I think you will see the iSeries market with a very small growth rate or even flat during 2003.
As great as a performer that the iSeries has been in the past, a lot of competition for the iSeries obviously will continue to be from the Unix/Aix camps. Corporations will move to operating systems such as Unix to be able to tap in to the ever-growing application base.
WebSphere with the J2EE environment is becoming more popular, with the likes of the large ERP applications utilizing these applications and environments. We will continue to see great growth in J2EE and Java as the alternative to Microsofts .NET world.
In regard to jobs, the switch will be on to bring in more object-oriented programming developers and Java developers as companies continue to move their focal points of their business onto the Internet. Thin (client) is in; Fat (client) is old hat. IT departments within corporations should look more and more at things such as J2EE and Java. They should start developing their people in these areas as the corporate landscape changes and business information becomes strategic. There are far too many companies out there that are entrenched in the green screen RPG environment (even though it works and is stable). They need to start positioning themselves for things like J2EE and Java or their business will suffer in the long run.
One doesn't have to be on the leading (or should I say bleeding) edge. It takes a little forward thinking and some reflecting on the past to see where technology is going. IT business has changed so much where IT use to dictate to the customer the direction to take. Now the customer will dictate to IT where the business should go.
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Dig Deeper on iSeries skills
iSeries shops are placing Web development and Web enablement at the top of their priority lists. But if you're just starting out, where do you begin? There are so many options that choosing the one right may seem like an impossible task.
Jim Mason, president of ebt-now, talked with assistant editor Deb Tart recently at the Northeast IBM User Conference in Framingham, Mass., about tools and techniques for developing for the Web and what his Web tool preferences are.