• July 1, 2022


  • Jim Buck0 Posts

    Jim Buck is CEO, CoFounder and Lead Instructor at imPower Technologies LLC. Jim’s career in IT spans more than 35 years – primarily in manufacturing, healthcare and college education. Jim has served as past president (13 years) of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (wmcpa.org) and has served on a number of teams developing IBM i and COMMON certification tests. Jim has co-authored, with Bryan Meyers, several IBM i books used in companies and colleges worldwide – the latest, Programming in ILE RPG – 5th Edition (2015). Jim’s other accomplishments include: recipient of the 2007 IBM System i Innovation – Education Excellence Award, 2014 COMMON Presidents Award, and named IBM Champion – Power Systems for 2013, 2016 and 2017. Jim is an independent consultant and professional IBM i trainer. He is active in the IBM i community working to help companies train their employees in the latest IBM i technologies to develop the next generation of IBM i professionals.

IBM i (AS/400)

Failure to Modernize: The Real Cost

By Jim Buck, imPower Technologies In the IBM i world, we tend to talk about modernization in terms of the benefits to the customer. We talk about how unlocking hidden data with APIs allows you to integrate that data for better customer-facing apps and marketing analytics, how upgrading your enterprise applications from green-screen-based UIs to […]

IBM i (AS/400)

Continuing Education: How Mid-Career IBM i Professionals Can Stay Ahead of the Curve

Perhaps the biggest difference between IBM i and most other platforms is the emphasis on continuity. Unlike, say, the Microsoft operating system, a brand-new IBM Power System can run software that was written more than 30 years ago with little or no changes. In some ways, that’s the platform’s competitive advantage. It means that companies […]

Education IBM i (AS/400)

Welcome to i: How to Get Younger Programmers up to Speed in the IBM i/Power Systems World

New IBM i-ers? Despite what you may have heard, they do exist. I should know—I’ve been training them for the last 16 years, first in the context of an IBM i-focused curriculum at the college level, and now through my professional IBM i training business. If you’re having trouble finding new employees qualified to work […]