Last week, I had a surprising conversation with an IBM i user. She contacted us about our API generation solutions, and I told her that many people were using our tools for IBM i modernization. Her response was, “we are not modernizing; we are transforming.” “What’s the difference?” I asked. She replied, “Our company has committed to the IBM i as our core platform for the foreseeable future. That means we must be prepared to support emerging technologies using the IBM i rapidly, and we must recruit the next generation of programmers and IT professionals to work on it.” “We say transformation,” she continued, “because we are transforming how we think about the IBM i. We are not engaged in a ‘holding action’ until the platform is replaced. We are aggressively looking to explore how we can use the IBM i to put our company in the forefront of innovation.”
Transformation means a dramatic shift in our view of the IBM i and our IBM i IT professionals. It means enabling the IBM i to look, act, and be secured like all other platforms in a company’s technology stack. The IBM i should be viewed as an ideal platform to provide our end users access to the latest innovations. Experienced IBM i professionals should lead the adoption of the new technology and show their end users what is possible with the IBM i. That is a critical part of their transformation because the existing staff has the deep understanding of the business necessary to ensure that their new initiatives reflect the needs of their end users, customers, and partners.
Eradani has helped a wide range of customers across industries connect with their customers and partners while adopting the latest technology for the IBM i. We have solutions and domain experts in API enablement, open source, and the latest DevOps tools.