IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - September 2017 - SR12
Figure 4: Which programming languages does your company use?
though they're they same thing,
just different vernacular."
For him, everything hinges
on convincing students that the
Power Systems platform is just
as modern as other machines.
If they're not convinced, they
won't be willing to learn. "We
have to start changing the way
we think of things."
Justifying an investment in
Power Systems to clients or
upper management is decidedly
the most common challenge
readers face. They look to the
magazine for talking points to
combat these doubts, and they
need tools to help clients and
management understand why the
Power Systems platform is a more
cost-effective and secure option
when all factors are considered.
Help is on the Way
RPG was the most widely
used at 66 percent. Java* was
the second most popular with 60
percent of readers reporting that
language was being used by their
companies. NET turned out to be
the third most popular answer,
with 42 percent of readers' companies supporting that option.
When asked about their biggest
business challenges, readers'
responses were across the board,
but the most common topics
included talent, security, costs
and convincing upper management the Power Systems platform
is superior to Linux* or Intel*.
More specifically, several
readers want to understand how
exactly Power Systems combats
security threats. Others are
struggling with finding talent,
and they worry about a lack of
training or a lack of willingness
when it comes to learn the Power
The majority of readers who
replied to the survey are involved with purchasing
decisions within their organization: Nearly
determine the need for specific products
Ed Waldschmidt, an IT Project Manager at PHD Inc. and an
adjunct professor at Baker College, elaborated on this struggle.
"We should be speaking about
tables, rows and columns like
the Windows* guys, but instead
we use files, records and fields,"
says Waldschmidt. "Students
think these terms are old, even
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In an effort to provide readers
with some guidance and consolation regarding their biggest
business challenges, IBM
Systems Magazine reached out
to some IBMers. These experts
zoned in on the overall cost and
reliability of Power Systems
servers, how to convince upper
management the platform is
superior to competitors' products and where misconceptions
about price stem from.
Susan Proietti Conti, an IBM
executive project manager,
and Craig Bender, director of
IBM Worldwide IT Economics,
shared readers' frustration with
convincing others of the superiority of Power Systems, and
provided some key talking points
in explaining the platform's superiority to others. "Historically, it's
true the POWER* platform was
viewed as more expensive," says
Proietti Conti. "But there are so
many compelling reasons why
the POWER platform is actually