TEMBO certainly pushed our company beyond our limits and expanded Procuro’s horizons with new opportunities in developing systems for our market. The modernization project added at least 7 more years to the longevity of our current insurance solution, and income on short term insurance from clients grew by 6.25%.  This is the essence of our modernization project.


Heinrich Smit, CEO

Procuro Systems




TEMBO, our very committed local service provider, is easy to be reached for service and support, and they are always prepared to walk the extra mile.


Eliene Van Biljon, IT Manager

Cape Gate




Applying skills acquired by attending an advanced modernization workshop presented by TEMBO, Momentum was able to redesign a problematic data integration project and reduce the runtime from 20 hours to 20 minutes.


Carl Conradie, Enterprise Architect





Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit with Marinus and his people at TEMBO to understand their modernization technologies for IBM i installations. I also had the opportunity to meet with some of the IBM i customers they have helped to modernize their applications. I was especially impressed with the work TEMBO has done with migrations to SQL (DB2) databases. I can highly recommend Marinus and TEMBO to any IBM i customer who wants or needs to move their applications into the 21st century.


Dr. Frank Soltis, Retired Chief Scientist and “Father” of the AS/400 and S/38 architecture

IBM USA (Retired)




Due to the age of the OVK system and the spaghetti nature of the Cobol code , the list of outstanding system program requests became unacceptable for OVK’s management and the users were frustrated by the delays and long time to complete service requests for system changes. When we came to the point to integrate a large subsidiary into the main system, we had no alternative to investigate modernization for rapid programming development and agility.

As I know the founder Marinus van Sandwyk of TEMBO Technologies for more than twenty five years, we approached TEMBO to assist us with training, modernization of our database and the streamlining of our system. The initial estimated timeline of the whole project was 18 months, but with the professional help of the TEMBO staff and a specialised tool (Adsero Optima) we managed to complete it in 6 months.

It was a big pleasure working with them and the intensive and valuable knowledge that the OVK programming staff gained through this whole project could not be described in words.

Thank you TEMBO!


Pieter Scholtz, Information Technology

OVK Trade Limited



Cape Gate / Tembo experience (2010 – 2014)


Cape Gate started investigating IBM modernisation in 2009.  During 2010 a stategic workshop was set up with TEMBO to discuss Cape Gate’s roadmap to modernisation. It was then decided to do ‘backend’ modernisation first, meaning converting DDS to SQL and then modernise programming techniques using modern development tools such as RDi.


Modernisation workshops:

During 2011, the Cape Gate IBM development team attended Modernisation workshops, presented by Tommy Atkins of TEMBO.

The workshops were of great value, as we were then in the process of planning modernisation on the IBM.  The developers were introduced to RPD (now RDi) as this was to be our new development interface. The workshops also covered topics such as: database considerations when using DDL,  programming in RPG ILE (free format) explaining pointers, user spaces/Indexes, etc. We appreciated the lecturers by Tommy (and his unique way)  of presenting the workshops and sharing tips, references and guidance regarding standards.


DDS to SQL conversion, Training:

During April 2012, the Cape Gate IBM database was converted from DDS to SQL with software by TEMBO,  AO foundation. The copying of the files were done with AO software. No file level ID’s changed, thus no re-compile of programs required.

When we started the project of converting files from DDS to SQL, it was important for Cape Gate to have a data dictionary – so as to define a company attribute once and then to be used in all tables. The development team of TEMBO , especially Tommy Atkins, listen to our requirements and incorporated it in the development of the data dictionary management of AO.  Any requests/changes that we submitted was attended to in acceptable time.

Any future creation / modification of tables to be done via AO software, using the data dictionary.

After the file conversions, Cape Gate together with TEMBO set up a training program to familiarise developer’s with new programming techniques and how to use the AO management system. The training run during 2013 on a weekly / bi-weekly basis  presented by Tommy Atkins. Whenever one of the developers had a question / problem, it was dealt with urgency.

Unfortunately, the development on the IBM at Cape Gate was suspended in 2014.  Although the IBM modernisation project was well on track, a top-management decision was made to implement an ERP system as a generic system was required with external support as opposed to an in-house supported system.


We only had good experiences with TEMBO and their team during our  engagement with them.


Thank you guys!


Anna-Marie Jacobs, IT Systems Manager

Cape Gate



Thanks to TEMBO for inviting our team to its Advanced Modernization Workshop. TEMBO offers a unique, two-pronged approach to modernizing IBM i legacy applications – one aimed at the DB and the other addresses the UI. The modernization process can start with either or both, which gives flexibility to the customer. I’d strongly recommend that any IBM i shop that wants to modernize its legacy applications should evaluate the TEMBO approach before finalizing its strategy.




Mahesh Kulkarni, Managing Director

GN Solutions




We attended TEMBO's Modernization Workshop in 2016 and found their road-map for IBM i application modernization to be remarkably in alignment with ours. I endorse it. Its adoption would surely lead to a bright future for the IBM i platform.


Nathan M. Andelin, President

Relational Data LLC




We found the people at TEMBO as very honest and their support great. They are also very knowledgeable and experienced with RDi, DB2 for i and ILE-RPG. We enjoy working with them and it is obvious that they enjoy helping their clients.


Marina Shulman, Senior Programmer/Analyst

Smalley Steel Ring Inc.




Marinus is very passionate about his work; he takes pride in all he does. He is methodical in his approach. He has a very professional and strong team. It was a pleasure to work with him and given an opportunity I will work with him again.


Keneiloe Moabelo,  Project Manager

Hyphen Technology (Pty) Limited




TEMBO is a supplier of software for IBM i, in my opinion they operate their business with an abundance of integrity and transparency. Their core product helps companies achieve their DB goals by providing a combination of automation and administration to the role of the DBA/DBE. As their distributor I find them ever ready with support in the form of demonstrations for prospects and service for customers. I’m glad to be associated with them and I’m sure others will realize what I already know.


Neil Woodhams,  President

Databorough Services Ltd




Been part of the Advanced Modernization Workshop WebEx sessions in 2016 and loved the focus it placed on Data Centric Modernization concepts. The workshop explained very well the methods to tackle the complexity involved in modernizing legacy applications. The passion and skill the TEMBO team possess had quite a positive influence on me. Also my love for the IBM i platform has increased post the workshop. I refer back to the workshop recordings regularly to apply/reinforce the concepts to the solutions provided to our customers.


Prashob Nadukandi, TOGAF 9 Certified for Enterprise Architecture, Lead Engineer-1

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