ASNA White Paper
The Decade of Crisis for the IBM i and RPG
Can your business survive when your RPG programmers retire?
Your business depends on your core RPG applications. Most RPG programmers retire within the next decade. Will you be ready? The clock is ticking.
This nine-part ASNA white paper discusses the issues surrounding persisting your business when your IBM RPG programming team retires.
Growing Concern for the Future of RPG Applications
Your ability to persist your RPG applications into the future is at risk. This site helps you understand the issues and create a plan that keeps your business running.
This Is the IBM i RPG Decade of Crisis
By 2030 the typical RPG programmer will be at least 80 years old. The loss of RPG programmers to maintain and enhance IBM RPG applications puts many businesses at great risk.
Avoid your IBM i RPG Crisis
ASNA is in its fourth decade as a market leader and innovator for IBM midrange systems. Our IBM i migration suites provide the perfect way for you to avoid your IBM i/RPG decade of crisis.
An IBM RPG/Midrange Products Timeline
To fully appreciate the dilemma facing IBM i decision makers today, it helps to have an overview of the history of IBM’s RPG computer language and its midrange hardware. You might be surprised to learn that IBM’s midrange RPG platform has roots back to the late 50s.
Can You Trust Your IBM i RPG Team to Provide Valuable Advice
You need reliable and solid input about your IBM i RPG application to make effective decisions about it. Unfortunately, those who know the most about the application can’t always be counted on to provide you with the most critical, effective input.
Striving for IBM i Programming Team Harmony
Any decision you make about the future of your IBM i’s RPG application requires the willful cooperation and help of both your RPG and PC programming teams. Start now integrating these teams to lay the groundwork for cooperation and support.
Rewriting IBM i RPG software is almost always a bad idea
As you consider options for replacing your IBM i RPG software, rewriting that RPG application is an obvious alternative. We urge you to give this option very serious consideration before you jump into it.
IBM Is Little Help With IBM i Application Modernization
IBM is doing a great job with new technologies to persist the IBM i. Alas, it isn’t doing much to persist existing RPG applications into the future. IBM leaves it to you to ensure that your RPG applications, and your business, can persist without RPG programmers.
It’s Your Move
Making decisions about your mission critical RPG applications is exceedingly challenging. Those who commit to making these decisions before crisis-mode sets in will be far better off than those who wait until the last minute.