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Sep 17 2009   1:40PM GMT

The System i community’s addiction to bad news

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Jon Paris writes that despite some good news coming out of the System i platform in recent weeks — announcement of new customers, the forming of iManifest — a negative attitude persists among many in the System i community. It is an attitude that the platform is on its way out, and all but dead. He writes:

In the U.S. there are also many signs of recovery. The most obvious one to us being that we are starting to see more interest in our services. Even more dramatic is that enrollments in our RPG and DB2 Summit conference in Minneapolis in October already substantially exceed the number who attended in Orlando in the spring.

But all of this sounds horribly like good news–and that’s not too popular right now so we’d better stop before we depress too many people.

That last paragraph obviously has a twinge of sarcasm included. My take: There often seems to be voices on each end, but none in the middle. There are those saying System i will be dead soon, and those who are simply cheerleading the platform. I think both sides empathize with the other but often won’t admit it because it might weaken their own stance.

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