COMMON Recap: IBM i is alive and well

It was great to see those of you who attended last week’s COMMON Conference and our PHP reception in Anaheim. There was so much positive energy at this year’s event.

Pete Massiello kicked off the opening session with a motivational presentation on the IBM i’s bright future. If you’re interested in details about the keynote speech, which mentioned double-digit revenue growth for IBM i, please read IT Jungle’s recap.

We always enjoy catching up with all of our IBM i friends. Plenty of Quadrant and BCD customers stopped by our brand-new booth and some even showed us the solutions they’ve created using our tools. We had a large amount of staff on hand to demo our new releases, including the upcoming WebSmart PHP Z-Ray extension and Presto 6.1.

From left to right: Marcel Sarrasin and Steve Woodard (Quadrant and BCD Software) Tim Rowe (IBM), Amy Anderson (Zend)

We’re continuing to see a lot interest in application modernization and mobile, which were the topics of our sessions. It was also clear to me that our customers really see the value of our products and services. I heard many existing customers say that the support for our solutions are the best they’ve had, and that our products are intuitive and perform “better than spec.” One customer even mentioned that they do 27,000 faxes a day with FastFax. Another customer has created over 2,000 RPG applications with ProGen Plus and hundreds of web applications with WebSmart ILE.

We also co-hosted a PHP reception with Zend that many IBM i-on-PHP experts and developers attended. It was incredible to showcase our partnership with Zend and hear what people are accomplishing with PHP on IBM i.

We look forward to seeing you in Ft. Lauderdale this fall!

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