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Is Anyone Still Buying Software for IBM i?
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Published: 20 Feb 2013
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Posted by: clbirk
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Posted: 6 years 6 months 28 days 7 hours 7 minutes ago

I believe that some of it is the "cheap" cost of pc software. From "free" to relatively inexpensive to accomplish the function. For example, I can get for free "ecommerce website software" (magento as an example).

I looked at last common show a software for a mobile device. The cost is $10K a year for the ibmi platform...

 

I realize that the programmer has to make money, but...

 

I also wonder if it has to do with it then having to be customized to fit what you need... PC users feel pretty stuck in changing their ways of doing things to fit the software, where as midrange users have wanted the software to do it their way and would not consider the other option.

 

chris

Posted by: Paulster
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Posted: 6 years 6 months 27 days 19 hours 46 minutes ago

Changed rules! New tendencies!

My customerbase splits in two equal groups that mirror the market all too well. The one half is building hot new modern stuff and uses free stuff combined with buying licenses if the free stuff is good enough. The other half is moving to other none IBM platforms.

So no, nothing is what it used to a decade ago. Strategy: adapt! By the looks of things, you can sell licenses if the software is in high demand, otherwise you give it away and live on support and tweaking. Sounds very much like MySql prior to Oracle...

Posted by: GFuste
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Posted: 6 years 6 months 27 days 17 hours 21 minutes ago

I think that times have changed.  Us RPG / AS400 programmers and systems folk are getting on in years at our professions.  The "new" kids are all coming into the IT world with visions of Java and .net in their heads.  They want to build their IT systems on windows platforms.  The AS400 is an antiquated dinosaur for them.  They'd rather live in a world of blue screens, rebooting and memory leaks.  They can possibly understand the sheer genius in the design of the OS 400 system and its legendary reliability.  They enjoy their apps and upgrades and constant changes that may or may not be compatible with the current release of jelly donut software.  In our AS400 world it all works and works right.  What's that old saying?  "If you coded in RPG you'd be done by now".  It's true.  Look around your office and see how long it takes to develop java/.net based GUI apps.  It's insane.

 

The new IT world is designed to require too many people and too many versions of software.  It's geared to sell product from development to user.  Period.

Posted by: neilrh
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Jackson, MI
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Posted: 6 years 6 months 27 days 16 hours 36 minutes ago

Added to which. I can write an android or iphone app and have a potential customer base of plenty lots. OR I can write an AS400 app and have a customer base of 5? It ain't rocket science to figure even with a cheap product more customers = more income. Why do oil companies make so much money on such a relatively cheap product? Because EVERYONE buys lots of it. If everyone bought 60 iphones/month imagine how much Apple Corp would be worth.

Posted by: Ringer
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Posted: 6 years 6 months 27 days 13 hours 18 minutes ago

We bought Aldon change management software a year ago. Was getting too complicated to promote code and file changes from dev to production box. Plus auditors want that responsibility removed from developers at some point.

Posted by: johnd01
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Posted: 6 years 6 months 20 days 12 hours 10 minutes ago

We are leaving the Iseries and going to Microsoft AX, so no more IBM software for us.  I've been here 7 years and the ISeries has gone down once, Can't wait to see how many time the have to reboot the Microsoft servers when we go live.