Sponsored Content: An i for the Future

I have been working in the midrange computing field nearly 50 years now—most of that time on the systems that have evolved into the platform we now know as IBM i. During the early days of the platform, I felt that I knew quite a lot about almost every aspect of the system. Later, as the system’s capabilities increased, I began to focus on application development. Today, the growing breadth of just the application development sector forces me to resign myself to predominantly being an expert in the field of RPG. Not as if that’s a bad thing, of course.

So much new capability is added to the system on an almost-daily basis, it’s hard to just keep up with all the acronyms, let alone what they actually mean.

But while I, like many of you, I’m sure, struggle to keep up with the pace of change on the system, it’s all for the good. These new capabilities are attracting many young, dynamic programmers, like my fellow Champions Liam Allan and Stephanie Rabbani. And the more, the merrier, say I.

Along with this new blood has come an increase in interest from the media. eWeek recently proclaimed “IBM i: The Most Amazing IBM Product You’ve Never Heard Of.” That’s something that those of us familiar with IBM i have been saying for many years now, and I’m so happy to see others outside of our immediate community begin to realize it.

Jon Paris

Nicknamed “the father of RPG IV” due to his major role in the definition of the language and promoting its use in its infancy, Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on providing application development skills education for IBM i shops.