Angus: Platform? What platform?
LinkedIn discussions are fodder for vendors, spammers, and slamming other people. But if you sort through the noise, there are some wonderful discussions. However, for IBM i, these discussions simply prove that we, as a community, are just not a community. There are so many of the so-called faithful who simply don’t know the platform.
Title: So, how would YOU promote the IBM i?
A comment: iseries I/T can be a huge business driver with B2B or B2C facing web apps.
Note: Who promotes IBM i by pitching the benefits of iSeries?
Title: IBM i and .NET
A comment: the above link is a RPGLE program running on my Core API that runs CGIDEV2 “down under” – so it is actually CGIDEV2 performance you are looking at
On the link: iSeries 520 power6
Note: iSeries never ran on Power 6.
Title: IBM i and .NET
Recent comment: we feel you might find either some of the answers to your questions or maybe even some end solutions by looking at (link to website)
On the link:
i5 Systems (aka AS/400)
IBM i5 systems
i5 (aka AS/400)
IBM i5 (aka AS/400)
Note: None of these mentioned brand ‘names’ belong to the platform as it is today, and some were never brand names.
It simply amazes me that this continued confusion and ignorance reigns. What is happening here? Why can’t the people who work on the platform KNOW what the platform is? Complaints about the name change are no longer an excuse – we have had IBM i on Power for three years – quite an eternity in IT.
Certainly IBM has many things to fix, since they really don’t appear to help in many ways. But surely there is enough noise in the community about IBM i, that the old names just make the speaker/writer look and sound hopelessly outdated? Why would anyone, in the technological industry, continue to talk about outdated technology? Yet, it seems rampant among the so-called faithful.
This questions keeps coming up, and the same old answers keep getting thrown at me. The name, the name. IBM, IBM. Marketing, marketing. Google, Google. All of these are tired and ignorant, and just excuses. If you want to promote a platform, why do you keep promoting its predecessors?
I truly think it is several things.
First, fear. For those who loved the AS/400, some of whom may have finally made it to the iSeries, they continue to code the same way as they did 20 years ago, they continue to work the same way, with the same tools. They are the hand crafters of our industry. While they may do good work, and be geniuses at their craft, they are afraid of change, or afraid of learning.
Second, lack of discipline. Most of us don’t think about the correct branding of the platform. We have no constant motivation to remember to use the correct branding. I find it easy – the competition wants it to die, you have a chance to help it live. Keeping that in your mind at all times makes for great motivation.
Third, habit. I asked one person to use the right name, and their response was “I am a recovering AS/400, iSeries, System i whatever aholic”. Of course change is difficult, but in this case, can’t you become an iHolic? Same great flavor, same addiction, more power…
I repeat here for your benefit, a version of the email I sent to the iSeriesHolic…
I just saw a response from you on IBM i Professionals, where you used the (now very very old) term iSeries.
My plea is, since you are someone who is visible in the community, for you to use the current branding when you write on public forums, and in presentations? We are an extremely fractured community with the BS about naming, and no matter what argument we use, no matter how tied we are to the past, we must come together as a community. Being consistent in our use of branding will help. Those who are very visible in the community are important, and by making a concerted effort to regularly use the current branding, obviously referencing the previous branding when appropriate, will make a difference.
Can I plead with you to make this effort? It is not a lot of work for you, and it would be a HUGE help to getting through this current quagmire of WTF-is-the-name-this-week BS.
Now it is your turn. In the competitive world we live in, where we do have the best business platform on the planet, I encourage you, plead with you, exhort you, beg you, promote the platform. The current one!
IBM i on Power.