There are two IT Jungle articles this week that give a unique perspective on the market. They seem to be at different ends of the spectrum but in reality, they both lead to each other.
Dan Burger, in his article, discusses the roadmap for the IBM i (AS/400) addressing the technical debt that exists in the marketplace. It’s true. Far too many shops are behind the curve and they need to play catch up. But, as the article points out, current IT Management is not always in it for the long haul. Therein lies the challenge.
Alex Woodie, in his article, Reassessing IBM i Value: Worthless Iron or Legacy Goldmine?, speaks to the number of private equity firms that are betting big in the Mainframe and AS400 market. They see it as a low risk, profitable investment.
The articles are evidence, that we are having the right conversations. Our job, as the IBM i community, is to connect the dots.
The question is, how do we get from here to there.
Core skills: RPG and Open Source
It is clear, there is a real need for RPG Developers now and in the future. But, gone are the days when you only know how to program in RPG. Now, and even more so in the future, developers will need to not only upgrade their RPG skills by using RDi and other modern tools but also acquire new programming languages and skills.
This is all evidence, this is what the future of the IBM i landscape will look like.
IBM has been around for over 100 years. There are not many companies that have reached that milestone. To do so, it has had to evolve. As this article points out, it has been designed to do so. As a result, it is a major player in, AI, Machine Learning, Data Analytics and IoT.
The transportation industry often gives good insight to the overall economy. Some statistics show the rate of hiring is slowing in this sector. But not for the reasons you would think. It “would suggest that businesses in the industry are struggling to fill their existing positions due to the lack of talent. I believe we will start to see the same in the IBM i market in the years to come. As a result, employers will begin offering different incentives to retain and attract talent.
“How can you realise your business’s digital future? This is a question many CIOs, IT managers, and other business leaders are asking every day. Digital transformation is the metamorphosis of companies, a thorough and dramatic change in form or appearance.” As Nigel Moulton, the EMEA CTO for Dell EMC’s Modern Data Centre Group points out Digital Transformation takes place in four stages: legacy, emerging, evolving and transformed.
A new way to look at modernization. “While improving security has long been a top priority, improving data sharing between new and legacy applications using APIs, DevOps, microservices, and more speaks to how” companies are looking at Modernization projects.
Check out what tools and technologies are at the top of developers lists in the Open source community. Node.js, PHP among other are on the list. It’s no wonder why the IBM i ecosystem of products are paying attention to it.
If Node.js is your thing. Here is a list from Mybridge, of the Top 10 ranked Node.js articles that can (may) help advance your career.
What is IAM? It stands for Identity and Access Management. It’s been around for a while, but it has evolved. Learn how “security leaders modernize their IAM strategy in this era of unprecedented complexity.”
If you do business in the and/or have customer information on anyone in the EU, then you need to be familiar with GDPR and how it might affect your business. It is set to roll out in May 2018.
Blockchain is a technology that people are trying to get their heads around. Many of the examples of blockchain reference financial transactions. Here is an article that touches on how it will be used in education and employment.
“Businesses are using AI-powered IoT solutions to better engineer products.” We are just starting to scratch the surface in our digital world. How does AI and IoT fit into the picture? Here is an IBM Think 2018 talk that gives you a peek at what the future will hold.
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