What’s the future of AS/400?

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Hi guys, I've been working in AS/400 for the past 5 years in a company in India and I wanted to switch my company but when I looked into the market, there are very few openings in this technology. I'm uncertain and worried about my future in this technology. Can anyone guide me about any other technology where I can switch into or what is the future of AS/400? Thanks.

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Definitely, AS400 is not going out but yes, its a fact that few companies do work in it. Most of the banks and insurance companies do have AS400 servers. Opportunities in India is less, if you search in Bangalore and Chennai location, you can get better opportunities.

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  • aceofdelts

    It's a reliable box with a great operating system and very efficient for programming. It has a loyal fan base and is often named as the best overall value (mainly due to cost of ownership).

    On the downside, not many new installations since IBM fails to do much marketing. Sites regularly move off of the 400 - usually because the decision makers are not computer people.

    So the future is risky. If you have to ask then you are not (yet) part of that loyal fan base.

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  • jinteik
    i totally agree with aceofdelts, i work on it for more than 7 years and it is one of the most reliable boxes i seen so far. i know not many people uses it and its niche in the market but i believe if you are good enough you will still be able to market your self
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  • Luvi07
    Thanks aceofdelts and jinteik for your valuable comments, though i also like working on it but was afraid of my future and the reason behind this was not getting enough responses when i came to market for job change. Can you suggest any technology which i can learn and will be add on to my resume and help me to get a good job while being in AS400? Thanks
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  • CharlieBrowne
    My advise is to stay on the box and just pick up skills that can be used on other platforms. SQL, JAVA, etc
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  • Luvi07
    Thanks Charlie, recently i have started reading core java and SQl
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  • Luvi07
    Yes but the problem with me is i am working in a manufacturing domain and companies who works for banking domain does not entertain me saying that you does not have knowledge of our domain :(
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  • aceofdelts
    That's normal for employers to want experience in their industry. The good news is that AS/400 is popular in manufacturing. Not so much in banking.
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  • excellentrandy
    Try to apply in some insurance and banking company out there. Then, if your expertise is really in as400 try to work with RPG programming. You'll encounter there some programming languages such as C, Java and COBOL and PHP. This may be your training ground for better opportunity in programming. 
    Anyways, AS400 will not be out this soon. That's for sure. Try also AIX and LINUX. You'll have brighter future on it. 
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