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Sep 24 2009   4:45PM GMT

IBM i runs PHP, but is it enough?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Mike Pavlak ponders an interesting question: While IBM may continue to develop technology on the System i and Power Systems, such as PHP, is it enough to overcome the CIO who, in an attempt to impress his bosses, wants quick changes that show quick savings?

Pavlak is a former IT director and System i consultant who is now a solution consultant for Zend Technologies, which is the PHP company. So he has a dog in the fight. Still, Pavlak is honest in his post about whether PHP and other technologies are enough to prevent migration off the System i platform.

Can you hang on to your IBM i through the tenure of the 3-year CIO? I would guess that you wouldn’t. Primarily because the 3-year CIO is cost justifying all the new systems based upon the upgrade costs and maintenance fees of the IBM i. (TCA vs. TCO) And how many CIO’s are reporting to the CFO? And what CFO wouldn’t be attracted to the smell of fresh cut costs? It’s like catnip to the tabby crawling around my feet as I write this.

Pavlak presents some hope there, though. He feels that if IT managers and staff sell the CIO hard enough on the platform, it can work. They just need to justify the higher initial cost that usually comes with buying System i over Intel.

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  • Scawa1952
    At the iSeries Users group in a major metropolitan area, the attendees are getting grayer and grayer. Very little new blood is coming in. That CIO is becoming younger and younger. The new kids on the block don't want to play with RPG and non-web based technologies. Unless the Senior iSeries developers get off their duffs and start learning the new technologies and IBM makes it easier to use them (Java, PHP, Scala) the iSeries will go the way of the dinosaur and you will not be able to keep that young buck CIO, because he will go elsewhere.... where he can use new programming paradigms. It is not JUST the fresh smell of "cutting costs", it is that AS/400 developers need to move out of the 1980's.
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