Companies, and businesses in general, are no different than the rest of the modern world. When it comes to technology, they are constantly forced to update both their hardware and software to stay relevant. Thankfully, there are methods that these businesses can use to integrate their older systems with the newer software designs.
Informally known as the as400 iseries, the IBM iSseries is largely a server design for moderately sized business use. While this technology can be used fairly well in distributed networks, it can be found most prevalently used by different departments in enterprises. A few of the more technical components that it brings to the table is the reduced instruction set computer technology integrated into the microprocessor, virtual Java memory, and a massive disk storage that pairs well with the OS/400 operating system. Unfortunately, applications designed with the IBM iSeries may not be able to provide all the modern conveniences that customers have come to expect. That is where SAP steps in.
SAP: Modern System Application
SAP, or Systems Applications and Products, is a system designed by former IBM employees. This system was built upon the idea of giving customers that ability to directly interact with the company’s database. These applications are generally molded around current programming techniques that weren’t utilized in the creation of IBM I, otherwise known as AS/400. As such, businesses that want to use both forms of application systems at the same time need to find a way to make them work together.
Combining the Two
Fortunately, there are systems in place to assist businesses in properly integrating SAP (Systems Application and Products) with their current IBM iSeries applications. Companies, like Infinite Corporation, will assist other businesses in bringing the two application systems together to work in seamless tandem with each other. Some companies will do this by converting the code in the applications to work specifically for the desired system design. This means that an application that was previously coded to work with IBM would be entirely reworked to run on the SAP systems, and vice versa. However, there are also methods that can be used to allow SAP applications to work on IBM iSeries without having to change the integral programming of the application.
All in all, the two different application systems give the business an opportunity to interface directly with the customer. The integration of each system in this process depends entirely upon what the business currently has in place, and what the applications are intended to do. By being able to use both seamlessly, companies can offer a much wider range of applications for database use!