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Modernization is a term that is widely used, especially when it comes to legacy software. Here, we break down what modernization is, including software modernization and legacy software modernization on IBM i.
Modernization is adapting something to modern needs.
Modernization is a broad concept. Here's how it applies to software.
Software modernization is adapting a legacy software to a modern programming language, software libraries, protocols, or hardware platforms.
But what about legacy software modernization on IBM i?
Modernization on IBM i means creating new business value from existing data as well as existing applications and business logic.
Modernization can include refactoring, repurposing, or consolidating of legacy software. But modernization should be so much more than that.
Modernization isn't just putting a new/fancy interface on top of existing data and business logic. Modernization on IBM i means achieving two primary goals:
One of the great benefits of modernization in the IBM i space is: expanding secure access to the crown jewels of IBM i — data!
I have had the opportunity to see first-hand the benefits that IBM i customers are gaining with the implementation of PHP on the IBM i platform.
A common goal with these implementations is to continue to leverage the benefits of IBM i and Power Systems — specifically reliability, availability, and security.
In the IBM i space, one doesn’t want to re-host their data or business logic! There is a reason why the business implemented on IBM i. And modernization should not limit or change those implementation benefits or strategies.
PHP on the IBM i platform can, and does, help with both of these modernization goals.
PHP brings to the platform a feature-rich set of language extensions for directly accessing DB2 databases. When embedded in HTML, it provides new interfaces and reach to the data.
But what about the business logic that IBM i shops have spent years developing and maintaining?
With the XML Service provided by IBM and the corresponding open source toolkit provided with PHP, that business logic can be directly invoked by PHP and given a web or API presence.
Modernization with PHP can and does bring direct benefits to the enterprise. Numerous companies have replaced existing solutions, such as ERP solutions, with HTML/PHP-based solutions. It is not unusual for customers that have implemented PHP-based modernization to indicate that they have achieved efficiencies that have directly benefited the bottom line. Again, keep in mind that the structure, hosting, and security of the data does not change!
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Mr. Earley offers more than 20 years of experience developing solutions on the IBM i platform. His expertise includes using PHP, MariaDB, Docker, and Chef for creating modern enterprise solutions that run on IBM i, as well as PowerVC for cloud deployments and virtualization management. Mr. Earley is a frequent speaker at global technology conferences, and he has authored numerous articles on Linux, PHP, virtualization, and systems management.