IT Jungle has a cool article about the AS/400 turning 19 years old. There isn’t a whole lot of reminiscence; most of the story is about where the IBM System i might be going, rather than how far it has come. But it does claim that IBM probably didn’t realize when it created the hardware platform in 1988 (which actually derived from the System/38 platform created a decade earlier) that it would last this long.
Furthermore, on the topic of where it’s going, who really knows, right?
And I don’t think IBM has any better skills than you or I to figure out how the System i will do in the future. IBM gets to try technologies and tactics, it gets to be in control of the initial conditions of each System i product cycle. But that is a far cry from being able to predict what more than 200,000 customers worldwide will do or not do.
Good stuff there. Check it out.