IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - 28
What do you consider to be the most
valuable attribute of IBM i?
As the big data revolution changes the way
businesses operate, growing emphasis is
placed on robust and reliable infrastructures. High-performance analytics, seamless transactions and impenetrable security
are the requirements of the day. IBM i on
Power Systems is the best reply. -Ranga
Deshpande, president, COMMON Europe
What attributes will keep IBM i vibrant
and relevant in the future?
Things like IBM Watson*, the user conferences, open source, the ability to maintain
and modernize legacy source and the focus on continuous education are all things
that are going to keep IBM i a relevant
platform in the future. -Andrea Fletcher,
software engineer, Lincoln Heritage Life
What are the key differentiators
between IBM i and other OSes?
The integrated platform offers mobile access to its users; an agile, open-source environment to its developers; and high-performance, security, data encryption and
minimum disruptions to the business.
The IBM i roadmap goes officially until
2028 and the extended support assures
a minimum of five more years, something
just unheard of in the industry.
What makes IBM i users unique
compared to other platform/IT
I feel like IBM i users are unique in the fact
that they seem to be constantly looking
for ways to improve what they're doing by
expanding and sharing their knowledge. I
think that, in comparison to other platform
users, we're a relatively small group, so
that contributes to a feeling of togetherness, which I think is pretty unique.
What sets the IBM i community apart?
The IBM i community is a loyal, global community with lifelong volunteers
dedicated to the platform and their own
enhancement. Its members are torch bearers because they know that it's the best
platform. -Ranga Deshpande
"Things like IBM Watson, the user conferences,
open source, the ability to maintain and modernize legacy source and the focus on continuous
education are all things that are going to keep
IBM i a relevant platform in the future."
-Andrea Fletcher, software engineer, Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company
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