• July 9, 2020

The Silent Stars of Pandemic IT

Maintaining a functioning IT environment during a pandemic is no small task. Doing it remotely—while working from home with myriad distractions, dogs, kids and some challenging toilet paper procurement issues—is heroic. It’s something that has become increasingly common during the pandemic. 

To get through the pandemic, most companies, schools, hospitals and, indeed, families, are even more dependent on their IT infrastructure than before. It’s the one piece of the operation that maintains connection, operates largely without in-person engagement, and keeps the business humming. 

And, at the core of these IT environments, requiring precious little maintenance and tending, are often-forgotten legacy systems. They aren’t spiking cloud usage or rebooting every 10 minutes. They experience few hardware problems. They just go, running your ERP or business system, every single day. 

In the before-times, a timer lingered in the air above your IBM i. Is it’s time up? When will it be replaced? Now, it feels like IT leaders are glancing at distributed systems asking, “Why can’t you be more like your older sister?”

This is an opportunity for IBM i.

In this moment where its strengths—resilience, scalability, dependability—are drawing the spotlight, it’s time to plan some IT improvement projects. 

  • It’s been a while since it had a makeover, right? If the application felt more contemporary, users would on-board faster and use it more efficiently.
  • Is it an isolated island? The IBM i can be easily integrated via APIs to the business logic or data with those distributed systems across IT. It truly can play very well with others.
  • Are the developers still waterfalling? There are tools that support IBM i development in a DevOps process, synchronizing the activities and processes with Git, Jira and Jenkins.

While the memory of the strength of the platform remains fresh in the minds of those running your business, it is a good time to build a proposal to invest a little in your core systems. The expensive and forbidding investment in replacement has been pulled off the table for many companies. Luckily, the IBM i can handle anything a new system can, with just a few enhancements. At a time when businesses are concerned about costs, updating the IBM i may be the IT boost your team needs to keep costs low and keep the business running. 

Your IBM i system has been supporting your business staunchly for decades – and it’s carrying you through this challenging time. As this challenging time hopefully comes to a swift conclusion, consider shoring it up so it remains just as strong into the future.

Lilac Schoenbeck

Lilac Schoenbeck 3 Posts

Lilac Schoenbeck is the Vice President of Go-To-Market Strategy in the Power Systems Division at Rocket Software. With two decades of experience in enterprise software, data center technology and cloud, she focuses on the IBM i and IBM Power and how Rocket can best meet the unique needs of these core IT markets.

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