Have you been following the recent conversations on the Internet about the supposed decline in the popularity of the IBM iSeries (or now known System i) platform? At DSC, a high percentage of our customers run in the System i environment or run dual platforms. We haven’t noticed any decline from our side. In fact, our clients continue to rely heavily on the power that the System i environment offers and continue to make investments in the technology.
I have been following Mark Fontecchio from “The iSeries Blog” lately. On September 3, he wrote a post on “Yes, there are still new System i customers”. This is one of many posts where he addresses claims by Bob Cancilla, a former IBM executive, and others that the System i operating system is in a state of deep decline.
You might find a couple of these articles on the state of the IBM i OS quite interesting:
“Bob Cancilla on the future of System i,” The iSeries Blog, September 3, 2009.
“System i decline, modernization, and the next 5 years,” The iSeries Blog, August 20, 2009.
“New Customers,” You and i, August 30, 2009.
Please feel free to post your opinion on the future of the IBM System i platform below.