List of companies migrated from iSeries to some other platform

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Hi all,
Can someone have list of some major companies which migrated from iSeries to any other platform?
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There’s a list of companies on the ALL400s.com web site.  The list is updated each month and has a ‘last confirmed year’ column to show when each company was last known to be using some version of the platform.  Currently there are over 17,000 companies listed with a little over 4,000 having been confirmed for 2015/2016.

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  • pdraebel
    I know of a Company that migrated off iSeries to Unisys Mainframe only to migrate back after 2 years to iSeries and still using i today.
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  • Splat
    Planning to short their stock?
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  • ToddN2000
    Don't know of any that dropped the i-Series completely. Most will add a secondary system to work in conjunction with the i-Series.
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  • Splat
    I've known one or two companies that moved off of the iSeries. 

    I don't think they've ever managed to get things working smoothly.
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  • Ibmmer
    iSeries systems commonly support the infrastructure of enterprise environments. This makes it extremely difficult if not impossible to have a clean break from the iSeries architecture. Mostly because these environments are running their applications on RPG, making the cost of conversion is prohibitive. 
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  • azohawk

    I worked for one company that migrated an application off the iSeries to a network based application that worked so poorly the primary user of the application (payroll) went from working 4 days a week to working 6 and 7 days a week and after 9 months threatened to quit if we didn't go back.

    Another former employer has been moving from iSeries to primarily SAP (not sure what platform) over the past 10 years. Some applications they have are home grown on the iSeries and no alternatives have been found. So the iSeries are still hanging around.

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  • ToddN2000
    I have been an RPG programmer for 30+years. Just moved to the VB .NET world and have been writing web services to interface with the i-Series. The i-Series is still the power workhorse for processing and the security is pretty solid. As mentioned in another post, it would be too costly to convert the entire i-Series code to a new format / platform.
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  • TheRealRaven
    The last application I ran across that was being migrated off was defined as a 6-month project. When I came into the facility, to work on a different project, the migration effort was in its 12th month and had a new estimated finish time of "6 months". I was long gone before then and never heard the final result.

    I have no doubt that many successful migrations have happened. There were many AS/400 (and later) sites that never came close to leveraging anything but the basic facilities, so replacements were (relatively) easily possible. But sites that took advantage of a lot of capabilities couldn't find replacements without piecing together numerous components, each of which had separate requirements.

    Makes for fun discussion, but the question doesn't seem to fit here. Maybe in the 'Discussions' area.
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  • ToddN2000
    @floater1: Thanks for the link on users. I'm not sure if IBM would be too willing to provide the information if companies were jumping ship.
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  • floater1
    @Todd/n2000, You're right of course.  IBM doesn't support the project in any way. A lot of other vendors and organizations do though. Some of the ones who are providing financial assistance for it are Maxava, UCG Technologies, the Large User Group (LUG), Curbstone, Envoy Business Systems, DRV Technologies, Midrange Dynamics, Time Gathering Systems and Sympatico Staffing & Solutions, to name a few.
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  • ALL400s
    The list of companies using an AS400, or one of its descendants, has grown to over 37,000 companies now, with over 10,000 of them having been verified as being on the platform between 2017 and 2019.  The number of people who have visited its Hiring Board has gone over 20,000 too.  Since I own all400s.com I can verify that these numbers are accurate.
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  • ToddN2000
    Another thing that may throw your numbers off is all the new i-series installations as well as companies that have bought older used as/400s and i-series machines. Some of these are no longer supported by IBM but the machines are still popular. You can do a lot more today on an i-series than you could in the s/36 s/38 days. It's tough to beat the processing power ans security features of today's i-series machines.
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