Friday, March 04, 2005

New iSeries Bishop

Bishop Michael Borman after only six months has been promoted to cardinal and taking his place as the latest in a series of iSeries church leaders for marketing is Bishop Mark Shearer. Reading the article I couldn't help but feel a sense of dread. How often have we heard that our little corner of computerdom was finally going to be properly marketed only to see even poorer results down the road?

The problem of course is that our lord Ib'm wants to be all things to all people. As a strategy for the church as a whole it probably works, but it also means that the little niche sects don't get the attention they deserve and our little iSeries world becomes smaller and smaller as the years unfold. The last conference I attended I noticed that there were no young people there. Everyone was middle aged and that's not good.

We would have been better off if Pope John Akers had been allowed to continue with his vision to dissolve the larger church into smaller totally independent units. The iSeries sect would have flourished because it would have been able to preach its own sermon and promote itself. Instead we're a small niche in a huge organization that itself is preaching one sermon to a diverse world and we can't survive that.

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