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  • 17th November 2023

Resourcing your IBM i into the future

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Resourcing your IBM i into the future

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Managing Your IBM i with a Limited Pool of Resources?

As we approach 2024, finding a new IBM i development and support partner is becoming increasingly critical for businesses that wish to mitigate the risks of having a limited pool of in-house IBM i resources.

For many businesses relying on IBM i systems, the need for specialised expertise has never been greater.

IBM i, formerly known as AS/400 or iSeries, has been a cornerstone of many organisations’ IT operations for decades. However, the challenges of maintaining and developing these systems are growing.

Here are some key reasons why seeking external support for IBM i in 2024 is essential for business success:

Scarce In-House Expertise

The workforce that has extensive experience with IBM i systems is ageing, and many of these experts are retiring. Finding replacements with the necessary skills and knowledge can be challenging and expensive. By partnering with an IBM i development and support specialist, businesses can tap into a broader talent pool.

Avoiding Knowledge Gaps

Relying solely on a limited in-house team can lead to knowledge gaps and dependency on a few individuals. If key personnel leave, it can disrupt operations and result in costly downtime. A dedicated IBM i partner can provide consistent development and support services alongside your existing teams – helping to spread knowledge of your systems.

Continuous Innovation

Technology is evolving at an ever-increasing pace.

The IBM i is no different.

Partnering with an experienced IBM i service provider gives your business opportunities to explore new technological advancements with the IBM i.

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Risk Mitigation

In-house teams may struggle to handle complex issues and unexpected crises, potentially jeopardising business continuity. Partnering with an IBM i expert provides a safety net, reducing risks and ensuring that problems are addressed promptly.


Outsourcing IBM i development and support can often be more cost-effective than hiring and training new in-house team members. It eliminates the need to invest in extensive training and reduces the overhead associated with maintaining an in-house IT department.


External IBM i partners can adjust their level of support based on your business’s needs. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for companies with fluctuating demands or those looking to expand their operations.

Focusing on Core Competencies

By entrusting IBM i development and support to specialists, your in-house IT team can concentrate on core business operations and strategic initiatives, improving overall efficiency.

How Can KFA Connect Help?

We have extensive experience in IBM i integrations with numerous systems, including Magento and Shopify eCommerce.

In addition to our expertise in IBM i, KFA’s consultants also bring a wealth of knowledge in other areas of technology.

We help businesses access the opportunities that web, and software development offer, and will provide guidance on how to utilise these in the most effective way.

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Let our Team of IBM i experts suggest solutions for existing issues, discuss any existing project requirements or help plan new projects with FREE 90-Minute consultancy sessions.*
We are giving your business access to our team of experts who will be able to assist you with new ideas for your IBM i application, migration from the IBM iIBM i integration or improvements to the day-to-day operational running of your system.

Acknowledging that every business has very unique needs, we propose the first session will be one of discovery where we will discuss your needs in detail. Once we have these details we will identify the best member(s) of the team to attend the second session where we will be able to discuss in greater detail.

The intended outcome of the two sessions is to present you with solutions that will enable your business to grow and thrive in the digital age, ensuring full leverage of the IBM i to drive business growth and success.  

*Free consulting sessions are subject to availability and the offer is valid for sessions booked and held on or before 29/02/2024.

Sessions can be used to discuss current code, databases, and application interfaces and scope potential projects but do not include implementing any system changes. 

If your intention is to migrate from the IBM i we will also be able to offer the free consultancy services to assist you with the process.

KFA Connect will provide a written quotation on request for any requirements identified during the sessions that you would like us to deliver. There is no obligation to engage in the services of KFA Connect beyond the free consultancy sessions. 

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