January 23, 2019 Alex Woodie
what will happen in the IBM i community this year? possibly IBM will launch a public cloud service? Or IBM i stores will discover the funds to get busy with application modernization? It’s in reality any one’s wager, which is why IT Jungle solicited predictions from favourite names within the community to get their tackle what's going to ensue this 12 months.
the broader IT community is relocating straight away to adopt subsequent-gen construction methodologies, and people will increasingly find their method into the IBM i community in 2019, predicts Dan Magid, vp of solution income with Rocket application.
“In 2019 they will see increasing adoption of cloud materials for IBM i,” he continues. “Now that there are IBM i cloud solutions that supply the ability to spin up virtual IBM i programs and associated networks with just just a few clicks of the mouse, they can see more purchasers relocating examine and production workloads to the cloud. And with the start of Cloud Storage options for IBM i, greater customers will recognize the value of changing tape backups with backups to the Cloud. software vendors will more and more sell hosted, SaaS versions of their application as opposed to versions delivered on premises.”
We saw indications of revitalization of the Domino product line in 2018, and that revitalization will continue in 2019, predicts Kim Greene, principle at Kim Greene Consulting.
“The Domino product will make first-rate growth at gaining returned its market share and should move from being a ‘Contender’ within the G2 Crowd Grid for Low-Code construction systems to being a ‘leader’. it'll also make a come-returned on the IBM i platform as Domino is synonymous with the IBM i in its scalability, integration, protection and reliability.”
2018 ended with some damage emotions over Rational Developer for IBM i (RDi) – particularly over IBM’s refusal to present a free version referred to as RDi Lite. Marinus van Sandwyke, the CEO of TEMBO Tech Lab, hopes for improved issues in 2019.
“We in reality hope that IBM and HelpSystems will carefully accept as true with ways wherein they can aid the SMB faithful, to transition to RDi,” van Sandwyke writes. “The limitations of entry, specifically considering the initial can charge and steep preliminary learning curve, combined with preliminary productivity have an effect on almost immediately after adoption, is cause for critical problem. it is critical for them to renowned that there is an immense flaw or hole between the any pre-V9.5 release of RDi and ADTS.
“We consider there will a swift increase in consolidation of companies, with two to a few essential institutional players within the acquisition spree. The existing appetite and demanding conflict-chests of funding, bodes neatly for the put in base. They accept as true with that the put in base will improve a more robust understanding and appreciation of what open source can mean to them. confidently the existing love affair with PASE might be tempered with pragmatic realism.
“optimistically the actual differentiating and entertaining qualities of IBM i will once once more be mentioned and leveraged. The value of transactional and commercial statistics will develop into even more essential and strategic to companies, because the 4IR [fourth industrial revolution] and associated applied sciences start maturing.”
IBM said first rate increase for IBM i-based mostly vigor methods income in 2018. Pete Massiello, the CEO of iTech solutions community, thinks 2019 should be even greater.
“2019 goes to be one of the most appropriate years ever for the IBM i neighborhood,” Massiello writes. “IBM has publicly stated (see chart under), that the next edition of IBM i, at present referred to as iNext, is popping out sometime this yr. I even have considered what's in this unencumber, and in my view this unlock will have essentially the most spectacular aspects and capabilities that have ever been part of an OS unlock. i know it is lots to say, however I had a large number of demonstrations, and i become very impressed. IBM has again publicly pointed out that there are two releases in the planning stages after 7.3, when the next release is announced it could be top notch if IBM continues that assist for two further releases. The existing models of iNext and iNext+1 are scheduled to be supported until 2027 and past 2028, could they see the subsequent version of iNext+1 to be supported into 2030? Or in all probability except 2032? that would be amazing information for the IBM i community, and eventually eliminate as soon as and for all that stupid thought that IBM i is going away.
“the size-out POWER9 servers will quickly be one year historical, and here at iTech options, they are seeing more and more customers moving to these new greater effective servers,” Massiello continues. “Upgrading from a POWER7+ to a POWER9 we're seeing CPW performance advancements anywhere from 84 p.c to 117 % depending on the processor. Even upgrading from a POWER8 to a POWER9 we're seeing CPW performance improvements of forty % to 51 p.c. With aid going away for many POWER6 and POWER7 servers this 12 months, they are able to see even more clients relocating to POWER9 servers, which give stronger performance at a reduce can charge. it's an outstanding combination. The POWER6 has actually been supported too long, however the POWER7 servers can still run the gamut of OS releases 7.1, 7.2, and seven.three. The POWER7 servers received’t run the next free up of IBM i, so that you can take talents of the brand new liberate will require you to be on POWER8 or POWER9 servers. additionally, with the brand new POWER9 servers only operating IBM i 7.2 and seven.3, they are seeing extra shoppers relocating ahead to the latest releases. ultimate year, here at iTech solutions they did simply over 400 OS enhancements, that was a listing for three hundred and sixty five days, however suggests that people are relocating ahead.
“Will 2019 be the final yr of the spinning disk?” the former ordinary president muses. “while you may suppose that's a bold commentary, if it isn’t this yr, it is going to probably be next 12 months. The cost of each SSD and Flash continue to drop, and also you don’t see the disk manufacturers growing faster spinning drives, I consider their demise is soon. we're installation more and more systems with solely SSDs, and in every circumstance the customer is ecstatic with the performance. As Flash becomes extra commonplace, SSD expenses will continue to drop, making these better alternate options to spinning drives within the reach of every person.”
IBM i stores will be pressured to reckon with the potentially disruptive intersection of technological evolution and business tendencies, in accordance with the crystal ball owned via Marcel Sarrasin, the vice president of advertising and enterprise construction at Fresche solutions.
“2019 should be a yr of company disruption, exploration, and strategic planning for IBM i stores,” Sarrasin writes. “they will think drive from enhanced rivals who make improved use of know-how to carry greater cost to their clients.
“Digital transformation will substitute modernization because the large buzz note for bettering applications however will even have a great deal greater of a enterprise standpoint,” he continues. “The ERP implementation period is coming to an conclusion; the focus can be on modernization of ‘particularly custom-made’ customer cost functions. Modernization plans will go past the UI and consist of infrastructure, database, re-architecting and enterprise tactics.
“There may be a much better implementation of agile application development to respond to company needs sooner,” Sarrasin writes. “checking out will play a greater vital position as companies’ re-architect and modularize their code to improve APIs and microservices. Open supply will continue to develop with even more IBM i retail outlets using php, Node.js and Python. IBM’s these days announced aid functions will aid this growth.
“Cognitive will gain more traction, but they predict most stores to still be extra in the exploration section,” he concludes. “They’ll take small steps in studying more about it and dabbling with Watson, connecting their IBM i statistics to it and the use of predictive analytics.”
stay tuned to next week’s issue of the newsletter, after they wrap up predictions.