** This thread discusses the article: The iSeries: The Once and Future King **
Joe, I have always shared your enthusiasm for the iSeries (i5) and native development. I have yet to see an application in the Java world that could not be replicated natively on the iSeries. The problem is IBM needs to turn around and preach to the congregation not the choir. True they are spending mega bucks in advertisements, but I have yet to see one marketing rep in our company that is promoting the iSeries as a complete solution. Why? A move to Java, Websphere e-Commerce, Portal would require new hardware sales. Now isn't the real profits there for IBM. I share yours and everyone's enthusiasm for the native iSeries development, I will simmer down my optimism for IBM's announcement until they make them a reality.