The following is a response from one of our readers, John DeCoville, to Mark Fontecchio’s article IBM System i division filing for divorce. Thanks for the insight, John.
I think that IBM only has it partly right. The perception has been for a long time that IBM allowed its i-Products to lag behind its competitors.
First: WDSc 6.1 and 7.0 do not have a good “Fit and Finish” compared to the expensively developed MS Visual Studio for VB.NET. WDSc takes a long time for initial loads of source members.It is Balky and not integrated.
Second: DB2 has lagged behind Oracle and even MS SQL-2000. MS SQL-2005 is integrated into MS’s Studio. Unlike MS SQL-Server and Oracle, the developer cannot place an index on a view. Indexes not only improve performance in the Oracle and MS world but allow the DB developer to make views available to more traditional developers where they can work with an access they are familiar with.
Using a cursor is a bit of a leap for developers, not yet retired, who have difficulty using proto-types.
Lastly: The i5xx/ AS/400 has now some new features that do not have good “Fit and Finish” nor good integration that the older AS/400 used to have and Microsoft Developers now does have.
Appearances and Perception are 90% of reality and management is not buying.
Please, IBM, work to dispel the impression that WDSc is incomplete! Please integrate DB2 into the whole mix! Get your Client-Access turbo-charged! Please give the i-family a good fit and finish so it doesn’t come off like Colombo’s Dorky 60′s Peugeot!
I also think that IBM has been poorly represented by their Sales Management and Staff who are plainly clueless.
Now get to work!