Market climate for AS/400 administration career

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HI Janny ,
As/400 for admin have very less oppening . & it’s old Technology why you not try for websphere.

Old technology? That is a big myth that pervades in the System i world, from those who really don’t know the platform and its capabilities, and who are still using an obsolete name. They’re judging it by the older applications they see running on it But that is not an accurate assessment.

It is for this reason that the growth in the market is not as strong as it once was. Perception has become reality to many people who are then willing to trade away one of the most reliable and powerful server architectures in the industry to go along with what supposedly everyone else is doing, just because they think everyone else is doing it.

It’s important to keep up with the latest advancements and incorporate them into application design, in order to avoid becoming comfortable and complacent. It is that too, which has led to the outdated perception of the System i (or IBM i) as being legacy technology. Far from it.


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  • Ibmmer This is a link that lists training that is available and certification requirements for most any part of a System i as well as other IBM hardware and software and even some related technology training paths. I find Cisco training and certifications has been particularly useful in my career. IBM's is defiantly not antiquated technology, it should actually be considered cutting edge. The Fastest Machine in the world is The IBM roadrunner- the predecessor also IBM(the Blue Gene in Livermore) It comes with a slue of server features that can and does literally consume an entire Windows Server Farm into one or two machines. They rarely make trouble and are known for rock solid reliability and grade A support. Competition for the position is what would worry me. As any administrator applying for the position will have some level of field experience. I remember when I applied to a position as an grave yard operator at a Casino. I was hired because of my previous AS/400 work at a dairy foods distribution company. Good Luck on your interview!
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