First, thanks to Vern for pointing out that OPNQRYF, WRKQRY, and RUNQRY use
the SQE - beginning with IBM i 7.2.
Regarding John E's point about "risk", I think we should distinguish
between risk exposure to the IT department vs. risk to the business.
IBM i mitigates the risk to the business initially by continuing faithfully
to support obsolete code structure, syntax, and style. But the risk to the
IT department is high in that the code base may not allow them to adapt
easily to new requirements, which ultimately exposes the business to risk.
When the business senses exposure to risk, the risk to its programmers
skyrockets, as the business begins to consider vendor packages and IT
outsourcing as alternatives.
I'd like to return to the idea of justifying application modernization
based on value propositions. To me, value propositions are best expressed
in terms of cost savings, productivity gains, new revenues or expansion of
services to more customers (users), and providing infrastructure that
facilitates those objectives.
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