IBM i Application Modernization Journey

Going Beyond Keeping The Lights On!

60-Minute sessions

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More Than Just The Status Quo

In today’s changing business landscape, IT Leaders need to do more than just keep the lights on. Digital disruption, an aging workforce and new opportunities for growth are all making IBM i application modernization and digital enablement a necessity. IT Leaders need to be prepared to respond when asked about digital innovation.

The path to modernizing IBM i applications is paved with solutions for web, APIs and cloud as well as agile development processes and an organizational commitment to change. There are many options when it comes to modernizing your homegrown RPG / CA 2E (SYNON) or packaged applications, and making pragmatic decisions and developing the right plan for you is key.

In this three-part series, Fresche and IBM will discuss options, approaches and outcomes when developing your IBM i modernization roadmap.

Each 60-minute session focuses on an area of opportunity, from roadmapping to quick project wins with web development, modernization preparation, cloud adoption and almost everything in between. 

Attendees will be invited to schedule a complementary two-hour IT strategy workshop with Fresche. 

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Developing Your Modernization Plan: What Are Your Options?

IBM i applications have been successfully serving business operations for decades. Modern technologies are enabling new levels of automation, scalability, resiliency and flexibility. In this session, Chris Koppe, and Lisa Vogelman discuss what application modernization is and the various options available to help them realize the full potential of the future while building on the value of their IBM i applications.

In this session, Chris and Lisa will discuss:

  • Several client roadmaps that include incremental modernization strategies and the outcomes achieved at various stages
  • Modernization approaches and automated solutions available
    • Quick wins with UI modernization
    • APIs & integration capabilities
    • Code & DB conversion
    • Architectural & infrastructure options
    • Deployment options including various cloud models

Prepping for Modernization: Focusing on Quick Wins

Breaking Down the Monolith: A Closer Look at Code and Database Transformation


Lisa Vogelman
Global Business Manager, Cloud Solutions for Power Systems

Lisa Vogelman is currently the Global Business Manager, Cloud Solutions for Power Systems, including two strategic offerings for the Power brand: IBM Power Systems Virtual Server and Red Hat Solutions. She is passionate about IBM and the Power brand as she’s seen first-hand the business impact IBMs technology and people can have for clients.


Steve Will
IBM i Chief Architect, IBM

Steve has worked on the IBM i operating system and its predecessors since the initial development of the AS/400. Since 2007, he has been the IBM i Chief Architect, responsible for the strategy of the operating system and the plan for future releases.


Joe Cropper
Chief Architect, Power Systems Hybrid Multicloud Platform, IBM

Joe is a Senior Technical Staff Member within the IBM Power Systems software development organization. In his current role as Chief Architect, Power Systems Hybrid Multicloud Platform, he has worldwide technical responsibility to enable hybrid cloud solutions on IBM Power Systems and drive application modernization initiatives with clients.


Chris Koppe
VP, Strategic Transformation, Fresche Solutions

Since joining Fresche in 1988, Chris has helped hundreds of companies develop and execute successful application management and modernization strategies across a variety of platforms, languages, databases, and technologies.


Ray Everhart
Senior Product Manager (X-Analysis), Fresche Solutions

For over 30 years, Ray has helped companies understand, develop and manage their RPG, COBOL and CA 2E application environments. He also specializes in helping clients enhance and modernize their systems to meet evolving business demands and take advantage of digital transformation opportunities.


Robert Arce
Robert Arce
IT Strategist, Fresche Solutions

Robert Arce is an IT Strategist and a subject matter expert in the IBM i system, assisting companies all over the world with their modernization projects. He is an expert in Fresche's IBM i Application Analysis and Management Suite, X-Analysis.