The responsibilities of any Chief Information Officer are far-reaching, from maintaining product and service continuity to extracting
the highest value from one’s current system portfolio, to being forward-facing and ready for change. And in the case of managing
a legacy system, the unique challenge of working between the lines of extensibility and cost-to-maintain adds additional layers of
complexity to the task. Add to that the sudden rise in remote work due to COVID-19 and other transformations in the workforce,
the CIO of any legacy system has their hands full.
With the right strategy however, managing an IBM i system can offer excellent opportunities–opportunities that allow you to make
the most of the current value of your system while modernizing your investments and securing a competitive position in the new
The risks of running a legacy system out of step with industry standard languages and open-source compatibility are too high.
Modernization, however, can bring your codebase into the present. ARCAD has an array of tools at the ready. Transformer RPG
and Transformer Synon takes heritage code and automatically compiles it into RPG-Free format code, a modern language easily
readable by developers. Transformer DB likewise can take care of your database, converting DDS files into a modern SQL
format. Developers often take up to 50% of their time just trying to understand the system they’re working with before making a
code change. These improvements alone will make a positive impact on developer productivity, as well as your ability to acquire
new development resources.
But that’s just the beginning. ARCAD’s Modernization for IBM i suite offers a wide variety of specialized tooling, adaptable to any
layer of your application. We focus on automation, developer ease-of-use, parallel workflows so as not to keep the modernization
process from impacting day-to-day business, and guaranteed non-regression. Our modernization suite also extends your system
to be web and cloud-based architecture compatible.
It has been found that total replacement of legacy systems is actually costlier than modernization. ARCAD’s modernization
technologies allow you to retain the value in your current system while adding new capabilities. With this strategy you can ensure
that your codebase is ready to meet the needs of your developers and the demands of your customers today, tomorrow, and into