The IBM System i Tools Innovation program is part of the IBM System i Initiative for Innovation program introduced in early 2005. There are over 125 independent software vendors (ISVs) that are members of this program. These ISVs have tools available to help other ISVs and clients with some aspect of enhancing, modernizing, and integrating existing System i applications.
This IBM Redpaper focuses on a subset of the ISVs that have tools to help modernize or integrate System i applications. The ISV tools identified in this paper have been certified as IBM ServerProven, meaning they are available today and they have been successfully installed at client accounts. The System i Developer Roadmap, associated with the System i Tools Innovation program, identifies the modernization steps and relies on tools from IBM and ISVs that focus on System i application modernization and integration. The ISVs referenced in this Redpaper are all members of the System i Tools Innovation program.
The System i Developer Roadmap has five high level steps:
- Improve your productivity
- Enhance the end-user experience
- Create a modular architecture
- Integrate applications
- Integrate business processes
This Redpaper is an ideal resource guide that provides a brief description of the IBM and ISV tools associated with the selected steps and subcategories in the roadmap. The paper aids System i developers searching for and evaluating the IBM and ISV tools available. Links are provided to the appropriate IBM tool and ISV tool Web sites.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introducing the IBM System i and i5/OS V5R4
Chapter 2. Introducing IBM System i Initiative for Innovation
Chapter 3. IBM ServerProven tools for application modernization and integration
Chapter 4. IBM tools for application modernization and integration
Chapter 5. Integrating System i with Microsoft .NET
Chapter 6. Leveraging System i and xSeries integration to deploy Windows 2003 applications
Chapter 7. System i integration using SOA and Web services