IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - 26
User groups, education programs, clients and business partners coalesce
to create the vibrant IBM i community
By Emily Peterson k Illustration by Tim Boelaars
BM i is more than an OS or a bunch of servers humming away in a data center-it's a vibrant community
that's more than the sum of its parts, and that's been the case since the platform's inception 30 years ago.
To illustrate that point, IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems edition caught up with user group leaders,
business partners, clients and the IBM Power Systems* Academic Initiative to get their take on the IBM i
community and the future of the platform.
What do you consider to be the most valuable
attribute of IBM i?
Aligned with IBM's pioneering history, IBM i is incredibly powerful and adaptable and progressive. It can do everything that's
needed, but not enough people know it. IBM i needs to always
evolve, innovate and adapt according to customers' existing
and future needs, and it needs to arrive in advance, like the
leader it is. -Laura Hamway, founder, MAGiC user group
What are the key differentiators between IBM i
and other OSes?
The overall simplicity and broad capabilities of IBM i make members of the community believe, and rightfully so, that solving just
about any business automation challenge is a relatively simple affair.
Moreover, the system likely already includes the features and capabilities needed to solve the challenge. -Manzoor Siddiqui,
executive director, COMMON
"The overall simplicity and broad capabilities
of IBM i make members of the community
believe, and rightfully so, that solving just
about any business automation challenge is
a relatively simple affair."
-Manzoor Siddiqui, executive director, COMMON
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