System i Developer, the consortium of top educators on IBM i development technologies, today announces the addition of several new resources in their online IBM iAdvocate Resource repository. This freely accessible repository provides IBM i professionals with compelling data and presentation materials that they can use to communicate the strengths of IBM i as a business application platform to their colleagues and management.
A key addition to the repository is a presentation—complete with speaker notes—entitled 25 Years of IBM i Innovation. Originally developed by IBM’s Ian Jarman to celebrate the system's 25-year history, the presentation’s clever vignettes have been used around the world to highlight the unique strengths of the platform. The repository also includes a companion white paper.
“The 25 Years of IBM i Innovation materials are as a great way of educating the IBM i illiterate using simple, everyday comparisons,” says Susan Gantner, partner at System i Developer. “The stories are interesting and memorable, and they drive home just why the IBM i is the strongest platform for business.”
Jarman shared personal insights into the development of the vignettes during his Keynote address at the RPG & DB2 Summit on October 15.
Other iAdvocate resources include new benchmark results for SAP on IBM i as well as independent cost/benefit research findings for SAP on IBM i.
“The truly exciting thing about this new research is the fact that the brand-new, much-touted in-memory HANA database couldn't beat good ol' DB2 for i!” exclaims Gantner.
“In spite of all the hype from SAP and Oracle, our very own DB2 for i has had in-memory capability for 25 years—35 if you count the System/38! Mike Cain set that record straight on his blog. It speaks to our database's efficiency for any business application, not just SAP.”
The iAdvocate repository is one component of System i Developer’s iAdvocate program, which was designed to arm RPG & DB2 Summit attendees with the skills, information and confidence to advocate for IBM i — and their own careers — within their own shops.
The second component of the iAdvocate program is interactive skills training at each RPG & DB2 Summit via a main tent session developed by IBM’s Mike Cain. The iAdvocate Tutorial and Discussion focuses on exploring techniques to 1) articulate the IBM i message and 2) get into the position to influence decision makers within our organizations.