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3 Ways Modernizing IBM® i Can Help You Stay Ahead

By Jeff Oldham posted 06-11-2021 15:53


There's a prevailing misconception that “legacy” systems and applications are outdated in today’s business environment—including IBM® i. The result? The platform and its applications often end up in a CIO’s crosshairs in a push for greater IT efficiency or competitive superiority.

As surprising at it may sound, I've found many CIOs and senior technologists don’t realize that IBM i is a vibrant platform and, despite popular belief, continues to have significant market and competitive strength, having evolved to work with the latest technologies including cloud computing and open-source tools.

Here are three ways modernizing IBM i applications help you meet today’s business needs without disruptive, and often unsuccessful, replatforming projects:


  1. Delivering unmatched ROI on your legacy infrastructure

Using IBM i, you can streamline business processes and workflows by improving user experiences, reducing processing times, and cutting training times. You can maximize the ROI on your IT investments by improving productivity, increasing profits, and reducing costs. Organizations taking this approach achieve results quickly instead of consuming resources on replatforming projects that only delay benefits realization.

Oh, and did I mention? IBMi has the lowest total cost of ownership of any popular computing platform, including Windows/SQL Server and x.86 LINUX/Oracle, alongside low management overhead and operating costs, low application development costs, and more.


  1. Attracting and engaging today’s most innovative developers and programmers to deliver the modern, intuitive experiences your users and customers expect

 Today, IBM i works with open-source languages (such as Node.js, Java, Python, and JavaScript), databases and development tools (such as Git, GitHub, Jenkins, and Ansible), runs in the cloud, and can be accessed from Windows, web, mobile, IoT, and web service interfaces.

On top of that, developers can easily reengineer critical business processes using the latest UI and interface languages (such as HTML5, Node.js, and React) and tools to deliver full-bodied modern user experiences that can automate or streamline processes while reducing the need for training or additional support.


  1. Empowering developers and IT teams to take advantage of modern technologies and best practices

 Your development teams can take advantage of modern technologies and development processes like agile development, DevOps, and open source.

Open source is enhancing and extending IBM i applications with modern technologies including hybrid clouds, artificial intelligence (AI), automation, machine learning (ML), analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

What does all this mean for you? Applications and new features get to market sooner, delivering measurable outcomes to your business. Plus, big data analytics will help you gain better business insights and reveal previously hidden opportunities.

IBM i’s support for the latest technology and low TCO makes it an ideal platform on which to build a future: a source of innovation and cost savings. Don’t underestimate IBM i when making strategic decisions about your future computing platforms—you might just regret it.

To learn more you may want to take a look at this whitepaper, The Rockstar in Your Data Center: The IBM i Platform, or better yet, share it with your CIO.