• November 19, 2018

IBM i (AS/400)

IBM i (AS/400)

Modern DevOps and the IBM i

As I travel around the world visiting with IBM i customers and discussing the challenges around managing a modern development environment, I am increasingly hearing a common refrain: “My company wants us to manage all of our development with Git.” It is completely understandable. Companies would like to have a single repository for all their […]

IBM i (AS/400)

Integrating PowerVC in an IBM i Shop

The speed of business has never been faster. Product release cycles have shrunk to timelines inconceivable in the past. Some fashion retailers are now releasing new product every two weeks, a cycle that historically only happened 4-8 times a year, and certain retailers even have product available immediately after it is displayed on the runway. […]

IBM i (AS/400)

Building Bridges from AS/400 to modern platforms | FAQ

VP of Solution Sales, Dan Magid, and Senior Sales Engineer, Charles Jones, recently hosted the “Building Bridges: AS/400 to modern platforms” webinar in partnership with IBM Systems Magazine. A recording of the session is available here if you’d like to view it again or share with colleagues. The webinar focused on how organizations can “build bridges” […]

IBM i (AS/400)

Ban default passwords with system value settings in IBM i 7.2

When you create a new user profile, the historical tendency is to use the IBM-supplied default value for the User’s new password. The password value is shown on the command prompt as *USRPRF. (Figure 1) When the value *USRPRF is used to specify the password, the user’s password will be set to match the name […]

IBM i (AS/400)

Building Bridges: from AS/400 to modern platforms

Dear CTOs, CIOs, users, and application leaders of all kinds, Which of your 10 “number one” priorities did you accomplish today? One? Maybe two? Is it none? To many development leaders, it can feel like job responsibilities are in constant conflict. We’ve been hearing it from our customers for years. In general, many leaders struggle […]

IBM i (AS/400)

IBM i: The Best-Kept Secret in IT?

I have flown more than 100,000 miles this year to visit our IBM i customers. One story I consistently hear is organizations advocating retiring their IBM i platform in favor of something that’s more “modern.” When pressed, these people cite that the technology is old, has a green screen interface, can’t keep up with the […]

IBM i (AS/400)

For AS/400 Modernization, Start With the User Experience

As VP of Rocket’s solution sales team, I talk to people using the IBM i nearly every day. We talk about modernization topics ranging from terminal emulation to multiplatform DevOps to building IBM i APIs. All too often, I find that the conversation turns to this question at some point: My executives want to know […]

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)

Why Skills Training Matters for Young Programmers

There is no doubt that millennials have brought great energy and technological advances to the world of business over the last several years. Their contributions have helped lead the rapid transformation of many companies. However, there are times that millennials bypass tried-and-true techniques in favor of their own creative solutions and miss out on foundational […]

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 […]