What to do about legacy applications? Modernize or migrate? Doing nothing really isn't an option.
Written by Steve Pitcher
I didn't want to write a part 2 of "Finding the New Breed of RPG Programmers." Think of this as an addendum. I say this because I'm not much of a developer. When I talk about development, it's at more of a strategic level. I won't comment on what tool to use versus another tool with regard to programming techniques because I just don't live in that world anymore, and my ignorance will show. When talking about development, my role is essentially to put the right resources on the required tasks and try to make it all work on time and on budget. I get to have the good-spirited (mostly) arguments with business unit directors and massage the user expectations. In the end, I'm an administrator at heart. I like making things go by loading/configuring, not coding, the former takes much less time and satisfies my short attention span.
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Application modernization on the IBM i remains a moving target for nearly everyone. That's probably because it's actually become a code phrase for many different approaches. Webfacing or refacing is the most common.
Written by John Ghrist
"Application modernization" as a term has been floating around the IBM i market long enough that it should be old hat by now, except it isn't. It's even still a buzzword…although perhaps "buzz phrase" would be a better characterization. In both the past and present it means modifications referred to in as varied ways as screen-scraping, refacing, re-engineering, and now, being capable of mobile-device access.
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