Growth opportunities for IBM i professionals
There are so many career opportunities for RPG programmers and IBM i (AS/400) professionals provided they are willing to lead. Here are just some of the ways you can help lead:
- Be active in your local IBM i user community.
- Commit to upgrading your skills by learning RPG Free, RDi or another open source language.
- Become a mentor to a junior RPG programmer on staff.
- Help recruit technically savvy professionals that reside in other areas of your company to become RPG developers.
- Commit to learning more about open source and other emerging technologies such as AI, IoT, Machine Learning and Data Analytics.
The IBM i is leading the way. The community is in transition and is looking for leaders who are willing to act as change agents.
Are you one of them?
Here is what is going on in the IBM i community this week.
- News: Leadership = standing up for the IBM i platform by exposing the myths.
- Career: Difficult decisions and the most underrated business skill.
- Development: Microservices and the top enterprise programming languages.
- Leadership: The Lessons of Industry 4.0 for Modernization and 14 leadership principles from Amazon.
- Open Source: DevOps fakers and the opportunities for the believers.
Debunking the myths about legacy systems
If you are new to the IBM i (AS/400) or have been around a while this is an important article to read. There always seems to be an “attempt to sway decision-making” by using misguided claims about legacy systems. The fact is many of these claims have no merit, are used out of contaxt and often times apply to all platforms. It’s time to set the record straight.
How do you deal with the situations you are put in? “These are the decisions that are forced on us, the ones that feel unfair, the ones where there are no seemingly good outcomes.”
The most underrated business skill that most people are terrible at
So, what is this skill? Can you imagine what would happen if we all got better at this?
Microservices: What is happening in your colleguages’ silos?
“Most enterprises still keep separate development teams for each software project or type of software.” The introduction of microservices require a change in thinking. There are some traps to be aware of.
Survey finds these top enterprise programming languages
“For students and programmers looking for a corporate job, it’s clear the older languages are the way to go. The future is in the cloud, but its languages are decades old.” When reading this article, think about how the RPG programming language fits into the picture.
Are you ready for the disruption of Industry 4.0?
Frankly, I have not been as excited as I am now for the future of the IBM i platform. But, it does not come without it’s challenges. IT leadership might want to consider what is happening in Industry 4.0 because it’s similar to what is happening in IBM i community as it modernizes. One of them is to become digitally resilient because “you don’t want technology to lock you into a process that will be painful to get out of in the future.”
14 leadership principles that Amazon looks for in every employee
Companies hire individuals that have the characteristics that will make them successful. Here is a look at the Leadership Principles that are outlined on the Amazon website. These are the principles that Amazons looks for in each and every person they hire. The two that stand out to me the most are:
Learn and be curious
Hire and develop the best
How to turn DevOps fakers into believers
“Are some of your people quietly hanging on to their old ways? Here’s how to get them on board.”
Embracing the opportunities of DevOps
“There is a general recognition that the cultural changes required for an organisation to successfully move into the world of DevOps/CI/CD can prove a much bigger barrier than the technical challenges.” This statement also applies to modernization.
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