Modernization Beyond the Technical Eye: Prepare for the Culture Change

Posted by Nick Hampson on Jan 6, 2014 11:00:00 AM

First of all Happy New Year!

This is a difficult post for me to write. Even though the topic is something I am passionate about and know inside out, it is also the part of my job (and part of modernization) that people ignore and value the least, as per the feedback I get and see (or don't for the most part).

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization

Modernization of IBM i Legacy Applications

Posted by Sol De Leon on Nov 26, 2013 10:34:00 PM

Modernization of IBM i Legacy Applications - What does this mean for you?

The IBM i has a large installed base of legacy applications that are written in RPG and Cobol with green screens.  These applications are performing core functions for many companies. They were written well before the explosion of the internet, the cloud or mobile devices.

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Topics: RPG Open Access, Application Modernization, Application Integration

Abandon in Place? Your IBM i software?

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Nov 20, 2013 9:19:00 PM

In February 1962, NASA’s Cape Canaveral was the hub of the space program, the center where controllers counted down and then watched tensely from their consoles as John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth.  Today the Mercury Control Center stands empty and all but abandoned, half hidden by thick Florida vegetation.  The rocket launchers from the space program’s glory days in the 1960s that are too big to move or scrap are now simply stenciled “Abandon In Place.”


Wow.  Reminds me of the code I pounded out back in the 80’s and into the 90’s.  Granted, none of my brainchild programs ever sent a rocket to the moon but they did help send an upstart entrepreneur straight to the bank.

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization

Hidden Gems with looksoftware - The Test Recorder

Posted by Vas Mintzikos on Nov 14, 2013 8:25:13 PM

It's all about powerful functionality on your IBM i. Discover the strengths...

As a developer you will often be faced with a situation where you may not recall the reason why a particular host form override was created, or why a filter was added that searched for “ABC” and changed it to “XYZ”. This is most true when a project had been completed many months or years ago and you have a bad memory like me, but it even applies to those situations where you may not have been the original developer.

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Topics: Application Modernization, looksoftware

Why IBM i needs OCEAN

Posted by Sol De Leon on Nov 3, 2013 10:10:00 PM

OCEAN User Group is an important advocate for the IBM i community.

This user group located in Southern California, draws attendees from as far north as Ventura and as far south as San Diego. Last month's October meeting drew an unusually large attendance due to fact that Alison Butterill, the IBM i Worldwide Product Offering Manager was speaking. No one was disappointed.

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Topics: IBM i, Mobile, Application Modernization, Alison Butterill, IBM i User Groups

Dr. Strangetech Pt II - Paint Your IBM i Wagon

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Oct 16, 2013 10:30:00 AM

"Beneath the surface of IBM’s No Name City are decades of value in the form of data and well defined business processes..."

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Topics: HTML5, IBM i, Application Modernization

Hidden Gems for IBM i – Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Posted by Francisco Hoya on Oct 13, 2013 11:00:00 PM

RPC is definitely one of the hidden gems on IBM i.  

RPC can easily call IBM i commands, IBM i APIs and IBM i Program objects without any setup of the complexities such as driver installation, or the injection of code into IBM i programs. In order to use RPC you just need to start the RPC server on the IBM i (which is typically started by default) and then call it. It’s simple and powerful and brings IBM i applications to remote devices.

In the following examples I will show you how useful RPC can be with looksoftware products, and hopefully it will provide you with ideas to extend and modernize your own IBM i applications.

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Topics: IBM i, RPG Open Access, Application Modernization, RPC, SQL

Dr. Strangetech Pt I - How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love New Technology

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Oct 9, 2013 8:30:00 PM

Doink! I used to hate that sound. I grew up in the time of wooden baseball bats. The sound of a ball coming off a metal bat would really make me cringe. It didn’t sound like baseball. It sounded like a toy bat.

I still love the sound of a ball coming off a major league wood bat, but now, having played some fairly competitive seasons of softball using metal bats, I have gained an appreciation for that doink. It sounds like victory when my teammates or I am sending a ball deep into the outfield, and it gives me an adrenaline bump signaling a hot grounder or liner coming my way when the other team is batting.

I know that metal bats aren’t exactly in the realm of technology as we IT folks generally think of it, but those metal bats changed the game.

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Topics: Mobile, Application Modernization

The looksoftware SDK

Posted by Vas Mintzikos on Sep 20, 2013 1:18:00 AM

The looksoftware SDK is a packaged solution containing a large selection of samples showcasing commonly used and requested functionality.

These samples can be reused as-is or as starting points for your own projects.

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Topics: Application Modernization, Application Integration, soarchitect, newlook, IDE, SDK, looksoftware

Four keys to effective software evaluations on your IBM i:

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Sep 15, 2013 11:35:00 PM

An effective software evaluation is key to success...

Purchasing software has always been something of a risk, however in today’s climate there is more pressure than ever before to make the right decision.  With a reported 70% of software projects failing to deliver the pre-purchase objectives, it seems easier to make the wrong decision than the right one.  I believe there are a couple of significant reasons behind this failure rate:

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization, Application Integration