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In the Wheelhouse: Apple, IBM, and a Missed Opportunity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

Today, I'm talking about the deal between Apple and IBM and how it could affect BlackBerry. Sadly, my take on it isn't all roses.

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This week, IBM and Apple teamed up to provide mobile solutions for the enterprise market.

 

As per the agreement:

 

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change—grounded in four core capabilities:

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 12:47
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In the Wheelhouse: Navigator Shines in IBM i 7.2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

IBM i 7.2 isn't short on cool features by any means, but IBM Navigator for i keeps getting smarter, better, and faster.

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About two weeks ago, I was at the COMMON User Group Conference in Orlando, Florida, where I previewed some of the great stuff coming in IBM i 7.2 and beyond. "And beyond?" you may ask. I'm on the COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC), and we're lucky enough to have great dialogue for two jam-packed days before the COMMON Conference with the IBMers who design and influence the future of IBM i and Power Systems.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:45
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In the Wheelhouse: IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 8 Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00

On the cusp of the expected IBM i 7.2 announcement, IBM announces IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 8, which contains updates for hardware, DB2, the Integrated Application Server, and specifically IBM i HTTP Administration.

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While it's the last bullet point of the entire TR8 announcement, don't think that the Integrated Application Server on IBM i 7.1 now being based on the WebSphere Application Server 8.5 Liberty Profile is a less-important announcement than the others. Liberty is an ultra-lightweight and dynamic application server environment that allows applications to run with bare minimum support from the underlying Java architecture. In layman's terms, when a Liberty application runs, it loads only what it needs to do the job at hand and then loads anything else it needs on-demand.

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In the Wheelhouse: Redbooks and Polar Bears PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 07 April 2014 00:00

Systems evolution needs to be a constant effort. The new Redbook entitled Modernize IBM i Applications from the Database up to the User Interface and Everything in Between is a must-read for every IBM i developer.

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125,000 years ago, scientists believe that a group of brown bears (ursus arctos) were isolated from their ancestors and began to evolve into a separate subspecies: what we know as the modern polar bear. Over many generations, the descendants of these bears evolved and inherited the trait of a white, thicker coatideal protection and camouflage in the snow and ice, making the bear more successful to hunt and kill prey. The molar teeth and digestive system of the polar bear also changed over time, adapting to the demands of a new diet of seal meat rather than plants and berries. Their stomachs changed to accommodate larger and unexpected amounts of food, taking advantage of a big kill and allowing them to survive on it for weeks at a time during months when food wasn't plentiful. Their necks grew much longer than the modern brown bear, making it easier to keep their heads above water when swimming and when reaching into the sea from the ice to catch food from above. The forepaws grew larger in order to operate like paddles in the water.

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 06:43
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In the Wheelhouse: Why System x Sale Is Important to Power Systems and IBM i PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00

System x is being sold to Lenovo for $2.3 billion. With all due respect to System x, it's about time they pulled the plug. No tears, please. This is a celebration!

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IBM System x is going away, and I'm not sad to see it go. Cue the Wayne's World dream sequence effect....


 

I remember working for an IBM Business Partner many years ago. We sold a good few iSeries and pSeries in our little corner of the market. We sold storage a little less frequently and only when we got wind of a deal. That was our focus: iSeries, pSeries, and storage. xSeries was a different story. Unless some xSeries was a very minor part of a bigger deal that was 100% going to happen, we weren't to even think about selling it, let alone give a customer any form of discount.

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 11:47
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In the Wheelhouse: New PureFlex Offering for IBM i Expands Reach to Small Customers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

Today, I'll talk about the new 7.1 Cumulative PTF and how it relates to TR7, new SSD drives, and the PureFlex solution that may answer the consolidation needs of the "small" in SMB. Baby PureFlex? I think so.

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As far as recent IBM i-related announcements go, the software side of the coin has been talked about with regards to IBM i 7.1 Technical Refresh 7 (TR7) in great detail. The only thing I'm going to mention regarding software updates this week will be the Cumulative PTF for IBM i 6.1 and 7.1 coming on November 21 and 22, respectively, and how the 7.1 CUME relates to TR7.

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In the Wheelhouse: Do You Have a BlackBerry Contingency Plan? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

Although BlackBerry has come back to life more times than Friday the 13th has released sequels, with the potential of company breakup and bankruptcy, plus a quickly diminishing market share, we need to look at the options.

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In the last few weeks, we've seen much in the news about BlackBerry. First, they announced they lost just under $1 billion in the 2nd quarter, mostly due to the write down of the Z10 smartphone inventory they just couldn't get off the shelves.

Next, the company announced a layoff of 4,500 jobs from its 12,500 global workforce as part of a restructuring effort, along with cutting the number of phones it sells from six to four handsets. Those phones will be, and I know we've heard this before, targeted at the enterprise customer.

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00
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In the Wheelhouse: RPG Goes Free-Format and DB2 for i Does Big Data Better PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 07 October 2013 00:00

With IBM i 7.1 TR7, the big news is that RPG is finally free from any remaining shackles of fixed-format code. Plus, IBM commits $1 billion to Linux on Power Systems.

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Today IBM announces IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 7. Here are the details:

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013 00:00
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