IBM Merlin powered by Arcad

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What is IBM Merlin?

IBM Merlin (Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration) is a strategic platform enabling IBM i customers to modernize both their heritage applications and development processes via DevOps. Merlin was built on Red Hat OpenShift to take advantage of a modern Hybrid Cloud world.

What are the key benefits of Merlin for IBM i Customers?

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Merlin allows IBM i applications to realize the value of hybrid cloud and multi-platform CI/CD pipelines. The modernization tooling within Merlin helps IBM i developers to create next generation applications leveraging the existing investment in traditional systems often written in RPG & Cobol. RESTful interface connections and enterprise messaging technologies allow developers to add new business value to IBM i applications.

Merlin offers some key advantages to IBM i developers:

  • Access to industry standard DevOps tools (e.g. Git, Jenkins, VS Code etc) enabling common development tooling across platforms
  • Automated Modernization of old Fix Format RPG into modern Free Format
  • Modern Cloud base IDE – develop across multiple platforms using the industry standard VS Code
  • Application Discovery and Analysis – increase developer productivity
  • Reduce the learning curve with industry standard modern tooling enabling your next generation developers
  • Intuitive UI with auto-complete, syntax highlighting, debugging, and more…
  • Secure deployment of IBM i applications and infrastructure
  • Vast ecosystem of extensions – add functionality for multiple languages and frameworks

Why use Merlin?

  • “Traditional” IBM i developers can more rapidly and easily adopt VS Code, Git, CI/CD and concurrent development with the fewest possible changes in their daily processes.

  • Developers “new to IBM i” reduce their learning curve and enable them to contribute to RPG development and access the DB2 database.

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Today, ARCAD extensions offer the following features:

  • Powered by ARCAD technology for IBM i, the Merlin platform helps software developers realize the value of hybrid cloud and multi-platform DevOps implementation.

  • Merlin allows you to automate and optimize an intelligent build while accelerating your CI/CD cycle.

  • The tool also exposes native IBM i functions as RESTful interfaces and manages your enterprise message technologies.

  • With a browser-based IDE and Red Hat CodeReady workspaces, your new developers can start to bridge the talent gap by taking advantage of modern tooling and a familiar environment.

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