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November 19, 2008

Father of AS/400 retiring from IBM

Word that Dr. FrankSoltis, the father of the AS/400 also known as Dr. i,  is leaving IBM"s Rochester campus drifted my way earlier this week.

Here's a clip from a System i Network column by Chris Maxcer quotes from Soltis about what is going on:

SoltisCOMMON I did, however, catch up with Soltis via email and asked him about his upcoming retirement and what he's interested in doing next. Here's a snip:

I have been one of the strongest advocates of using common hardware and software technologies in all our systems. With the Power Systems announcement in April, we have accomplished much of this sharing. In the future, IBM developers need to focus more on this cross-system sharing instead of the individual systems. I have spent my entire career at IBM working on one system, and it has been a great career. I could not see myself working on anything else, so I decided it was a good time to retire.

I did agree to spend this year traveling around the world talking to System i customers and business partners about Power Systems and what this unification of i and p means to them. I am currently in Canada meeting with various customer groups. Tomorrow [today, actually], I will be in Toronto speaking at TUG. This is one of our best user groups, and I always enjoy speaking to this group.

My official retirement date is December 31st. After that date I am looking forward to finishing some of the many projects I have started. The pile of parts that has been in my garage for over a year may even turn into a car. I plan to do more teaching, and I may even finish another book that I have started.

Soltis also mentioned that he plans to stay involved with the i world through some business partner and user group activities, though he's not yet sure how that might shake out.

"I don't think it is possible for me to entirely leave the System i community," he added. "Nor do I want to.

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