It’s no secret that there’s a shortage of IBM i administrators. The platform is a staple in today’s enterprises, yet colleges and universities no longer offer classes on IBM i systems administration. At the same time, experienced IBM i system administrators are rapidly approaching retirement age, with no one coming up through the ranks to fill their shoes.
That reality has IT and business leaders worried. Moreover, the thought of migrating applications (many of which are still green screen) to a newer platform is daunting, to say the least. The reliability of current systems is the primary concern, not to mention the ability to cover security and compliance obligations.
Four Ways to Address the IBM i Skills Gap
If you’re having a problem filling open IBM i system admin roles in your organization, you have several options:
- Migrate to a new platform
- Migrate your IBM i-Series applications to a private, hosted IBM i cloud
- Engage am MSP to manage your IBM i environment remotely
- Do more with less
Migrating to a New Platform
If the IBM i platform is working for you, you can cross number one off the list right now. While you might want to prioritize upgrading applications, as far as we’re concerned, there really isn’t a need to fix something that isn’t broken.
Number two and three are more palatable options, especially for those organizations that would rather focus on their core business than managing infrastructure.
Migrating to a Private Hosted IBM i Cloud
Host your IBM i-Series applications on IBM i hardware in one of Connectria’s SSAE 18 SOC 2 certified data centers. This will help manage your systems for performance and security & compliance. This can also help you handle vital elements such as backups and disaster recovery.
Engage an MSP
You can leave your IBM i infrastructure right where it is and engage a managed service provider, like Connectria, to monitor and manage your IBM i systems remotely. We have a number of customers who have chosen options two and three, including Red Gold, Milwaukee Electric Tool, and Dometic.
Do More with Less
This one is really about better visibility, process control, and automation, and that’s where a Cloud Management Platform (CMP) comes in. Ultimately, a CMP can give you visibility across all of your cloud environments (including AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.) to manage:
- Resource utilization
- Optimize costs
- Control security
- Manage compliance
- Enforce adherence to best practices
- Leverage automation and self-healing
All so you can increase the focus and productivity of your existing IBM i system administrators.
Are you ready to have a one-on-one discussion about your IBM infrastructure challenges? Reach out to us. One of our IBM system engineers would be happy to discuss your options with you and help lay out a plan for success and stability.