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Jan 21 2008   1:54PM GMT

User suggestions for the System i



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
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System i hardware
System i software

The IT Jungle has a bunch of user feedback regarding the System i, where it’s going, and where it should be going. This comes in the midst of a small revenue increase for the platform announced by IBM last week. Still, the platform isn’t nearly out of the weeds yet, and to be able to survive, IBM needs to listen to its customer base.

The suggestions range from the usual complaint about the name of the platform — one user astutely says: “Google ‘i’ and you will see my point” — to another wishing that IBM would make RPG a “true Web Programming Language,” to another sadly wishing that IBM would see the i5/OS to another company such as Oracle or Zend “that has the necessary get up and go to make the improvement to the OS that it needs to compete.”

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  • Mark Fontecchio
    My 2 cents worth. IBM has made significant improvements to OS/400. Can they make more...absolutely. We in the System I community should make sure that IBM understand OUR needs so that they can make improvements that are important to US in their future releases. One thing we all need to understand, as to one reason why revenues fell, is that IBM has significantly reduced the cost of the System i. They may have sold as many units but at a lower cost to us. Is that a bad thing for us? I don't think so. Is that a bad thing for IBM, to nake the System i more affordable and seel more units? No, I think it's a good thing. If you look at what it costs today to purchase a System i and the cost 2 years ago....you should be very happy. Can they do more...yes. But each cost reduction causes a "loss" of revenue compared to seeling it before the cost reduction. The overall effect is that they "should" sell more systems, we hope. Just my 2 cents worth.
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