IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - February 2018 - 8
IBM i users and IT staff will laugh in your
face when you ask them when their system
last went down. No matter how old or new
their system is, they expect it to be
up and running-and it is.
thousand times faster it is to the
2. IBM i is worth it.
The OS has all of the elements
other platforms charge you extra
for. You don't have to go out and
purchase from other vendors for
communications, security or
Another savings afforded with
IBM i comes from needing fewer
people to support the hardware
and the rock solid support of IBM.
I've seen some software vendors
buy into the idea of moving their
application over to Windows*.
They end up spending millions
and wasting time in the process,
only to eventually listen to their
clients and come back to the
tested, proven IBM i platform.
With IBM i products offered by
third parties, you can really bring
fast GUI into your company.
3. Real-world staff love it.
If you want to start a good argument, tell an IBM i manager that
your Windows box will do more
than their IBM i. They have so
much pride in the platform, and
rightfully so, specifically because
of its reliability. Everyone in
every industry we serve feels
that their applications need to
be up at all times. IBM has made
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high availability easy to implement, and we have clients use it
successfully on a regular basis as
evidence to that fact. It's never
the squeaky wheel, but the glue
that holds the company's needs
together at a click of the button.
Programmers are fans, too. Back
in the old days, we had COBOL/
RPG and some BASIC for programming on the system. Those
languages have been upgraded
into today's free form versions
that new users gravitate to.
4. IBM i is tough.
The database is truly bulletproof.
We have clients with hundreds
of millions of records in their
databases and it still continues to
deliver the requests in a second,
every single time. You can use
native RPG or SQL and still
expect the same result. I've never
had a client call and say, "That's
it, we've maxed your software
out. What do we do now?" That's
strictly because of the industrial
strength of IBM's Db2* database.
When something does go wrong,
IBM is there to help with disaster
recovery. I cannot tell you how
many of our clients have experienced both natural and manmade
disasters, including hurricanes,
floods, fires, 9/11, sprinkler
system malfunctions, wildfires,
earthquakes, tornadoes and more.
We seem to always have one or
more clients with a vital situation.
5. Attend conferences
Going to these types of events
can provide you with valuable
networking, perspective and
information on new technologies.
I just came back from the Driveway to Watson* training class at
IBM Rochester. The technology
is incredible-your IBM i can talk
directly to Watson. Watson can
not only perform serious analytics on your data but also pull
data from so many other sources.
Using this data in conjunction can
answer questions you never could
before, such as, "Watson, what
is the increase of our sales on the
weekends as opposed to during
the week?" And attending the
COMMON Conference taught me,
"Monty, it's IBM i, not an AS/400."
Everything has changed from
the original box. We just feel
things have stayed the same
because we can still bring
our RPG along. But new
IBM i enhancements include
everything from new languages
to incorporating open source
(including Python, Ruby, nodejs
and Java*), and improved performance to rocket-fast SQL.