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Expands service offerings for Node.js, Git & open source on IBM i

Seiden Group, specialists in IBM i open source and API-based application development and training, today announces that IBM Champion Liam Allan has joined their organization. As an active leader in the IBM i open source community, Allan will provide Seiden Group clients with development and training services involving Node.js, Git, RPG, and emerging open source technologies.

Demand for open source development and training services within the IBM i community has been growing, fueled most recently by IBM’s 2018 introduction of Yum for IBM i, which greatly simplifies the installation and maintenance of open source software.

“We’ve entered a new era for open source on IBM i,” says Alan Seiden, founder of Seiden Group. “IBM has made open source technologies more accessible to developers, removing the barriers to getting started. Businesses are committing to open source languages and tools as an essential component of their technology stacks, building a firm foundation for future development. They’re now seeking the expertise they need to move it forward.

“It’s been clear since I first met Liam that his skills with RPG and open source would help transform the IBM i community. He processes information exceptionally quickly, yet he can effectively explain solutions to others — a rare combination.”

Allan’s enthusiasm for IBM i and open source inspires others to embrace new development techniques. “The most important thing to me is that businesses know the open-source technologies they have available to them and how to best apply it to their projects. Working with Seiden Group will give me broader outreach in helping businesses achieve their goals.”

Michael Privett, Director of IT at Southeastern Paper Group, attests to Allan’s ability to teach and inspire. “Liam is great!” he reported after a 3-day training engagement with Allan. “He’s smart as a whip and a very impressive consultant who performs well beyond his years. My team is staying engaged. I see excitement. Good call to have hired someone with his abilities!”

Allan and Seiden first met in 2015 when, as a new developer, Allan joined the Club Seiden open source community. He quickly earned high standing among the IBM i development community. In early 2016, COMMON named him recipient of the Student Innovation Award, and he found himself on the speaking circuit with audiences eager to learn his techniques for integrating open source with RPG. IBM further honored his work by naming him a Fresh Face of IBM i and, soon after, an IBM Champion.  

Allan co-hosts the IBM Bi-Weekly, a twice per month technical podcast; works on open source projects such as ILEditor, a free IDE for IBM i developers, and barryCI, a build server for ILE applications on IBM i, from his Works of Barry GitHub repository; and speaks at IBM i user groups and conferences around the world.

“In just a few years, Liam has accomplished more than many people achieve in their entire careers,” says Seiden. “We’re delighted to be working with him on an official basis.”

“I am very happy to be working in an environment that encourages professional growth among both clients and employees,” says Allan. “There’s always something new and exciting around the next corner.”

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