A letter from Steve Sibley, IBM’s Vice President of Cognitive Systems, has been floating around for a couple of days now and it’s worth mentioning.
The letter starts by ensuring that we are in no doubt about the future of the IBM i platform:
I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm the commitment that IBM has made with regard to RPG, COBOL and the IBM i Development suite of tools. Recently, the team responsible for developing the compilers and tools for IBM i have moved into the IBM i Development organization. This will allow more synergy between the development of the languages and the development of the operating system.
The letter then goes into some specifics and concludes by saying:
IBM Power is committed to your success – to helping you realize business value from your applications and to extend that value with new business opportunities. We thank you for your business and your confidence in the future of one of the world’s most durable and productive platforms for business.
The IBM i is a robust and reliable machine with a strong future. It’s good to see IBM reaffirm this.
You can read the full letter here.