The first two issues need to be addressed before number three. I am saddened by the seemingly decline of the best system in the world. I have had to embrace the Microsoft world too to survive in this industry. The young Microsoft cowboys do not have a clue as to the real strengths of the System I, and saddly neither do the execs holding the purse strings. I recently had a couple of IBM Global Services consultants in my shop doing some Cisco and Active directory work and they were bad mouthing the System I and Domino/Lotus Notes. They were clearly Microsoft slanted cowboys. What is wrong with tis picture?]]>
I expected the momentum towards Microsoft products to slow down, but the ‘IT doesn’t matter’ paradigm has only gotten stronger, and the cheaper-is-all-that-matters guys seem to have total control now.
I’m using a small iSeries server to do a simple integration job that our ASP refused to host on their iSeries cluster/farm when we migrated away from having our business software on a local AS/400. They refused to host any custom code, or enable remote journaling. I got around their roadblocks by accessing our database using RPG and Java/JDBC, and so we have a vital service availible for a $50K investment (hardware and programming), that our ASP wouldn’t provide at any price (well, they actually told us they’d do it for $800K) because they want only to keep cashing our checks for their 15 year old code.
The reason I cite this example, is that there are thousands of customers who would use this technique to bypass the shortcomings of their legacy systems if only they knew they could.
I am astounded that IBM cannot sell their product. (which after all has probably the best cross-platform integration capabilities on the planet) I have come to expect that this will not change because for one thing, they haven’t figured out that providing free training on WDSC for instance could counter the widely held opinion that the platform is ‘Old-Fashioned’.
This system can do anything, and do it better, but no one knows it because the people who build it don’t know how to promote it.]]>
IBM needs to get out there and show the world that the iSeries can handle any task thrown at it, and do it with better reliability than old Bill Gates’ megalithic nightmare ever could.
But that’s just my opinion. =)]]>