• May 26, 2020
IBM i (AS/400)

AS/400: Ready for New Challenges

There’s an old adage about how a fish can’t see the water — just as we can’t see the air. It’s there, it keeps us alive, and we don’t give it much thought until it’s missing. The same is true for legacy systems like AS/400. It’s there, it’s keeping the business alive, and it’s definitely […]

Celebrating Our 2020 IBM Champions

It is one thing to recognize your colleagues and their contributions internally, but it is quite another when the recognition comes from the broader technical community out there. I’m especially proud this year, as 13 of our Rocketeers were named to IBM’s 2020 Class of Champions—the most to be named from a single company! This […]

IBM i (AS/400)

Preparing for the Worst

At a previous job, one of our systems notified us there had been a disk failure. I was not too concerned, as we had redundancy built into the disk array. In short order; however, we had several other disks fail, and the system came down hard. We would later find out there was a manufacturing […]

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 […]

Open Sesame!

It’s not exactly news to anyone that Rocket loves the IBM mainframe. Same goes for me. I started my career working on mainframe computers, and for nearly three decades I’ve run Rocket with the goal of solving hard, technical problems for IBM mainframe customers. I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, but in […]

IBM i (AS/400)

The Real Cost of IBM i System and Application Replacement

Businesses are constantly comparing themselves to one another. That’s a good thing, in most regards: Competitive analysis is after all the key to finding your company’s ideal position in the market. But it’s important to get a balanced perspective, otherwise you might get a false perception. Case in point: The idea that no one uses […]

IBM i (AS/400)

5 Tips for Working Under Management Unfamiliar with IBM i

Unless you’re working in a very large shop as an administrator on IBM i, you are likely reporting to management that did not come from an IBM i background. This dynamic can be challenging, but there are ways to approach the situation that can lead to a more rewarding experience. Here are a few tips […]

July 4 Modernization Campaign

Celebrate Your Independence From from Green-Screen Interfaces and Complex Workflows

Did you know that you can quickly and easily modernize your business without ever touching the back-end code? This Independence Day, learn how to overcome complicated workflows and combat high training costs by making your heritage systems easier to use for all. For a limited time only, we’re offering a free Modernization Score reading to […]

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 […]

IBM i (AS/400)

Using SQL to Query IBM i System Information

When you’re an administrator on IBM i (or any platform) you are constantly looking for ways to do things more efficiently. In many cases, a better way of doing a task is sitting right under your nose. Such was the case for me and the DB2 for i – Services available in library QSYS2. These […]