• October 19, 2018
IBM i (AS/400)

Keep a Fully Stocked IBM i Modernization Toolbox

In my job as the Vice President of all things IBM i at Rocket Software, I get to speak with IBM i users all over the world. The people I talk to are adding web and mobile interfaces to their IBM i applications, creating web service layers, restructuring their databases and modernizing their RPG code. […]

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IBM i Trends in Modernization for 2017

2016 was a blur of airports and hotels for me as I flew almost 200,000 miles in order to visit with hundreds of IBM i professionals all over the world. One of the hottest trends for IBM i shops is exposing existing IBM i application functions as web services. Many companies I have spoken with […]

Get more out of your IBM i technology investment

I’ve always had a soft spot for IBM i (or AS/400 as we knew it back in the 1980s). I’ve spent 30 years in the IT industry, in roles ranging from entry-level specialist to my current position as CIO here at Rocket Software. In that time, I’ve supported and administered a lot of different platforms—some […]

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Your IBM i system: your best bet for the future

Twice in the past couple months, I’ve met with IBM i users whose companies had just abandoned attempts to replace their IBM i platforms. Executive management wanted new, modern looking applications and had dismissed the IBM i as “old” technology. At both companies, the executives dramatically underestimated the business domain knowledge that had been built […]

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Application modernization–what is it anyway?

In The Beginning In the late 1970s, in my first IT job, my input device was a keypunch machine. I used it to punch holes in 80 column cards. The cards held both my data and my programs. I ran the data cards through a sorter machine so they would be processed in the right […]

Is it going to take a major software failure to get you to look at your current systems?

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” There is no better example of this than the application development lifecycle and all its moving parts. If any system, code, process, or workflow breaks down at any time, it can prompt a major software failure that can be devastating for an organization’s business. Are […]

Getting the deep down muck on DDM!

DDM or Distributed Data Management has been around on IBM i since it was the good old AS/400 (probably even before that). Let’s get Deep Down into the Muck (DDM?) of DDM. What is it and why does iCluster need it? The DDM support on IBM i allows application programs or users to access data […]

CHKACTGRP – New tool to programmatically check for active group

Interactive iCluster users can use Option 2 Work with Groups or the Status Monitors to determine if a group is active. However, if you needed to determine this programmatically, traditionally a read of the DMGROUPS metadata file for the specified group to see if the status field was *STRREPL was used. The status field however […]

iCluster 7.1 Interim Fix 11 is GA

The most current release of Rocket iCluster is 7.1 TR1, but Rocket Software continues to support previous releases. If you are on Rocket iCluster 7.1, the most current fix pack Interim Fix 11 (IF11) has just been made available on the customer portal. The package can be found at https://support.rocketsoftware.com/rsp-portal/downloads/categoryDetail?category=Rocket+iCluster under RIC-27 Rocket iCluster 7.1 […]

Subscribing to iCluster Newsletters

On a monthly basis, Rocket sends a customer newsletter to all iCluster customers. This newsletter covers some of the technical tips provided in this blog, but also some additional information, such as the release of new How to Videos on the iCluster website, news of new events, team member profiles, new releases etc. To subscribe […]