Time Is Running Out To Take The IBM i Marketplace Survey
October 25, 2023 Timothy Prickett Morgan
By now, you are no doubt getting a little tired of us asking you to take the annual IBM i Marketplace Survey. It is beginning to sound a little bit too much like NPR and PBS during pledge drives. And for that, we truly apologize. But, we do want to have as many of you take the survey so we get the best sense of what is happening in the IBM i base that we can get.
The results of this survey are an invaluable resource for the IBM i community. This is particularly true since IDC, Gartner, Forrester, and the other IT market researchers and consultancies have long since stopped tracking Power Systems in any kind of detail and certainly don’t spend a lot of time on the IBM i portion of it. Big Blue itself may have lots of insight into its customer base, but it certainly shares very little of that information with the IBM i community. (We get dribs and drabs, here and there.)
So the only way we can figure out what is happening in the IBM i market is for you to tell us. More precisely, we need you to take the tenth annual survey, which is put together by Fortra, which will only be open for a bit longer and which you can take at this link.
As you know, we use the raw information from the survey to build models of the installed base that, we think, more accurately reflect what is going on in the base. As we have said many times, we think that the IBM i professionals that keep their hardware and systems software relatively current are also the ones who take surveys, go to trade shows, attend webinars, and read publications, and that some of the survey results – particularly those relating to the vintage of Power Systems machines and OS/400, i5/OS, and IBM i releases – represent the distribution across these customers with some processionals who work at companies with systems that are lagging a bit behind the pack. But a lot of customers on vintage systems don’t take the survey, even if they do come to IT Jungle for tech tips or for other insight or for comfort.
But we need the raw data to build those IBM i installed base models, and that is why we are asking you to take some time and take the IBM i Marketplace Survey once again.
We thank you, as always.
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