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May 29 2008   8:23PM GMT

What’s in a name? More from the front to change the name

David Vasta David Vasta Profile: David Vasta

After what has been a pretty quiet week, and a few weeks of nothing much from IBM about anything at all and more over not much in the way of the i. I was reading around the web and found a nice little article about “Becoming a System-i-Vangelist”, at least the name is catchy.

I like the part about learning the cheer!

“It’s the Power and the i, stupid! Bid a fond farewell to “AS/400” and “iSeries” and even “System i.” It’s IBM Power Systems. It’s IBM i (“for Business”), not OS/400 or i5/OS. (Okay, V5R4 and earlier are still i5/OS, but you get the idea.) The more unified your terminology is, the stronger your message is. (By the way, IBM swears it won’t change the name again.)”

I think it’s important to be able to make the corner IBM is all asking us to make, but in order for it to work you have to stay on the ball and not call it the AS/400 please.

I was of course dissappointed that Trevor Perry Angus the IT Chap was mentioned and not yours truly. I would think that if you are passonate about the i and you want to share your thoughts, ideas, and opinions about it I would recommend you start a blog or something that people out there can find. Trust me they are looking and the hits go up everyday for people looking for one of the most stable, hard working server platforms in IT right now! the i running on POWER.

“Don’t hide IBM Power Systems under a bushel. The worst thing you can do is make them a “black box” to those around you. In my experience, the biggest job protection comes from sharing information and growing the footprint and value of IT in your firm. The companies in the most danger of having the platform pushed away are those in which the Power Systems people build a wall around their “strange practices.” That is the road to ruin.”

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  • Gilly400
    Hi, I think my biggest problem with the new name is how to google for i. Best regards, Martin Gilbert.
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  • David Vasta
    At COMMON we were told to google "ibm i" and you should find plenty of stuff on the "i". I think they worked out a deal or something with Google to make that work. Personalized Results 1 - 10 of about 11,100,000 for ibm i. ===> Not bad I guess. I would have expected more?
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  • GreenleeB
    Everyone I work with, both within IT and in the user community, still calls it the 'AS/400'. I tried forcing myself to use iSeries in documents but I gave up. I don't really care what IBM calls it anymore. If you want to Google what do you look for? i, iSeries, AS/400, AS400. I can't put them [ULIST] all [/ULIST] in.
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  • IraChandler
    We call it AS/400, always have, always will. While it is in IBM's interest to JUST sell ANY box, we need for the AS/400 to sell. Their product non-differentiation is maddening, as well as their intentional obfuscation of the AS/400. Remember, AS stands for APPLICATION SYSTEM? No for "Cobbled-Together-Hack-Of-Bits-And-Pieces"...
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  • Raphael7
    you can really go for the II ibm
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  • Raphael7
    Here is another one ibm i series
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