Many CIOs and IT professionals, while appreciating what the IBM i platform does for their organizations, have a slight inferiority complex about the platform, believing that the issues of deferred maintenance and skill replacement are unique to us. They aren't. Any long-lived platform brings similar challenges, to be met head-on with confidence. The grass isn't really greener elsewhere. At this session, you will learn how to talk about the challenges of long-lived systems in a way that that business people can understand, how to create a plan for moving forward with IBM i modernization (or we might say, more precisely, "paying down technical debt"), if appropriate for your business, and to gain support for doing so.
As an IBM Champion and founder of Seiden Group, Alan Seiden and his team mentor CIOs and IBM i development teams on projects that involve integrations or high-performance web and mobile applications using IBM i data and business logic. He co-developed the PHP Toolkit with IBM, was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers, and a charter member of IBM/COMMON’s PHP Advisory Board. An award-winning speaker, Alan has been called “the performance guru of PHP on IBM i.” Alan’s passion for the IBM i community inspires him to host the CIO Summit twice per year and mentor talented younger developers within the Club Seiden forum.
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