IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - February 2017 - Cover2
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By Andy Youniss
One reason I love coming to work every day is because
much of our success at Rocket is due to our zigging when
everyone else is zagging. We have stayed true to our IBM
roots, doubling down again and again on our partnership with
what we believe is the number one technology company in the
One example of this philosophy is our commitment to the
IBM mainframe platform and the organizations around the
globe that depend on it. In the real world, just about every
bank, insurance company, and government is using Big Iron to
deliver the goods and services that you and I depend on every
We also have the same commitment to IBM POWER (we made our first investment in the IBM
i ecosystem over a decade ago.) IBM POWER, along with AIX and IBM i powers the world. So
many businesses that you know and love rely on these platforms every day. You might not know
it, but when you transact on the web, on your mobile device, in the cloud, you are touching
an IBM POWER platform on the back end. How cool is that! None of these technologies even
existed when the original midrange computer rolled off the line nearly 40 years ago.
It's hard to imagine a technology lasting-and thriving-this long, but IBM i has turned out to
be the "futureproof" system that thousands of organizations rely on to manage their data and
manage their business. So let's look at some of the reasons why Rocket is doubling down (yet
again) on this strong IBM platform.
As CEO of Rocket Software, I get to speak with IBM i users all over the world. The people I talk
to are adding web and mobile interfaces to their IBM i applications, creating web service layers,
restructuring their databases, and modernizing their RPG code. IBM i professionals are ensuring
that their business end users, customers, and partners can interact with their applications using
the latest technology in our increasingly interconnected world.
IBM i shops are leveraging a portfolio of modernization tools to help them meet today's
challenges. If the goal is to get a web interface onto all application screens
as rapidly as possible, automated transformation might be the right solution.
If the objective is to connect internal applications to customer or partner
systems, or if it's necessary to change the application workflow, then web
services might be a better answer.
My point is that IBM i can do it all, and anyone can use this versatile
platform - even to support activities that weren't even a pipe dream when
the technology that became IBM i was introduced. It's a testament to the
adaptability of this platform.
That's why Rocket is "all in" with IBM i. It just works, and it can do anything.
There aren't too many technologies you can say that about.
Andy Youniss (firstname.lastname@example.org) is CEO of Rocket Software.