After a sterling run of more than 25 years, the IBM i is showing signs of wear as a platform. Veteran development-tool vendor LANSA shares its insights about where the i may be heading.
Written by John Ghrist
Some years ago—although it would be hard to get more than a handful of people to agree exactly when—the IBM i market became "mature." The numbers of new companies offering OEM software for the platform stopped growing. The frequency of new product announcements (other than upgrades of existing packages) began to decline. The enthusiasm with which IBM had touted the i for many years became diluted. The influx of hot, young programmers that characterized the platform's rise in the '90s abated.