Frank Soltis, who is considered the father of the AS/400 and its various sequels, will reportedly be leaving IBM at the end of this year.
He has been with IBM for about 40 years and has penned two books on the platform: Inside the AS/400 back in 1997, and Fortress Rochester: the Inside Story of the IBM iSeries in 2001.
The link above gives some details about the how and why of him leaving, although I’m not sure all of those are clear. Whatever the case, Soltis is a veritable institution within Big Blue, and his expertise will be surely missed. Hopefully he’ll still consult with them, or maybe work some with Common, the System i user group.
Earlier this year in a great webcast, Soltis compared the System i and p merger to the System/38 and System/36 merger, saying it was history repeating itself.