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Manta Technologies: Your Resource for IBM i Training

Manta offers a complete library of courses for programmers, operators, system administrators, and users of the IBM i operating system, which runs on IBM Power Systems.

All of our courses are web based and run in all popular browsers.

Save 20% During Manta's
Back-To-School Combo-Pack Sale!

During our fall back-to-school sale, you save 20% off any Manta Combination Package. In addition to the complete IBM i Training Library, the following combo packages are now available:

In general, each combo pack includes all of the Manta courses that apply to a specified job function. Each package is self-contained, in that it includes all prerequisites needed by any course in the package. You can click on each package name for a complete list of its contents.

Three options are available for application programmers. In addition to the packages for RPG and COBOL programmers, the Program Development Combination Pack includes all of our programming-related courses. This package includes all of the RPG and COBOL courses as well as our courses on Java and web programming (HTML, JavaScript, and CSS).

The IBM i Training Library, includes every Manta course. This includes every course within any combo pack plus the System i Access for Windows series, which is the only series not in any combo.

The sale ends October 31.

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Build Your Own RPG Programmers

Almost as soon as Manta started business in 1994, we were hearing about the upcoming shortage of RPG programmers. The warning was out that the programmers who spent their careers in the midrange world were getting older and would soon be facing retirement. At the same time, it was believed that recent college graduates with skills in Java, C++, etc. were not interested in learning RPG, which they considered to be an obsolete language.

Since the average age of RPG programmers in 1994 was about 40, the hysteria was somewhat premature. 25 years later, however, many shops are now indeed facing a crisis. We know of several who expect to see their entire staff of 5 to 10 programmers retire in the next couple years.

The good news — and why we know about these shops — is that they are successfully using the Manta RPG Development Combination Pack to train recent graduates. These rookie programmers bring strong skills to the job, including the ability to design and develop modern, web-based applications. When introduced to IBM i and free-form RPG, they realize that they've discovered two of the greatest secrets in the IT world. This platform and language — rather than being obsolete — are more up-to-date and revolutionary that they ever dreamed possible.

Their new employers are equally ecstatic. Typical of the feedback we have received is the following comment from Mark, the IT Development Manager at an IBM i shop:

Just wanted to share that we have our 1st success with the RPG Free course. We hired a young guy with C and C## who's willing to learn and within in 45 days is an active RPG programmer and working our backlog!!.
Thanks, Mark. That was exactly our intention.