It seemed like Bob Cancilla had disappeared.
If you remember, Cancilla was a former IBM Rational executive who, in addition to moving to an application modernization consulting company in Reno called Oxford International, also started a blog on the System i called I-nsider. He said some very blunt things in the blog, including opining that IBM will drop the System i platform in the next five to seven years.
That blog is now defunct, as is Cancilla’s Twitter account associated with it. But Bob isn’t gone. He has resurfaced. No longer working with Oxford, Cancilla is now working as an independent consultant, and is now writing on two different blogs. The first, called Computer Systems Today, will be strictly on application modernization. The second, called Cancilla on i, is pretty much the same as the old I-nsider blog. It’s not entirely clear why Cancilla moved his opinion on System i to another blog, but on the previous one it did mention that Cancilla was an employee of Oxford, which he no longer is. Maybe it was a condition of his leaving that he take that one down.
Here’s some of what Cancilla had to say on the Midrange listserv:
Please note my business today is pure consulting not constrained by any products. My goal is to provide the best path for my clients that I believe to be correct. Some of you may disagree with my opinions on the future of iSeries. I caution you to look very carefully at what is going on within IBM along with the goals and objectives of the IBM’rs who tell you that the future of IBM i is rosy. I will not quote numbers as that would be totally inappropriate, but be assured that the numbers seem to be rapidly decreasing.
Some of you quoted some major companies that are using iSeries. Many of those are leaving the platform under mandate from their corporate IT organizations. Again I will not name names as I got that information while at IBM so that would be inappropriate, but some of the largest and best known iSeries shops are leaving the platform.