IBM i technical resources roadmap
A roadmap of resources to help you learn, develop, and connect to the IBM i community
There’s an abundance of technical information about IBM i available and it can be a bit overwhelming for new and seasoned users alike. The purpose of this roadmap, which was pulled together by IBM i subject matter experts, is to help users who want to learn about IBM i but don’t know where to start.
To make it even easier to find what you’re looking for, we’ve organized the resources into these three categories:
Develop on IBM i
Links to the tools, services, trials, and downloads you need for developing on and managing IBM i.
IBM i Technology Updates
Centralized list of all enhancements for IBM i.
Tools and services
IBM Lab Services
Provides proven consulting in installation, migration, porting, application architecture and development, performance tuning, and hands-on skills transfer.
IBM Systems Workload Estimator
Tool to size a new system, to size an upgrade to an existing system, or to size a consolidation of several systems.
IBM System Planning Tool for POWER processor-based systems
System planning, design, validation and provides a system validation report that reflects the user’s system requirements while not exceeding system recommendations.
IBM Systems Energy Estimator
Estimate typical power requirements (watts) for a specific system configuration under normal operating conditions.
IBM Performance Management for Power Systems
Provides critical resource and performance information about the current and long-term utilization trends – from a total system view to an individual logical partition view.
IBM Electronic Service Agent
A monitoring tool that proactively reports hardware events as soon as they are detected.
IBM Power Development Cloud
Remotely access IBM Power Systems for Development, Porting and Functional testing.
Trials and downloads
IBM Rational Developer for i
Download IBM Rational Developer for i for an evaluation period of 60 days (120 days if installing with the latest fixpack).
Open Source RPG User Interface
Free, open source and light weight framework for RPG developers on the IBM i to use for building modern looking applications.
Learn about IBM i
Start here to get up to speed on working with IBM i.
IBM i technical library
List of articles and tutorials written by IBM i subject matter experts.
IBM i 7.3 product documentation
IBM Knowledge Center information about how to install, maintain, and use the latest version of IBM i.
Guide to IBM i PTFs
Learn about the various methods for downloading or ordering program temporary fixes (PTFs) to help you find the best method for you.
IBM i Support: Recommended fixes
Get the latest fix information directly from the IBM i Support Center without a telephone call. Locate the fix for a specific problem or obtain the latest fixes.
IBM Redbooks and Redpapers
IBM i Redbooks
Filtered list of IBM Redbooks about working with IBM i.
Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV? Modern RPG for the Modern Programmer
Focused on helping the IBM i development community understand the modern RPG language.
Tools and Solutions for Modernizing Your IBM i Applications
Describes independent software vendor (ISV) and Business Partner tools that can be used to modernize your IBM i applications.
IBM DB2 Web Query for i Tutorials
Provides a broad understanding of what can be done with the DB2 Web Query product.
IBM i Support
MustGather: Master Document List for Database
Includes a collection of all Database MustGather documents.
Speeding Up the Access Path Rebuild Operation
Describes various methods to reduce the amount of time taken to rebuild access paths.
Customer Use of SSD (Solid State Drives)
Explains how to work with Solid State Drives.
SQE full dbop trace
Learn how to collect a full DBOP trace.
Recovering Records from Damaged Files
Describes how to copy good records out of a damaged file.
Describes what RGZPFM does and offers some suggestions for running it.
RGZPFM – Basics on Reorganize While Active
Provides basic information on RGZPFM’s Reorganize While Active.
RGZPFM Frequently Asked Questions
Addresses frequently asked questions regarding using the RGZPFM command.
Questions, Answers, and Tips on RGZPFM – Improving Its Performance
Provides questions, answers, and tips on RGZPFM.
Viewing Status of RGZPFM through IBM i Navigator (iNav)
Explains how to find out the status of a RGZPFM (reorg).
IBM i upgrade resources
Learn to plan future solutions as you enhance, upgrade or replace your servers with new operating system releases and/or hardware offerings.
IBM i 7.2 memo to users
Helps you to prepare for changes on your current system and to use the IBM i 7.2 release.
IBM i 7.3 memo to users
Helps you to prepare for changes on your current system and to use the IBM i 7.3 release.
IBM i technical white papers
IBM Power Systems Performance Capabilities Reference
Reference guide on performance, capacity planning information, and tips to obtain optimal performance on IBM i operating system.
DB2 for i 7.3 Overview
A short summary of v7.3 enhancements in DB2 for i with links to additional detailed information.
IBM i Performance FAQ
Provides a basic understanding of IBM i on Power Systems performance concepts, workloads and benchmarks on Power Systems.
Connect with the IBM i community
Collaborate with other IBM i users. Join the community, share your expertise, and get support from the experts.
Communities and user groups
IBM i community
A collaborative environment for sharing technical information related to IBM i.
IBM i Open Source Aggregation
Community for aggregating all things IBM i Open Source so users can easily find what is going on.
Community created knowledge base for all things IBM i.
Discussion of the RPG language.
IBM i – General
Forum for the interchange of information related to all IBM i topics.
IBM i: Backup/Recovery
Foru, for IBM i & System i questions related to backup and recovery.
IBM i: Firmware
Forum for IBM i & System i questions related to firmware.
IBM i: Access for Linux
Forum for discussing the various commands (ibm5250, setup5250, cwbrunsql, rmtcmd, rmtodbc, cwbping, cwbcopwr, cwbtrc, cwbnltbl, cwbmedic), programming interfaces (ODBC, EDRS, Remote Command, etc.) and features of Access for Linux.
DB2 Web Query for IBM i
Forum for technical discussion on the DB2 Web Query for IBM i product.
IBM i: Logical Partitioning (LPAR)
Forum provides a place for uestions related to Logical Partitioning on IBM i.
lists.midrange.com Mailing Lists
Listing of all the public mailing lists on lists.midrange.com.
Technical tips and techniques from IBM i technical expert, Dawn May.
You and i
IBM i trends and strategies from IBM i Chief Architect, Steve Will.
DB2 for i
Insight and perspectives on data management using IBM i