Leslie wrote in with this statement recently:
I’m absolutely dumbfounded at how badly IBM has blundered the on going marketing support for their midrange systems. The platform has everything to offer. Stability, power, broad base of trained personnel, etc. But they seem bound and determined to neglect it to death. I’ve got nearly 25 years on these machines and would love to continue with them for the next 10 to 15 years, but that now seems highly doubtful.
It seems really simple to me to come up with comparisons to other platforms that would show the iSeries in a very positive light. How hard can this be? Hire some good advertisers. Aim buzz word ads at the presidents who like to use buzz words they don’t understand but make things happen. Aim ads with good reasoning at the IT directors who understand but are afraid of going against the buzz word dropping presidents who don’t have any IBM buzz words to use. Aim it at the software vendors who would love to have software that can be shown to be stable. Make fun of Oracle shops for having to go out and buy separate data base software. Make sure IBM has representative members in every single AITP (the old DPMA) and every other technical users group and make sure they attend the meetings monthly!
Show yourselves! Come on IBM! Pump it up!