AS/400 and its future

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Where can I see myself in AS/400 5 years from now since everyone is telling technology is depleting? Being a fresher, I have got this domain so do I need to change it or should carry on with it?

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Hi Even i had the same doubt when i joined IBM few yrs back. But down the line i have learnt that although the production of pure i series servers has been stopped it still has got plenty of opportunity and i have worked with many account where they have around 200 LPARS i agree there are severs getting degraded but i still believe large organizations which owns lot of servers and runs main business on iseries servers like (Banks, Insurance and Automobile) they will not migrate to other services as it will cost them a lot to migrate. And more over recently in the month of June IBM has introduced power 8 server which comes with three choice of OS AIX, UNIX and I Series so we still have options to survive and with my experience i can say that this is a best platform which has got very less talent outside which directly gives advantages over competions with other candidates as this technology is very less known to others and pay scale is also good compared to Mainframes and in I series the openings works with reference ie. there are very less companies with AS400 (Admin) and when we get openings we get by 1 or 2 only so they don’t post in portal for recruitment they take through referals so try to make friends with other companies who work with AS400 and keep in touch with them. All the best for your Future

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  • ToddN2000
    There is always talk about systems phasing out. I still see a lot of i-Series shops out there and don't see IBM dropping this anytime soon. I was AS/400 developer for 30 years. I tarted on s/38. I made a career change abut a year and half ago to the .NET side. The reason being we want to port a lot of our applications to mobile devices. The data is still retrieved and stored on the i-Series where the corporate financials are run. So I say check the job opportunities in your area and make a decision on your findings. 
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  • excellentrandy
    If you are hesitant on your future as AS400 operator/administrator or whatsoever, you should start studying other servers especially p and x series servers. But then, I am sure that 5 years from now, there's still i series 
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  • ayush123
    thanks a lot.......................................It was a real help.....
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  • excellentrandy
    The best way will always be knowing what you love to do. Self study and do your best. 
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  • Jan812
    why not carry on with it, then add some stuff along the way. Like studying other platform during your free time. in 5 years time there will still be plenty of as400 around, specially banks. 
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  • jinteik
    trust me its niche in the market and if you are really good at it, you have great bargain power
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  • abhisheka1
    In Technology field any technology you know has dedicated market... , you will get plenty of opportunity. don't worry keep learning  :)
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  • excellentrandy
    Exactly, keep on learning. Leave your doubts and go on with your life. IT have great opportunities for us. Never stop studying. 
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