Enable Cloud for Application Development
Merlin enables your teams to take full advantage of cloud for application development. Spin up an IBM i development environment in seconds and take it down when you’re done. Build new next-generation applications quickly and deploy them faster than ever before, getting to market sooner to gain a competitive advantage. Realize the true value of hybrid cloud with multi-platform CI/CD implementation.
Automate CI/CD and Security
You want to build new applications quickly and get them to market fast, but you need to do it securely at the same time. Merlin ensures applications are written securely across the entire development lifecycle with automated security and testing. Get continuous feedback with a single DevOps pipeline from test to production.
Speed Up Developer Onboarding
New developers coming into your organization don’t want to work with fixed-format RPG. They are used to industry-standard tools like Git for change management, Jenkins for CI/CD, and a browser-based IDE comparable to Visual Studio for writing code. Merlin integrates these technologies and automates the conversion of fixed-format RPG to Free Format.
Additionally, Merlin stores detailed cross-references of your application in the ARCAD metadata repository (relationship between fields, file, programs etc.). This enables developers to quickly get an understanding of the application and the impact of a change. Together these features significantly reduce the learning curve for new team members and increase their productivity immediately.
This first release of Merlin we are announcing today is just the start of a long roadmap for the solution. IBM and ARCAD together are continuously building new capabilities to help our clients modernize their existing applications and build new next-generation ones on IBM i. Get started working with the tools and please provide us with your feedback on what should come next. User feedback is how we started building this solution in the first place, and it is how we will take it into the future. To learn more about IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration, register for the webcast, head to the product page, or contact your IBM or ARCAD representative.