IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - 4
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BOWMAN
A Cause (and a Pause)
vividly remember my great-grandmother's 106th birthday. The nursing home staff had prepared 106 purple
balloons, and her friends and family (myself included)
walked to a field across the street where we watched them
drift across the Minnesota prairie against a bluebird sky.
As her namesake, Clara's quiet determination, no-frills
ethos and penchant for eating cookies for breakfast have had
a lasting impact on me. A German immigrant and lifelong
farmer, she didn't understand why everyone was making such
a fuss about another trip around the sun. But by living during
three centuries, she witnessed how the arrival of electricity, the
interstate and the internet transformed her rural community.
It's an experience that very few have shared.
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of the
AS/400. And while clients around the world laud IBM i for "just
working," now is the time to reflect on the incredible capabilities
of the OS and the community that has sprung up around it. In
this month's issue, we do just that. Turn to the cover story on
page 20 to read what Steve Will, chief architect for IBM i, and
Dave Nelson, director of IBM i, have to say about the future of
the platform. In "Better Together" on page 26, clients, business
partners, user group leaders and education providers share their
thoughts on IBM i and the community that supports the platform.
IBM i Offering Manager Alison Butterill echoes that sentiment
in "Partnering for Success" on page 38. And "Built for Business
Innovation" on page 34 describes how the five architectural
principles of IBM i contribute to the platform's success today.
We also look ahead at the future of IBM i-a big part of
which is introducing young IT talent to the platform. Read
about these newcomers and the work they're doing on the
platform in the Fresh Faces supplement packaged with this
month's issue. Next, turn to "Developing the Future" on
page 30 to read how IBM implements client feedback into
development efforts that keep the platform modern and vital
for businesses around the globe. Lastly, IBMer Jesse Gorzinski
explains why IBM i developers should consider open-source
languages in "Open Your Toolbox" on page 18.
Elsewhere in this issue, we examine why clients should
consider IBM Cloud* Private for their virtualization efforts
(page 14), what changes the IBM POWER9* processor is
bringing to the Hardware Management Console (page 11) and
how storage technology is shifting to meet cloud and cognitive
demands (page 47).
IBM i has been the reliable IT backbone of businesses
around the globe for three decades, and it's just getting
started. Take a second to reflect on that incredible
accomplishment-and consider the innovations yet to
come-as you read this month's issue.
Claire Walling // Managing Editor
CONTRIBUTOR // Nick Daniels
Nick Daniels is an editorial assistant with IBM Systems Magazine. A recovering sports reporter, Nick is enjoying the chance to write about some new topics for a change. Besides, he's
found a refreshing beer pairs much better with a baseball game than a reporter's notepad
ever did. Read Nick's Q & A with Tim Rowe and Scott Forstie on page 30.
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