Welcome to another edition of Talsco Weekly
- IBM i Brief: Are you a Rising Star? IBM i Daily Newsletter.
- Hiring: RPG Programmers, Retirements and Modernization. How to Attract and Hire RPG Programmers.
- Modernization: Technical Debt from a DevOps Perspective. The Differences Between the AS/400 and the IBM i.
IBM i Brief
TechChannel is again recognizing those who have recently launched careers on the IBM Z and Power Systems platforms and are already making a big impact.
It’s stories like this that give proof to the enterprise community that the IBM i and Power Systems Platforms are innovative, transformative, and a great place to build a career.
This could be you someday, or maybe you know someone who could be a rising star.
Hats off to Torbjörn Appehl and his continuous efforts to promote the IBM i and Power Systems globally with his series of newsletters.
IT modernization projects are like a game of chess.
The fact that RPG and other legacy programmers continue to retire at a rapid pace makes this a hot topic in the IBM i (AS/400) and Mainframe communities.
So, how do IBM i shops deal with the linked technical and resource challenges of modernization?
I am not sure there is a clear-cut answer, but it is playing out before our eyes.
When it comes to hiring RPG developers, the fact that there are multiple generations in the workforce creates some unique challenges.
As you look around in your IBM i shop, what percentage are baby boomers, Generation X or a Millennials?
In working with our client base and hearing the stories about their modernization challenges, most of the time, technical debt and business process debt are at the root of the problem.
This infographic gives a good representation of the unseen challenges organizations will face as they modernize.
The AS/400 has come a long way.
It’s very easy to get confused about what to call the platform because of all the changes in names over the years. Here is a quick history of the AS/400 (AS400), iSeries, and the IBM i.
Let’s put it into perspective.
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