For 30 years, IBM i has been a high-performance operating system that has helped businesses run their applications and keep their IT maintenance costs down. In fact, this reliable, cost-effective environment has been so good that companies are reluctant to change it. They have well-founded fears that new technologies could be more expensive and less dependable, putting their bottom line at risk.
But times are changing and new technologies are transforming the business landscape. As a result, legacy systems are quickly becoming a liability for companies across all industries. The biggest threat to long-term survival is failing to keep pace with new IT developments. In short, it’s modernize or die.
So does that mean it’s time to bid farewell to your trustworthy IBM i system? No. (You can relax now!)
What many people don’t realize is that IBM i has come a long way over the years. With some users still calling it “AS/400” or “iSeries,” there’s an assumption that the environment has stayed frozen in time. But the truth is that since IBM i was released on Power Systems a decade ago, the system has become more open and secure, and it now uses more modern database and application programming languages.
How do you bring your old system up to speed? There are a number of solutions on the market that can help you build on your existing IT investment to meet today’s demands. Here are just some of the things these upgrades can help you do:
- Transform green-screen applications and develop modern web applications with graphic interfaces. Fresh interfaces with better UI/UX make it easier for new recruits to learn how your applications work, increase user productivity and streamline business processes.
- Create inter-enterprise and retail e-commerce applications that integrate with other systems and platforms. In addition to creating a new source of revenue, e-commerce applications can help your business meet changing customer demands.
- Switch to open-source code. Using a more modern language can make it easier to find new developers for your team and prepare your business to leverage the latest web and mobile technologies.
- Publish mobile versions of your existing IBM i applications to give employees fast and convenient access to real-time data. In addition to helping senior managers make better decisions, mobile apps can help sales reps offer better customer service, allow field workers to submit timely reports and enable warehouse teams to reduce their printing needs.
These are just some of the things you can do to maximize the value of your IBM i environment. To get the ball rolling on a system upgrade, your internal IT team may need help from a reliable business partner to develop a modernization roadmap. Together, they can analyze your existing assets and strategic growth plan to determine what updates make the most sense for your business.
With the right partners and tools, modernizing your IT system doesn’t need to be an expensive undertaking. And given how fast technology is evolving—taking customer demands along with it—no business can afford to be left behind.
R2i and its partners regularly help businesses modernize legacy platforms. To speak with our specialists about what strategy could work for your business, contact us any time. We’d be happy to help.
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