Tool + Education + Roadmap = Modern Application
Tools: You could hire a seasoned DB administrator or use a tool developed by one. AO Foundation provides structure and helps you avoid a lot of painful learning experiences
Strategy: It’s been my observation that most IBM i developers are shocked when they find out what an agile, intelligent and secure database is. The training will provide the insight you need to form your strategy.
Training: Operating the tool is the easy part. The difficult part is the mental adjustment it takes to move from an application-centric model to a data-centric model. Training includes sample programs for IO servers, trigger programs and message handling. There is an art associated with introducing this many new concepts at once. You really need this training before you develop your Roadmap.
Chief Development Officer Tommy Atkins has been there and understands how to convert program-centric applications to data-centric with a minimal amount of risk. You will even learn how to safely normalize a database without interrupting ongoing business. The experience that is built into this tool provides an enormous advantage.