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IBM i and the IoT
On the Bleeding Edge of MIMIX Adoption with APL Logistics
Relief for Third-Party Software Upgrade Paralysis
OpenLegacy's Modernization Approach Impresses New Partner
Going Off the Grid with IBM i Mobile Apps
IBM i Shops Can't Help But Look At Linux
Has Cloud ERP Reached a Tipping Point?
Cozzi Refines Data-Centric Ideas For IBM i Report Writer
IBM Offers Deep Discounts On Power-Linux Down Under
Crazy Idea #483: A Leveraged Buyout Of IBM i
IBM i ERP Vendor Finds Success With SaaS
Winning PHP App Pops IBM i Precepts
Agilysys Adds Mobile Manager For IBM i LMS Customers
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme! More Services And Global Variables Available For DB2 for i
A Fastpath To Open A Specific Member In RSE
IBM i Toolkit for Ruby, iit For Short

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Neuromorphic Processors Leading a New Double Life

Storage Converges On Media Moguls

Building New Bridges Across the Memory Gap

Cloudy Machine Learning For The Masses

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How In The Hell Will Any Cloud Ever Catch AWS?

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By now you've probably heard of the Internet of Things (IoT), or as some overzealous marketers like to call it, the Internet of Everything. By instrumenting data-emitting sensors into everyday items such as toasters, watches, and shirts, we'll be able to glean much more insight into the real-time state of ourselves and our world. It may sound heavy on the hype and light on substance today, but there's a good chance that the IoT could impact your standard business systems--including enterprise applications systems running on the IBM i platform.
Most IBM i shops, by and large, are conservative entities that adopt new releases of software only after extensive beta testing by others. But occasionally one encounters an early adopter that's willing to be on the bleeding edge of development--in exchange for certain benefits, of course. You can count the Arizona company APL Logistics in the latter category when it comes to its MIMIX high availability software from Vision Solutions.
In-house software development isn't nearly as prevalent as it once was. The cost to produce and maintain code, together with the do-more-with-less-staffing rule in many organizations, has de-emphasized home-grown software. Commercial software from the IBM ISV community, as a result, is gaining ground. That doesn't mean, however, that commercial software isn't customized--sometimes highly customized. And when upgrading a customized software package becomes difficult, companies sometimes put upgrades on hold--sometimes for a long time.
With its commercial open source business model, OpenLegacy is breaking the rules when it comes to the traditional ways that IBM i and mainframe software vendors sell their wares. But according to Treehouse Software's chief business development officer, it was the underlying technology in its application modernization suite that ultimately led it to become one of OpenLegacy's first North American business partners.
If you're going mobile with your IBM i apps, you're not alone. Every day, IBM i shops are giving their users the ability to access core applications from Android phones, iPads, and even the occasional Windows Mobile device. This can give your company a big productivity boost, especially considering that wireless Internet signals can be found everywhere--well, almost everywhere, anyway.
What's it going to take to get IBM midrange shops interested in running Linux on their Power Systems boxes? The references to better resiliency, better security, and better virtual machine density, (the capability to run more virtual machines on Power) are all well and good, but that alone won't get it done. It won't turn the tide, which is heavily in favor of running Linux on X86.
For years, we've been told that most server workloads will eventually move to the cloud because of the economies of scale advantages that it brings. So far, the big daddy of corporate computing--the centralized Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite--has mostly resisted the cloud. But according to Nucleus Research, ERP is now finally succumbing to the siren call of cloud computing.
When IBM invests in IBM i, the database is first in line. In terms of "people hours" nothing comes close to the work being done on the database. When new versions of the operating system arrive, it's the database that gets the greatest number of enhancements. Same with the Technology Refreshes, in almost all cases. Members of the ISV community and the Large User Group of top Power Systems companies are usually quick to take advantage, but there's a bigger picture.
IBM wants to sell a lot of Power8 iron running the Linux operating system Down Under, and it wants to do it fast. Like before the end of the second quarter, which comes to a close in June. To that end, IBM New Zealand and IBM Australia have kicked out some pretty steeply discounted iron that is sure to get the attention of prospective buyers--maybe even those who might otherwise opt for Linux on X86 machinery.
Sometimes the crazy ideas come from us, sometimes they come from you. Sometimes we are all pondering the possibilities at the same time and it seems like an idea is almost a meme, spreading like a virus, hopping from brain to brain, or as I sometimes suspect might be possible, vibrating in the cosmic ether for others to reflect on if they can only hear the image. Whatever scenario this one is, a bunch of you have reached out and asked me to write about the possibilities of a leveraged buyout of the IBM i business. And so, here we go.
As a topic of discussion, software pricing is an incendiary device. But a flame without fuel goes out quickly. And for a lot of companies, status quo means no open flames and don't even think about throwing that wood on the fire. There's another term for status quo. It's called complacency. The opposite of complacency is not change; it's investigate. In terms of software, that means taking a look at software as a service.
IBM i is often portrayed as out-of-date platform for running ancient applications long since placed into maintenance mode. If you want real innovation, the mainstream thinking goes, you'd best look to more "modern" platforms. But if the award that two European companies recently won for a PHP-based logistics application is any indication, that preconception deserves to be popped, posthaste.
Agilysys develops one of the most industry dominate applications in the IBM i ISV territory. Its Lodging Management System (LMS) has been the standard of the gaming industry for as long as those businesses have been computerized. Casino resort operations around the world use LMS for much of their business operations. A new software release from a dominate software company is a bellwether event for IBM midrange market watchers.
To satiate the insatiable among us, IBM continues to provide new ways for DB2 for i SQL developers and database administrators to programmatically interrogate and interact with their operating environment through the use of "services" and global variables.
One of the first tips I ever wrote for Four Hundred Guru was about keyboard shortcuts for RSE. It was written so long ago, I was talking about WDSC. None of the Rational variants of the product name had come to be at that time. It even predates my downloadable cheat sheet for My Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts for RSE. As you can see if you look at the cheat sheet, I've added a lot more favorites since the original article.
What if I told you that the best developers in the world are available to work on your next project? What if I told you that they will work for free? Well, they are and they will. In the following paragraphs, I tell you why and how.