ERP Solutions – Popular and Optimized on IBM i
Did you know that the biggest business applications in the world are available and optimized on IBM i? For example, IBM i customers can choose from SAP's NetWeaver and Business Suite, Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne & World, Lawson's M3 ERP Enterprise & S3 Financial Management, and Infor's XA & ERP/LX.
Merging a new set of ERP applications into your business is a significant task in itself, so it is a great time to look at our logo - the i is for business. Keeping your tried and true IBM i infrastructure a constant will make the task of implementing one of the larger scale ERP solutions easier because you'll focus all of your company's energy on merging the application into the business instead of piecing together a new platform infrastructure and hiring additional people to run it.
The IBM i advantages that you expect still apply with large ERP solutions. Subsystems and PowerVM can easily separate and prioritize workloads, or allow you to share your IBM i system between your legacy application and a new ERP solution during the new implementation. The integrated DB2 database is still just as simple and easy to use as it is with your current applications.
Since many of the ISV solutions are available on multiple OS and DB platforms, it is important to the IBM team make sure they are not just available on i, but that they are optimized for IBM i. The Rochester development lab has been working closely with these large ISVs for quite some time, starting back in 1994 when we formed a team to work with SAP to bring their R/3 product to IBM i. Over time, this IBM team has also built relationships with JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, SSA, Intentia, Oracle, Lawson and Infor.
Sharing future technical directions with each other is one aspect of these partnerships. The ISVs each have features that they would like to see in upcoming IBM i releases - from SQL to TCP/IP and IFS and everything in between. In turn, IBM shares our upcoming plans so that the ISVs can prepare to take advantage of new technologies like IBM Technology for Java (J9) JVM, PowerHA, IASPs, SSD and DB2 field encryption/masking.
However, working together to optimize the ISV experience on IBM i doesn't just stop at functions and features. Benchmarks for marketing purposes help us find and solve scaling issues in both IBM i and the ISV applications. Testing between IBM and ISVs of new technologies often result in technical papers describing the new solutions. When it may be less clear whether the root of a problem lies with IBM or the ISV, our relationships make it easier to work together to solve the issue. There are also IBMers who work directly with IBM i customers as ISV consultants out of the IBM Lab Services organization, and can provide ISV-specific training to your existing IBM i staff or can help get you started with an ISV project.
So when your company is thinking of using a large ISV solution, remember the work our team puts into carrying our integrated value proposition to these solutions. Rather than put an ERP application on another platform, where you will probably devote more time, money and people to the solution, think about the option of putting the solution on IBM i. This will allow you to focus on integrating the application into your business knowing that your IBM i infrastructure is up to the task.
And one final note, if you are an IBM i client who uses SAP, be sure to follow @SAPonIBMi. Its owner, Ron Schmerbauch, is on the ISV team I mentioned above. He and his teammates helped me extensively with this post, and they help clients all over the world with their ERP solutions.
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