More Reader Feedback On Power8 Processing Power And What Matters
September 29, 2014 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Sorry for the delay in thanking you, but I have just returned from TEN weeks consulting in Singapore to rescue another AS/400 customer whose chief developer died as they were about to start a Singapore plant (12 time zones away). Plus continuing consulting when I would much rather be relaxing on my deck (the customer licensed RTPA, which is why I went to Singapore and continue consulting).
I worked 12 hours a day at the plant (24 by 7 operation) as the ONLY IT person, plus 2 hours a day traveling in a van from my $10,000 a month luxury hotel. Not easy at age 75, but gratifying as I was working directly with the CEO.
My key point is that the old AS/400 in-house computer- and programmer-centric and incredibly expensive environment is now being replaced by the tens of thousands as the staff retires (with their accumulated knowledge) or dies, except for the few that I am saving with RTPA and distributed services (remote data centers).
It would be very helpful for me and perhaps for anyone dumb enough to be considering developing productivity tools for the System/i to know how many System i customers are actively using RPG, COBOL, CLP, CLP, PL/I, etc., compilers and software packages written in them, as each and every one of them MUST dramatically increase their productivity and competitiveness and reduce cost now to survive. (Not necessarily developing but still running their companies with code understood only in the heads of programmers alive or dead).
My next copyrighted articles include “It’s the Data, stupid” and “The Future of Corporate Programming” subtitle “The End of Programmer Centric Computing.”
THANKS again for trying in your own way, and yes you and your staff can do much more.
Timothy, stay alive and be well.
Paul H. Harkins, president, Harkins Audit Software
Thought provoking, as always. Let us know when those articles are out and where, and we will bootnote it here. And as for casing the state and number of programmers out there in The Land Of The i, I will give it a shot by trying to get people who know about it to give us a sense. But I think no one really knows.
P.S. Paul has one hell of a resume, which you can see here (PDF).