AS400 is Extinct, iSeries is Dead - Long Live "IBM i"

  • Posted on: 5 March 2014
  • By: NickLitten
ibm as400 is black not white

IBM Power Servers are NOT the same as the old IBM AS400 serversThis has been an ongoing argument disagreement in our IBM i and RPG programmer communities for well over a decade: Should IBM have changed the name when the launched the replacement for the old AS/400 computer? Many people using the latest IBM i servers still enjoy calling it "the 400" but the big problem with this is that non-technical people (often management) hear this and then think they are still using the huge old fashioned pre-internet computer system of yesteryear.

A simplified history of The 400:

Hardware: The AS400 was a minicomputer system introduced in the 1980's. In the 1990's it was replaced by the iSeries system. In the 2000's the iSeries was replaced by the System i. The System i was replaced by the current IBM Power System.

Software: Operating system has evolved and been rebranded with each new system hardware upgrade -- from OS400, thru I5/OS to the current grandchild of the old OS400 operating system called IBM i. That is an internet fact. 

I like to describe this as:

What does IT Consultant really mean?

  • Posted on: 12 November 2012
  • By: NickLitten
buzz lightyear was an ibm rpg programmer

being a computer programmer is a great jobI'm not a fan of the 'IT Consultant' moniker because its kind of generic, non-descriptive and dull.

Sadly, being called an 'IT Consultant' seems to be the industry standard for anyone tinkering with software on these computer things... so maybe I'm stuck with it. :(

I prefer describing myself as a Programmer in the same way that a person who is a Butcher, Dentist, Mechanic or Carpenter is clearly defined. But many business people like to see "Consultant" as part of a job title. many of my clients tell me that consultant sounds better than Programmer - even though I would rather proudly proclaim that I am a code monkey. *sigh* So, I'm back to writing 'IT Consultant' in any form that asks for job title. So I suppose in my case, being an IT Consultant means I am a software developer, IBM i evangelist, RPG language lover, Drupal enthusiast, software change management tinkerer, early adopter, proponent of open source and hopeless web addict. All of these things add up to one easy to chant mantra

"Yes, I am a Programmer and I am proud to Program - Veni, Vidi, Programmum"