In this clip from the Dewhirst Group ShowMe Barcode Case Study, Paul Medforth, IT Manager discusses why they chose ShowMe Barcode to replace the incumbent barcoding systems within their #IBMi enterprise.
For the full video case study, see our ShowMe Barcode page
During August 2020, we broadcast a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on B2B purchasing decisions. You can now watch the recording of this 25 minute broadcast below. During session, we analysed the key points highlighted within the latest B2B eCommerce industry reports and discuss the trends for B2B purchasing, the risks of continuing conventional methodologies and how best to improve business opportunities through an eCommerce strategy dedicated towards your IBM i enterprise.
IBM i 7.1 was launched on April 13th 2010 and is the longest supported release of any IBM i midrange platform in the family history since the birth of AS/400. Before now, IBM i 7.1 had support for 2,929 days, against an average of 1,436 days across 25 releases since June 1988 when the AS/400 was launched. With the proposal that 7.1 will enjoy another support extension, this time of two years, we will have seen an incredible 4,755 days of support.
Here's a chart originally published by IT Jungle that details the release cycle:
Alison Butterill, IBM i office manager said of the proposed extension, "We have a number of clients who have not yet moved for a variety of reasons, some of the reasons for customers staying with IBM i 7.1 are due to applications, some are due to support for peripheral devices they need.”
Utilities 400 are committed to supporting our IBM i customer base on multiple levels of IBM i OS. Indeed, we still will have a partition on our development box that runs on v5.3. So, if you still have a box that's over 15 years old, we still have iterations of our solutions that can support you.
A recent report completed by IDC suggests that modernised IBM i and System Z applications enjoy both a higher satisfaction rating and lower overall costs than migrating off those platforms.
IDC measured the results of modernisation and migration projects by surveying IT leaders at 440 businesses in Australia, India, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States and published the results in their 'Quantified Business Benefits of Modernising IBM Z and IBM i to Spur Innovation'. The report investigated a range of metrics including performance, experience, security, web enablement, agility and more and across ALL metrics, the businesses that modernised their applications scored higher than their migrated counterparts.
The study pointed out that modernising not only reduced risk from replatforming but also improved innovation potential and allowed the business in question to grow faster. The IDC report found that stigma against legacy machines is unfounded and that using the rich information collated by the incumbent systems can be reused and repurposed to great effect.
Indeed, businesses that modernised their IBM i enterprise have done so with a view on improving key areas with the most popular digital transformation initiatives for IBM i businesses including IoT, Analytics and Web enablement.
In conclusion, the study highlighted that there are great opportunities for IBM i businesses to improve their operations through modernisation. Applications from business such as Utilities 400 can help empower business to enact on new technologies WITHOUT the need to migrate.