Results from over 10 years
At first, students were supported in the direct environment of Sielhorst iT consulting and a teaching assignment together with the IBM Academic Initiative. The many years of involvement in IBM Requirements Team (CEAC 1996-2000, 2011-2017) changed a lot for students.
I finally had to update and install only one tool for the internship instead of three for one semester, because the Access Client Solutions for IBM i (ACS) run for every student both on Windows, Linux or Mac clients with (almost) all necessary features that were previously distributed in many tools - as we had long wished, all clients can now use this.
We have also been able to work with tools such as
the Bourne Again Shell (Bash),
the version control system Git,
development with Java or
the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)
port and explore many new open source solutions on the Linux or i on POWER operating system.
Deploying these basics is unfamiliar and complex for IBM i users and is therefore a real opportunity for the students. They can learn this on a daily basis first in other environments and then transport their experience - e.g. to companies with i on Power to enable the optimal synergy effects of experience and renewal.
Together with partners and customers, 1 - 2 works have been awarded or financed every year since 2010.
This website should help to present, discuss and further develop the results and at the same time increase the scope.