LANSA Takes the Pulse of the Midrange, Gives Away iPads
October 25, 2011 Alex Woodie
LANSA is trying to gauge the health of the global IBM i community in its iPulse survey, which is currently in its second year. If you’re interesting in participating–and who wouldn’t be, considering LANSA is giving away three iPad 2s–you have until October 31 to fill out the questionnaire.
LANSA is trying to top last year’s inaugural iPulse survey, which attracted 1,700 individual participants from IBM i shops in 50 countries and set a baseline for comparison for this year’s questions. The questions LANSA is asking include:
Last year’s iPulse results, which we covered here, indicated that the IBM i platform was not in imminent threat of being replaced at most organizations. More IBM i shops reported they were planning to bring new software to the platform and modernize 5250 apps compared to those idling in “maintenance mode” or planning or executing a migration to another application package or platform.
These were positive indicators of the health of the midrange, and showed there was a base of organizations committed to continue using the IBM i platform. However, LANSA 2010 survey (which wasn’t scientific, just as the 2011 survey does not pull from a random sample) also detected that a full 49 percent of respondents had a new software budget of zero. Let’s hope that number goes up in 2011.
You can take LANSA’s 2011 iPulse survey at www.ipulse2011.com/content/iPulse2011-EN?PR=PR. There are only four required questions (not including your contact information and role at your organization), and it should only take a minute or so. There are another 10 optional questions that ask you to name a “leading vendor” across 10 application areas, such as application development, business intelligence, security, and so on.
The deadline to take the survey is Halloween night. A week later, LANSA will begin the drawing for the iPad 2s, with one name pulled out of the hat for each of the three major global regions. Winners will be notified via email. With Christmas and the other year-end holidays just around the corner, and your loved ones expecting to find an iPad 2 wrapped beneath the tree, ask yourself: Can you afford not to participate?