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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.