With a Lot of Help from My i

This past October I had the pleasure of collaborating musically with Ted Holt at the RPG & DB2 Summit.  Ted is not only a seasoned IBM i programmer, mastermind behind IT Jungle’s Guru column, and a speaker at many conferences, but also a musician who plays the ukulele, the banjo, the piano, and who knows what else.

Ted traditionally closes the Summit with an original IBM i rendition of a classic song. For this Summit I suggested that he adapt The Beatles’ With a Little Help from My Friends. Ted wrote the lyrics for, and invited me to help lead the group in, With a Lot of Help from My i.

Enjoy the video and lyrics below!

If you love IBM i systems as much as we all do, sing along!

What do you do if you have some old apps
Written in RPG II or III?
Those old apps run fine on my IBM i
Just try it and you will agree

Oh, I get by with a lot of help from my i
Oh, I survive with a lot of help from my i
My business thrives with a lot of help from my i

What do you do when you have some new apps
written in ILE RPG?
Those new apps run fine on my IBM i
Just try it and you will agree

Oh, I get by with a lot of help from my i
Oh, I survive with a lot of help from my i
My business thrives with a lot of help from my i

Do you need a new system?
I just need IBM i.
Don’t you need a Windows system?
I just need IBM i.

What do you do
to run stuff that is new
like node.js and PHP?
That new stuff runs fine on my IBM i
Just try it and you will agree

Oh, I get by with a lot of help from my i
Oh, I survive with a lot of help from my i
My business thrives with a lot of help from my i

Do you need a new system?
I just need IBM i.
Don’t you need a Windows system?
I just need IBM i.

Oh, I get by with a lot of help from my i
Oh, I survive with a lot of help from my i
My business thrives with a lot of help from my i

Yes I get by with a lot of help from my i
with a lot of help from my i-i-i-i-i-i

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