IBM Markets Power Systems-i Through an Email Blast
April 4, 2011 Timothy Prickett Morgan
I may not be a formal member of the IBM i choir, but I do stand in the back where there aren’t any pews and sing along in three-part harmony most weeks. Which is why sending me marketing material on the Power Systems and IBM i combination is like preaching to the choir.
That is exactly what IBM did in my email last week, and I must say I am happy about it. Not because I need spam clogging up my email, but because it shows that IBM–not its business partners, but Big Blue itself–is actually doing something about trying to peddle IBM i platforms. Here’s the message I got:
The page that IBM linked to in the email didn’t support Google‘s Chrome browser, which is not a particularly huge problem. But Mozilla/Firefox/Chrome account for about a third of users now. (OK, so maybe that is a big deal.) I have Windows 7 Ultimate Edition on my machine and use the 64-bit Internet Explorer browser as a backup to Chrome, and that didn’t work either because Adobe Flash doesn’t support the 64-bit browser except in a preview release. Once I stepped over to the 32-bit Internet Explorer, the page had a case study of six Dutch regional governments putting SAP applications on i boxes, plus an International Technology Group price/performance study from January 2010, the October 2010 performance report for Power Systems (which has some IBM i benchmark data), a quick reference to the Power7 server family, and a one page brief on the systems.
It ain’t much. But it’s a start. Some updated case studies would be nice, and what about companies supporting homegrown code? I mean, that is a lot of the customer base, right?