IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - 31
How collaboration drives IBM i modernization
By Nick Daniels k Photography by David Bowman
s IBM i celebrates its 30th
anniversary this month,
the platform isn't looking
back. IBM i still has its sights set
firmly on the future.
It's this approach-with product
innovation at the forefront-that
has helped make the platform
a vital business partner for its
clients over the last three decades.
IBM Systems Magazine,
Power Systems edition, spoke with
Tim Rowe, business architect,
and Systems Management,
and Scott Forstie, business
architect, Db2* for i, to learn more
about how IBM's commitment
to IBM i modernization has
positioned the platform to thrive
for years to come.
IBM Systems Magazine (ISM):
As IBM i reaches 30 years,
how are development efforts
keeping the IBM i platform
modern and vital to businesses around the globe?
Tim Rowe (TR): There are many
aspects to that. Web and mobile,
in particular, happen to be two of
the things that often come to the
forefront. With IBM i, we continue
to make certain that we can run
the latest web technologies-make
certain that we have the infrastructure required on the platform-so
that we're just as relevant in this
web/mobile world as any other
platform that's available.
That's why we have such
an important focus on
modernization, as a general term,
and why specifically a lot of our
open-source initiatives have really
been geared toward continuing to
help us stay very relevant, both
with the technology, as well as
ensuring that we have today's
talent that can jump in and start
to make a difference in people's
businesses on IBM i.
ISM: What are some of the
top modernization requests
that clients make and how
does IBM incorporate that
Scott Forstie (SF): The first and
foremost is SQL language capability. People understand the
productivity and efficiency you
gain by using a language of the
database that's built upon many
standards. They see great value
in moving their infrastructure op-
* The Request for Enhancements process
helps IBM incorporate client feedback.
* The IBM i technology updates Wiki and
developerWorks articles explain the business value behind platform upgrades.
* Db2 updates simplify the process for
protecting sensitive data.
* IBM i integration with Watson is the next
frontier for the platform.
erations ahead using SQL. It may
be tackling a difficult task now
has become simple, or it could be
on the other end of the business,
being able to onboard a new team
member and have them be a productive contributor much faster
than with prior techniques.
Another one would be this area
of IBM i services, which seems
to have become pretty popular
using, again, SQL as a way to
manage IBM i.
TR: From a general perspective,
we have a couple of different ways
that we get client requirements.
Our Request For Enhancements
(RFEs) process is one of our large
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