Profound Logic Announces Plans for Node.js and COBOL at COMMON 2016 Conference and Expo

May 16, 2016 - New Orleans, LA - ( Profound Logic, a leader in enterprise IBM i modernization, announced plans to offe support for Node.js and COBOL at the COMMON Annual Conference and Expo. Profound Logic also plans to expand support for businesses that need an end-to-end, enterprise modernization engagement, and customers managing and deploying Profound UI implementations.

"We have an amazing, dedicated product team," says Profound Logic CEO, Alex Roytman. "We incorporated close to 4,000 enhancements into the product since its launch. I imagine this is different compared to many other vendors in the industry. I wouldn't be surprised if the average is only a handful of enhancements per year for the typical vendor in the IBM i space."

Breathe New Life into IBM i Businesses with Node.js

A recent study by Profound Logic found that the two greatest challenges faced by businesses running on IBM i are outdated green screen interfaces and the difficulty of finding new developers to replace an aging RPG talent pool. While RPG is a practical business language, it is not taught to younger generations of programmers as often as newer languages, like JavaScript. A plausible solution for businesses looking to modernize their IBM i interfaces and add new development talent to their ranks is Node.js.

Node.js is an open source development environment that is powered by JavaScript and supported on IBM i. JavaScript and Node.js have quickly become the most widely adopted programming platforms, outpacing Java in popularity. Profound Logic is pleased to announce that we will support Node.js on IBM i with the forthcoming release of the Profound.js development framework.

The Profound.js framework will give businesses the ability to:

  • Seamlessly integrate Node.js with existing RPG applications or any other applications running on IBM i
  • Utilize the Profound UI Visual Designer for Node.js development
  • Easily convert existing RPG programs to Node.js with an automated solution that eliminates the challenges encountered when re-writing RPG to another language manually
  • Hire developers from a larger talent pool, without the challenges of training in RPG

Like the RPG solutions offered by Profound Logic, the Profound.js approach is agile and iterative, which enables businesses to take a measured and highly customizable approach to modernization. Businesses can choose to modernize their applications into either free-format RPG or Node.js, and their green-screen display files into JSON Rich Displays.