Angus: Twenty five

I will have been in the United States for 25 years on May 15th, 20i3. I was working as a System/38 consultant, teaching RPG and SYNON, and working on midrange ERP applications, when I was offered a job and upon accepting, moved to Chicago. Last week in Manhattan, I had dinner with the owners of the company who brought me to the U.S. It was a wonderful evening, reminiscing and catching up. Our conversation were also very lively about the future of computing, devices, applications, user experience and I.T. in general. Our shared past is very special to us, and our shared passion for the world of I.T. means we will remain friends for many years to come.

I feel very much the same way about IBM i and the community around the platform. A month after I arrived in Chicago in 1988, the AS/400 was announced. Of course, much of the community were aware of something happening at IBM (named Silverlake) that would affect S/38 and S/36 customers, and there was huge excitement in the industry to match the announcement from IBM. Twenty years later, with the merger of System i and System p hardware into Power Systems we were reminded of how amazing our AS/400 was. IBM, however, continued the amazing, evolving OS/400 into IBM i – an operating system worthy of our heritage, and built to run on the new industry leading Power Systems servers. In the last five years, our new home has proven to be a hardware platform on which we have a strong future. IBM i will celebrate its 25th anniversary in world class shape, leveraging an incredible heritage. For our community, our shared past is very special, and our shared passion for IBM i means we will remain friends for many years to come.

I am excited to watch – and participate – in the IBM i 25th anniversary celebrations. You can be engaged in many ways, and Steve Will starts the ball rolling with his latest You and I blog entry.

And, while you are muddling around on Facebook today, like the IBMi25 page for even more continuing action. See you in Austin for the in-person celebrations!


BobLApril 5th, 2013 at 11:16 am

Hey, Trevor! Speaking of catching up, I’ve met up recently with Marty, Bill, and Brad from those Silvon days. I’ll have to dig out the photo I have of you painting walls in the offices at the backside of Xerox!

AngusApril 5th, 2013 at 11:18 am

Bob! Bring it on! That would be wonderful for a 25th anniversary…

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