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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.

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Why Manta? Because it has the only "Flight Simulator" for i.

Would you like flying with a pilot whose training consisted of reading the manuals and scoring 75% on a multiple-choice exam? How about a pilot who was hired yesterday and is learning on the job? So why do you use the same methods for your staff?

Manta's exclusive IBM i simulator is built into our training software. Learn by performing system tasks in an accurately simulated environment BEFORE you try them on your production system. All you need is a PC and a browser. Some of our happiest customers are those who trained their staffs before their Power Systems arrived.

Check us out. This site includes our complete catalog, as well as a sample session from each of our 120 courses and exams. You'll like what you see.

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From the President

Many of the questions we get from potential customers involve the licensing structure for our 120 courses and exams. When we moved our courses online in 2002, we had to invent what has subsequently become known as cloud-based software. When you "enroll" for a Manta training product, you have two basic choices:
  • The number of students who can train at the same time
  • The duration of your license
Rather than using a "per seat" fee, we charge based on the number of concurrent users you'd like. This limits the number of students who can be signed on at any one time. There is no limit, however, to the total number of students you may have. I've seen customers train as many as ten students on a single-user license through strict scheduling. For example, each student can be assigned a morning or afternoon once a week as their "training time." Due to Manta's custom architecture, this time is usually sufficient to finish a complete course.

If you want more people to take courses at the same time, the price is quite reasonable. Moving from a one-user license to a five-user license, for example, is only 50% more. Compare that to sending four more students to an instructor-led class!

The default, one-year license is sufficient for most individuals and companies with a one-time training need. Companies with on-going hiring needs and new projects will want the courses to be available for many years. In fact, many of our customers have been with us since 1999, when we first offered a maintenance plan.

You can save money by prepaying for a two- or three-year license, but this is not required. Manta will automatically send you a renewal invoice a month before your license expires. Because we've noticed that usage goes down after an initial training splurge, we charge half price for the second year's renewal. For the third and subsequent years, the renewal price is 1/4 of the current list price. This price reflects our on-going efforts to add new courses and keep the existing courses up to date. While your license is active, any additions or enhancements to your product are available immediately at no additional charge.

Whatever license level and duration you select, your students will have free access to Student Reference Guides in PDF format. In addition, you — or a designated training administrator — will be able to create user profiles, control access to courses, and create reports that show your students' course progress and exam results.

In summary, every choice we've made in developing our license reflects what customers have told us they'd like to see. Isn't that how service businesses are supposed to operate?

If you have any questions, give us a call at (800) 406-2682. Or, e-mail us at

Keep learning,


William A. Hansen, Ph.D.