AS400, iSeries, i5, System i, no matter the name it is still a viable platform for HRIS Software and Payroll Software. Over the last 4 or 5 years more and more companies have selected a Windows platform for the payroll software, human resources software, and time and attendance software needs even though these same companies have a capable platform sitting in their computer room.
If System i is the desired platform to run the operations and accounting side of a business, then why is it not the desired platform to run the most valuable asset of a company, the personnel? The answer is simple. Payroll and HR Software end users are immediately sold on the sleek look and feel of a Windows based payroll and HR software system.
The historical view is that the System i user interface is character based and clunky. The System i Payroll, Human Resources, and Time & Attendance software industry has made great strides to add graphical interfaces that rival that of the Windows based payroll and HR software systems. As a matter of fact, a lot of these companies are using .Net, a Microsoft tool, as the front end to their System i products. So the HRIS software and Payroll software end users now have the ability to enjoy the sleek look and feel with the same stability and security that exists in the operations and accounting departments. Be open-minded and look around. You will be very surprised at what you find.