IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - May 2017 - FF7
| FRESH FACES OF IBM i |
've been working on IBM i for five years. In my current role, I
maintain IBM Power* hardware and IBM i software running a
custom-developed claims processing application.
To me, the coolest thing about IBM i is that it runs legacy and
modern code simultaneously.
Given the integrated nature of the platform, it's easy to gain
experience in security, database administration, application
performance tuning, backup and restore, disaster recovery, and
more. It's a great place to start out your career.
Those who have been working on the platform for a length of time
can also easily try their hand at an open-source project or use one of
the DB2 services to automate admin functions. IBM provides great
support for this platform, so there's really no limit to what you can
make of it.
I was one of those people who thought IBM i was an older
technology that businesses ran because they had to. Now, I see why
you would want to choose it for your business. Plus, IBM i has a
wonderful network of individuals who are very passionate about the
platform, and who are willing to mentor others.
VA L E R I E
SYSTEM S E NG INEE R
UN I V ER SIT Y O F P ITTSB U R G H
ME DICA L CENTE R (UP M C)
have worked in IT and with IBM Power Systems* for about a year
and a half. I take care of help desk tickets that involve program
changes, set up and map EDI customers, and lead the user
I'm also the conference director for the Wisconsin Midrange
Computer Professional Association (WMCPA). Being part of that
community helps me to learn from those who have been in the
industry for a long time. Any time you can gain knowledge, you
are more acceptable to change within an evolving environment
like IBM i.
Older languages on IBM i can be easily converted to easy-toread, free format. We have used tools to convert all of our fixedformat source to free format. Then we use free format to make
program changes. I access the programs I'm working on and
rewrite using embedded SQL if warranted.
K E L LY LY N N
S O F T WA R E E N G I N E E R
SM A L L EY STE EL R ING
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