Last Chance to Take the 2011 Top i Concerns Survey
June 20, 2011 Timothy Prickett Morgan
The AS/400 turns 23 this week, as we point out elsewhere in this issue of The Four Hundred, and this is your platform as much as anyone else’s. That is why you should take a few moments and participate in the Top i Concerns survey, which is one of the few ways that the joes and janes of the IBM midrange have a chance to send some input more or less directly to Big Blue.
The Top i Concerns survey is being conducted by COMMON Europe, which had hoped to have a representative number of participants ahead of the holiday and its conference in Milan, Italy. But people were busy during the holiday, so Deshpande Ranga, vice president and events manager at COMMON Europe and the Top Concerns project lead, extended the survey participation date to June 24.
As the name suggests, the Top i Concerns survey that COMMON Europe does solicits input from the OS/400 and i community about what their main issues are regarding the platform. This is the sixth global Top Concerns survey that COMMON Europe has put together on behalf of the entire OS/400 and i community–and participation is not just limited to people who work at midrange shops in Europe, but is both global and multilingual, spanning the whole Power i community in Europe, the Americas, Australasia, Africa through user groups and anyone that can get to the site from the Web to take the survey. The 2011 survey covers security, application development, infrastructure, and cloud computing issues as well as basic demographic questions; it also provides an open space to write in your own “golden concerns” or ask questions about current economic and Power/IBM i migration issues.
COMMON Europe is giving away seven Apple iPods as prizes chosen at random from the pools of people taking the survey. There will be one each given to Web respondents coming from Africa, the Americas, Australasia, and Europe, plus three more from attendees who voted directly from the COMMON Europe Conference 2011, which was hosted in Milan, Italy, May 23 through 25.
You can participate in the survey at this link. The survey is available in English, Italiano, Français, and Deutsch.