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 a Managed Service Provider like Connectria to manage your IBM i environment remotely.
- Do more with less.
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.
Host your IBM i-Series applications on IBM i hardware in one of our 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.
You can leave your IBM i infrastructure right where it is and engage us 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.
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.
To learn more, I invite you to attend the webinar we recently co-sponsored with IBM Systems Magazine: The Benefits of a Cloud Management Platform. In this webinar, we talk about how the TRiA Cloud Management Platform can give you better control over your IBM i infrastructure with fewer resources.
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 layout a plan.