Well, I'm hear to tell you that is a major sign that the end is near. Microsoft has been aggressively attacking the platform with extremely viable alternatives for several years including the implementation of plan to attack IBM i software vendors and get them to use Windows technology.
Oracle was one of IBM's biggest software partners. Its PeopleSoft line of products, JD Edwards software, etc. all ran on IBM platforms with JD Edwards being one of Oracle's largest ERP packages on IBM i.
When Oracle announced its acquisition of Sun Micro Systems, the end for IBM i was sealed in concrete. The move by Oracle to withdraw support for MySQL is just the first step. Keep in mind that Oracle owns Java (Java is NOT open source and never has been).
I watch a number of old IBM i related discussion forums and watch the media. Sadly, IBM may believe its BS as well as many of the pundits posting to various forums (who happen to make their living from IBM i).
There is no future for IBM i and this move by Oracle is a major wake up call. If your company is running RPG base IBM i applications, move them to anything else and any other platform! There are several excellent companies that can help you move them.
Get rid of the old line RPG Programmers and IBM i focused IT folks. Just flat fire them. It is time to reinvent IT.
I think the day of developing computer programs and applications in-house is a thing of the past. I think the concept of owning your own server class computers (i.e. the IBM i, the IBM xSeries or IBM Power Sytesms) is probably a thing of the past.
This note is really addressed to managers and executives of companies currently using IBM i based hardware. Here is my message.
- Find an independent consultant with no ties to any hardware platform.
- Look at what is best for your business and not about technology or IT.
- Take a close look at your IT organization. Do you need to reinvent it? I mean fire everyone and start over!
- Reinvent computer systems support in an entirely new business model, no more programmers!
This includes the IBM i, xSeries, and Power Systems. These are all old legacy technologies. They represent a very big cash cow to IBM who continues to act as if they are the future. They will not survive.
IBM's big failure is focusing its sales initiatives on IT executives and technologists. Letting PhD's in Computer Science run the company. IBM is no longer an innovator or technology leader. While they are huge and have over $95 Billion in revenue, they cannot sustain their business model into the future. Mark my words, the end is near for this once great company.
I find this a truly sad state of affairs. Lou Gerstner and Sam Palmisano have taken one of the worlds greatest companies and brought it to its knees.
Oh well, the world changes and its time to move on.
Read the original at Bob Cancilla on IBM i.