IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - 27
What makes IBM i users
unique compared to other
IBM i users are a close-knit
community. MAGiC members
aim to help each other learn
and succeed, regardless of
experience or whether they're
competitors in their fields. They
value networking among peers
from other companies who are
doing the same things they are.
They get energized by all of the
possibilities they weren't aware
of, and they get excited to try
them out. -Laura Hamway
What sets the IBM i
IBM i's ease of use, investment protection, reliability and
availability make it a rock-solid
business platform, and our clients know it and are passionate
about it. -Dawn May, former
IBM liaison, IBM i Large User
What attributes will
keep IBM i vibrant and
relevant in the future?
IBM i is relevant and will remain
relevant because of its capability and its adaptability. Over
time, i responded quickly to new
technology opportunities and
gave the community new and
better ways to solve business
challenges. Over the same
period, the IBM Power Systems platform also responded
to growing needs by supplying
remarkably better performance
without ever forcing I users to
change one line of software
code. -Manzoor Siddiqui
What do you consider to be the most valuable attribute of IBM i?
Security. And people are worried about security in everything that they're
doing. You can't pick up a newspaper or read anything online without
hearing about the latest security vulnerability out there. People who run
on IBM i, they're still very, very secure. That's something they've counted
on forever and it's still there today. -Andy Youniss, CEO and president,
What are the key differentiators between IBM i and other OSes?
Reliability, integration, security and the solutions portfolio come together
to make a great system. -Alex Roytman, founder and CEO,
What makes IBM i users unique compared to other platform/IT
They demand more. They absolutely require availability and reliability and
security. IBM administrators expect industrial strength in everything.
What sets the IBM i community apart?
IBM i IT professionals tend to be passionate and devoted to the platform.
They really appreciate its benefits. There's now also a unique blend between older and younger people that work on the platform, which is why
you often see legacy applications integrate and work well with new and
open-source technologies. Many people in the community, both younger
and older, evangelize the platform and are influencers in their
organizations to maintain and modernize the i. -Alex Roytman
What attributes will keep IBM i vibrant and relevant in the future?
It provides ease of management, integration and support for many
solutions, including native and open source applications. All of these
features are timeless in their value and speak to the vision of the system's
architects when they initially designed the technology decades ago.
-Randy Watson, president, MPG
ibmsystemsmag.com JUNE 2018 // 27