Collaboration includes enhanced PHP RPMs and support services 

Today Seiden Group, specialists in IBM i open source development, announces an exclusive partnership with Chubu System Co., Ltd (CSC) to bring business-ready Community PHP for IBM i to organizations in Japan. Their joint service offering, known as CS^2, includes migration to Community PHP, access to an enhanced, tested repository of PHP RPMs, and technical support.

In December 2019, IBM and Perforce Software released license-free Community PHP as the next generation replacement to Zend Server Basic, which reaches end-of-life in June 2021. Almost immediately, IBM i organizations began requesting help from Seiden Group for Community PHP implementations, special requirements, and support. Since then, Seiden Group has updated and enhanced numerous modules to work with Community PHP, including both commonly used modules such as ibm_db2, SSH2, and LDAP, and specialty modules.

“Our collaboration with CSC began with us enhancing ibm_db2 to support double byte character sets,” explains Alan Seiden, Principal of Seiden Group. “From the beginning, they impressed us with their technical depth and their commitment to helping their customers achieve stable, responsive PHP environments. It’s a pleasure and an honor to work with them to support their customer base.”

According to Yoshiki Ushida, Technical Architect at CSC, Seiden Group’s response times and technical expertise gave CSC confidence in recommending Community PHP to their clients.  

“We quickly realized that Seiden Group was the right team to help us bring this amazing technology to Japan’s IBM i community,” says Ushida. “CS^2 incorporates the only repository that guarantees DBCS compatibility. It’s also the only repository that provides the additional security of signed RPM packages. Through this partnership, the number of secure, supported, DBCS-compatible packages available with CS^2 will continue to increase.”

To learn more about Seiden Group’s work with RPM-based Community PHP and its PHP production support services, call 201-447-2437, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the Seiden Group website.

To learn more about Chubu System Co, Ltd. and CS^2, call 81-054-268-1618, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the CSC website.

About Seiden Group

Seiden Group specializes in the development and support of innovative, reliable software solutions using PHP, Node.js, Python, IBM i, Db2, API and open source technologies. They advise and assist CIOs, IT Directors, and IBM i teams in all phases of modernization and development—from training, to setting up and supporting the ideal development environment, to architecting and coding solutions that people love to use. 

About Chubu System Co., Ltd (CSC)

CSC actively engages in open source development and education for the IBM i community. They serve as secretary of the IBM i Open Source Council and lecture at community events, IBM Next (formerly iSUC), and developer study sessions in Shizuoka. They also share their development expertise by contributing technology articles via the media and technical blogs. CSC helps customers optimize their hybrid development environments, utilizing open technologies such as the CS^2 service, PHP, JavaScript, Node.js, IBM i, DB2, SQL and traditional RPG and CL.

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