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President's LetterI received an interesting call last week, from an investment firm that was interested in expanding into the IBM i marketplace. The fact that investors outside of the IBM i ecosphere are interested in IBM i software companies is great news for those of us who have complained that our favorite system is being ignored by those unaware of its charms.
I will leave it to others to debate what this means to the IBM i software industry. For me, the most interesting part of my discussion concerned training. (Would you think otherwise?) The company representative — whom I will call Sally — was concerned about how the availability of IBM i training affects the future of the platform. We have all been flabbergasted to hear that a company has moved off the platform. "How stupid!" and "They'll be back!"" are frequent comments. Often, the blame gets put on that stereotypical new MBA, who does not know an operating system that cannot run on his phone.
What Sally has learned from talking to vendors is that the new company manager is often right. While a new MBA does not know about bits and bytes, he or she knows what tools and services are needed to run a business. All too often, management makes a request to the IT department to create an online ordering system for customers, or to support 24/7/365 reliability, only to be told that "we can't do that here."" Whether the IT manager is truly uninformed about modern IBM i systems, or he knows his staff is not capable of implementing modern techniques is irrelevant. Management has no choice other than to replace the entire department with people who can deliver what the organization needs. Unfortunately, the bad taste left by the previous staff gives all of us in the IBM i world a bad name.
Sally had done enough research to know that Power Systems running IBM i can do any job done by other platforms, usually cheaper and better. After talking with me, she also knows that affordable, quality IBM i training is available to those who want it. All we need to do is to get the message out.
William A. Hansen, Ph.D.