It might help to list the tools you can use for development on the IBM i... This is another sign of the times, RPG programmers need to add to their skill set and use them on our platform.
Not just RPG and COBOL, and C and C++, but which GUI tool you want? There's Java, PHP, Python, Ant, and more of course.. All the encryption tools.
(The companies named here are from some years ago, but most probably still use it)
In the day when the AS/400 was still new (yes, AS/400) and I was teaching programming and admin courses for a local college, the crew from Bacardi Rum - USA came through my classes. Their new IT director came in about the same time and wanted to move everything to something else. They all yelled at him, protested (professionally) and finally he relented. Cordis Electronics (medical devices).
Does Microsoft still outsource to a firm running the now IBM i?
At least two or three of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the country are here in South Florida, they use it. A lot of supermarket chains (Sedano's, Navarro Pharmacies, others).
BIG companies use it, LITTLE companies use it.
Little: a one-user system (Don King, yes, the boxing promoter).
Big: The first-biggest and the second-biggest "recycling" utility companies in the USA (the world, maybe?) use it for their core accounting and back office. (Ryder Truck Rentals and Waste Management).
Community hospitals all over the place use software based on it. Thousands of them. Community Health Systems has hundreds. The interactive piece for the software CHS uses is 100% GUI.
Lots of banks, I mean LOTS of them. Many of them custom code, many of them use Jack Henry, Inc. software.
Walgreens, CVS, and others.
My local municipality along with 10s of 1000s of others at least across the country. Steelville, MO (population 1,642 in the 2010 census) or the county Crawford County pop. 24,696). City of Miami Springs, Florida, 14K+, uses it. Miami-Dade County uses it in several departments. ===>Chances are your own county or city, whoever you are, is using IBM i.
Sony International, Chase International (now absorbed into JP Morgan-Chase I think), University of Miami..
Does one of the midrange mags sell a list?
(Dice and Monster have listings but the list for IBM I and RPG is very small compared to others, BUT many of the Java and PHP openings are IBM i)
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Michael Ryan
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Another way is to look at Dice and Monster for job openings. CVS Caremark is advertising today.
On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM, Vernon Hamberg <vhamberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:vhamberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>>wrote:
For starters, you might look at IBM's site for success stories -
whatever they call it these days.
As for one, I think Costco. I saw their screens at their service desk once.
You might also tell them about Watson - IBM i runs on the same
- maybe the most advanced in the industry - ask why they would not
want you working on that.
You might also check out
for more things to bring to the fray.
On 10/16/2013 11:48 PM, Richard Schoen wrote:
Mike,and other things, no ?
From my understanding you're already in a hybrid environment of i,
decision, get the ball rolling a bail out to move on their next gig.
Just curious. Is your upper management young and possibly inexperienced ?
Usually that's what starts these balls rolling. They make a new
I believe FedEx uses I to run their business. Not sure about others.
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subject: Where can I find a list of current IBM i companies?
Yes, another one of these threads... *sigh*
Upper management is saying "The AS/400 has served us well, but it is
IT is fighting this saying that it is more modern than you think, just
that the old green-screen is showing it's age. And budget and time
prevents us from "moderizing" more applications. We are trying to
determine what is truly the problem. Is it the applications? Is it the
interface? Can we not do something?
together just how integrated our entire enterprise is to all of the
You don't need to preach to the choir here on benefits. We are
custom applications we have written over the years on the system. I
thought I could add in one other factor into our arguments. What
companies are using the IBM i and what for? I know we can rattle off
smaller banks and many small to medium-sized companies. But I am looking for "wow they use that?"
Something Upper Management may have heard of. If you can share (onoff list), I will pass along to my boss to pass to Upper Management.
And yes, I know the the AS/400 is really dead... it now called... um....
um.... screw it! It's the IBM Server!
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