Your IBM® i applications run your business, but they’re probably written in RPG or COBOL—languages that aren't taught in most computer science programs and are likely unfamiliar to the web and mobile developers you’re hiring today. And if you're like other IBM i shops, your experienced IBM i developers are likely approaching retirement age (if they aren't there already).
You still need to embed functionality from these older applications in your new web and mobile apps. How can you give your new developers the tools and capabilities they need to meet the expectations of today's users, while still preserving your IBM i investment?
Give any developer access to application data and logic
Your customers expect fresh, modern digital and mobile experiences. But replacing proven systems with Windows or Linux systems can be expensive, risky, and drive up operating costs 3x or more. Rocket® API helps you unlock the valuable information that’s stored in your host applications for use virtually anywhere, including cloud, mobile, self-service applications, and more. By wrapping application and data and logic in APIs, even your most junior developer can create new web and mobile experiences based on your IBM i applications—without requiring risky modifications to the underlying source code.
Rocket API helps you turn your IBM i system into a modern API-enabled platform utilizing SOAP or RESTful services, making it easy to integrate core business functionality into web or mobile experiences. Built-in intelligence ensures that codebase changes don't break the connection between your APIs and the applications that call them, letting you modernize without the time, expense, or risk normally associated with rip-and-replace efforts. Rocket API fits into any current application infrastructure using a no-code/low-code model—eliminating the need to write new application code.
Revitalize green-screen interfaces quickly and easily
Rocket® LegaSuite® Web lets you web-enable critical back-end applications so your users can access them from web browsers and mobile devices. LegaSuite Web makes web development fast and easy for both new and experienced developers, with drag-and-drop tools and runtime components that extend and repurpose any IBM i application as a user-friendly, HTML5 web application. Unlike other solutions, LegaSuite lets you leverage existing development without having to install or modify code. It also automatically extracts and synchronizes all screens of a legacy application with any modernized user interface, ensuring consistent and coordinated change management at all ends of the organization.
Wrap business logic and data in APIs to keep them safe
Rocket API not only makes it possible for new developers to work with your IBM i business logic and data, it also protects that logic and data from accidental loss or damage. By making them available as APIs, they are effectively "locked away" and protected from inadvertent changes due to human error. With Rocket API, you remove the risk that can arise when well-meaning but inexperienced web and mobile developers attempt to work with code written in RPG or COBOL. Your developers get the ease of access they need, and your code stays safe. That's a win-win situation.
Application Modernization Solution Matrix
Every application modernization project is different, presenting different requirements that can call for different approaches to solving them. However you choose to deliver your modernization project, we have you covered with solutions that enable you to bring your trusted core business applications into the twenty-first century.
Rocket® LegaSuite Web helps you turn green-screen application interfaces into responsive web UIs and workflows using simple drag-and-drop tools, while Rocket® API enables you to make core application functions available via RESTful APIs for access via virtually any other programming language and application.