs of large enterprises and those of small/medium size businesses. Most companies on IBM i invested in the platform with the early versions of RPG and moved their applications forward and changed them as their businesses evolved. Moving through RPG II, RPG III, RPG IV, ILE RPG to the current RPG free form. It is eye-opening to think that if you have been on this platform for 30 years, you are considered a relative newcomer to the platform.

What is amazing is that there is a long run ahead for the IBM i and many of its customers who have been investing for decades have become it's biggest champions. These companies have no intention of leaving the platform and intend to continue investing and expanding with the IBM i platform.

Read the full analysis here


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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

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