The ease with which consumers have adapted to rapid change signals a future of more disruption.
The effect that COVID has had on how we work is transforming IBM i shops throughout the United States. Where the ability to work remotely up to 2019 was a perk, now it is the norm.
Organizations must be able to pivot.
the companies that will thrive post-crisis are those that seize the opportunities generated by the accelerated upheavals we’re seeing — where industries are suddenly transformed by new products and services entering the market that are simultaneously better and cheaper than existing offerings.
Technology collaboration tools like Slack, MS Teams, and Zoom are now in common use. Organizations that had this technology in place when COVID hit made an easy and quick transition to remote work.
RPG developers who have not made the shift to developing in RPG free form or thought that RDi was too difficult to pick up, maybe should take another look.
One way to getting broader adoption for developing applications in RPG free form is done by mandating that all new development be done using RPG free form.
We have seen that in IBM i shops, where leadership directs that all new development be done in RPG free, are far more likely to adapt to new and emerging business needs faster.
Additionally, IBM i environments who have kept their hardware, OS, and RPG applications up to date have been able to quickly build APIs and web services to take advantage of eCommerce and other digital business opportunities.
Reinvest, experiment, and listen to your customers.
When reading this article, think about how these five areas, if embraced would help the IBM i community.
- Reinvest in core and emerging technologies.
- Don’t rely on the old way of doing things.
- Pay attention to what your customers want and now they want it.
- Invest time in new partnerships with existing customers.
- Embrace Technology platforms both new and existing.
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