The System i has a long history of providing full functional innovative application solutions. These solutions have been written in a variety of languages using a variety of technologies. As more technologies become available, it becomes increasingly important to update the applications to exploit them and incorporate them into existing solutions.
This is true whether the technology is a Graphical User Interface, a User Interface for a Personal Digital Assistance (PDAs) or the inclusion of components for extending solutions using new Web technologies and whatever the future holds. These expansions into new technologies can help a company change and respond to the needs of the business; in fact, evolving into an on demand business.
Application innovation is an investment journey that takes existing business applications and integrates them with the pervasiveness and open architecture of modern technologies like Service oriented Architecture (SOA). It is the integration with these technologies that allows for almost unlimited possibilities for developing new business value. To help guide System i customers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) on this journey, IBM provides the System i Developer Road Atlas; a set of discrete, achievable steps that accelerates the skills of your developers and extends the capabilities of your applications, helping you generate new revenue and save money; while mitigating risk.
The System i Developer Road Atlas illustrates all the possibilities for development activities; including modernization, new development and the inclusion of components which have already been created. The Road Atlas shows key activities required for developers from seemingly diverse backgrounds as RPG, Java and PHP to integrate components together creating on demand applications.
Your application strategy can be enabled by following the steps outlined in the System i Developer Road Atlas. This initiative includes products and tools available from IBM and from the System i Tools Innovation Program.
Let your System i platform do more for your business! Start your journey down the path of innovation by exploring the steps of the System i Developer Road Atlas.