About a month ago, we reported that Frank Soltis was leaving IBM at the end of the year. Soltis is considered the father/grandfather of the System i platform, having been with it basically since it started 40 years ago. First it was the System/38 and System/36, then it was the AS/400, then the iSeries, then System i, and now it’s all part of Power Systems at IBM.
Soltis is indeed retiring from IBM, mainly because the merger of i and p eliminated any jobs, like his, that focused solely on the System i. But he’s not going away. He will continue teaching at the University of Minnesota, and said he wants to get more involved with user groups like Common.
In the interview, Soltis does express his displeasure with how the System i revenue has been reported since the merger (it makes it look bad). But overall he said he’s pleased with how his 45 years with Big Blue have gone, and he’s looking forward to staying involved.