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In all my years consulting, it is amazing how often I see an almost 'us
-vs- them' mentality, where we are the IBM i team.
I could regale you with many stories where this mentality hurt the
company, and nearly none where it helped.
VERY often someone rather high in I.T., perhaps a CTO or even CEO gets
fed the biggest lie in all of I.T.: "IBM i is just AS/400 with a coat of
black paint. It's old, incapable, and needs to go away."
This paints the IBM i team into a corner putting them on the back foot,
in a defensive position. Then sadly, all too often, it's discovered
that the IBM i team has been treating the platform like it IS an AS/400!
They continue using record level I/O, building new subfile programs, and
writing in fixed form RPG/400 with SEU. They've given the boss all the
ammunition he needs.
Also it's frequently discovered that the server itself was sold as a
'one purpose machine.' It was configure to run just an ERP package. No
room for growth, no ability to add additional partitions (Virtual
Machines), no ability to use advanced technologies like remote copy,
flash copy, live partition migration, and such. As a consequence even
if the boss throws the IBM i team a bone: "Hey, can't that server run
Linux? I have an app that we need that might fit well there." But the
server has no HMC, no spare memory, no available disk and acquiring them
will take took long, so "Just put it on VMWare."
And as a consequence, all too often: "We have met the enemy, and he is us!"
On 3/13/2023 5:35 AM, Patrik Schindler wrote:
Am 13.03.2023 um 02:05 schrieb Jack Woehr via MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
Allows quick changes for stuff that isn't accessed outside the team without bothering the IT department and keeps things private and friendly.
Am I wrong by assuming IBM i is also related to IT? At least, it's a computer/server.
Maybe the companies I have been working with are just too small to have different teams for different parts of IT at large. Maybe Germany job culture is a lot less intra-company-competitive than some management principles used in the U.S. suggest. But your statement reinforces the common perception round here about "those AS/400 guys" to be somewhat alien to IT departments, traditionally doing their thing their way on "their island". :-)
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