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May 17, 2010 Hey, TPM
Your untangling of the obscured IBM pricing is depressing. I listened carefully to IBM at COMMON, and asked a few questions myself.
They are 100 percent committed to the proposition that the i/OS eliminates need for as many IT personnel and that you will pay them instead of the personnel. It is built into everything they do and say, with code word “simplified” (as in their pricing–not). It is a serious mistake they will take the AS/400 down with until they change their ways, which will assuredly be too late.
I can’t imagine a person other than those who have grown to love the AS/400 and put up with all the name changes and other marketing nonsense buying into that particular sales pitch. But that’s their sales pitch, and we will live or die by it.
They may believe it, but they will have a hard time converting new followers to pay IBM beaucoup for Power IBM i (or whatever their strange name of the day is) and sort of run on autopilot with some kind of link to IBM to turn on and off cores and automanage itself, paying IBM all the way. It’s like an IBM marketing wet dream.
Of course, there’s some truth to it, but not to the extent of anyone believing IBM to pay extreme premiums for it. But that’s what IBM’s Total Cost ROI, blah, blah, blah, is all about, simply selling hope to C-level execs that they won’t need as many of those inscrutable IT people.
That is just so sad, when actually as I pointed out to them if OS/400 were written today by a Linux type group it would be considered revolutionary. Those inscrutable IT types would love it, and for the cost effectiveness, power, and security so would the C-level execs even if they don’t know what an object-based OS or single level storage was.
Simplified. Pay us big bucks instead of big bucks scruffy IT people. That’s what IBM is selling.
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