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Bluemix: A Viable Option for Power Customers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

Just what is Bluemix, and what could it mean for you? An interview with an IBMer reveals the answers.

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Last week, I sat down with Adam Gunther, Director of Cloud Developers Services at IBM, to talk about IBM Bluemix. I told Adam I wasn’t a developer up front, but I wanted him to explain just exactly how my small-to-medium-sized business with an investment in on-premises infrastructure could really take advantage of Bluemix. I wasn’t disappointed.

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2016 15:45
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Open Source on IBM i Gets Hot Hot Hot PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aaron Bartell   
Friday, 10 June 2016 00:00

An IBM i open-source update as we approach the dog days of summer.

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

This spring has been a great one for open source on IBM i, but things especially took flight at COMMON's 2016 Annual Spring Conference in New Orleans. It was probably the best networking experience I've had at an IBM i event…ever. In short, community happened. A lot of it. This article's purpose is to excite and inform you about the things happening.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 June 2016 13:29
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IBM i 7.3 Philosophy Includes Marketing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 18 April 2016 00:00

IBM releases IBM i 7.3 along with a commitment for marketing IBM i to the masses.

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IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM i Product Offering Manager Alison Butterill were nice enough to take a few minutes to talk to me about some of the new features of IBM i 7.3 and the IBM i marketing campaign surrounding the 7.3 release and beyond.

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2016 00:00
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Questionable Ethics in Restructuring IBM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 21 March 2016 01:00

Questioning the numbers, ethics, and morality of the latest round of IBM layoffs.

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IBM has begun a new round of layoffs that could see the U.S. workforce reduced by 14,000 of the current 70,000 employees.

 

The news was broken by Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi last week. Sacconaghi arrived at the 14,000 estimate with simple math. He noted that IBM historically followed large gains with cuts to the workforce. IBM has recently reached a $1 billion settlement with the Japanese Tax Authority, which was included on their 10-K report filed February 23, 2016. Since every job cut costs a company, in IBM's case $70,000, Sacconaghi divided the $1 billion gain by 70,000, which is about 14,285.

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A Checkup on IBM Watson Health PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kent Milligan   
Monday, 01 February 2016 01:00

IBM Watson Health is putting data to work for all of us to define new paths to better health.

kent milligan 117x117Written by Kent Milligan

It was almost five years ago that IBM Watson captured the attention of both techies and non-techies alike when it competed and won against human contestants on the Jeopardy! TV game show. The ability for a computer system to quickly understand and answer trivia questions in natural language was impressive, but the immediate question was: how will this technology be applied to industries that are being inundated with information?

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 01:00
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In the Wheelhouse: Dissecting the IBM i Marketplace Survey PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 18 January 2016 01:00

Much can be deduced from community feedback if you go looking for it.

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Last week, HelpSystems released their second annual IBM i Marketplace Survey report. This year, 834 people completed the survey, compared to 344 the year before. What I like about this survey is that it highlights what our peers in other organizations are doing with their systems. This is important because I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets asked a couple of times a month questions like these:

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2016 IBM i Marketplace Survey PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Huntington   
Monday, 18 January 2016 01:00

The results are in!

tom huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

For the second annual IBM i Marketplace Survey, HelpSystems set out to gather data about how businesses use the IBM i platform. The first survey sparked many thoughtful conversations about this technology, and we're thrilled to be part of such an engaged community.

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 01:00
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CAMSS in Conversation: Social PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 21 December 2015 01:00

Once upon a time, we used to have to do more with less, but that doesn't work here anymore.

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Over the last few months, I've been digging into what IBM has been investing their time on: Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, and Security, also known as CAMSS.

 

Joining me this week to talk about social is IBM's Tim Rowe, Business Architect – Application Development and Systems Management for IBM i, to talk about social. Tim's team makes certain that IBM i has the features it needs to allow their customers and ISVs to write modern applications and to be able to properly manage them.

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