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The Internet of Unprotected Things PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

Security be damned, all in the name of progress.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Today I was able to find a number of IBM i partitions that were live on the Internet with open ports for FTP and Telnet.

 

I must be one heck of a detective to dig up these open doors, right? How could I tell they were IBM i partitions? How did I find them?

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 16:36
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Eye on the i World PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

Worried about a platform switch? Being proactive about exploring web development and webfacing your green-screen apps could help.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

It's probably difficult to find an IBM i developer or IT manager who hasn't at some point lost sleep over the possibility that a C-level fiat, or another action beyond their control, might find them facing a mandate to change platforms away from the IBM i. The ubiquity of Microsoft Windows in executive awareness, a misplaced perception by some that the i platform isn't being used by "major" companies, and the relative availability of developers in their early careers who are familiar with other platforms (compared to that of those experienced on the i) are just a few of the potential perils threatening our favorite box.

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00
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In the Wheelhouse: Evolution of OpenPOWER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 04 January 2016 00:00

OpenPOWER is evolving. Not just itself, but all other aspects of Power Systems business as well.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Over the last two and a half years, I've watched the evolution of OpenPOWERfrom being a few big names working with board prototypes and early POWER8 chips to something much greater. Something with momentum. The combination of open development and high performance computing are bringing companies, and in fact competitors, together to work on projects that aim to revolutionize computing at the data center level.

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 January 2016 00:00
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In the Wheelhouse: Your IBM i Data Is Insecure PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

Chances are, you're looking at that title and thinking it's just click bait. Of course, I'm not talking about your data. Right? Wrong.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

I was at the COMMON User Group Fall Conference in Orlando earlier this month. I had debuted a session called Rapid Fire Admin, which was just a ridiculous 150 IBM i administration tips in 75 minutes. I actually did it with 15 seconds to spare!

 

In my session, I had a couple of tips in there about security, and based on some feedback I received, I decided to put together an article to pinpoint a few areas of concern that we all need to understand.

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00
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In the Wheelhouse: Modernizing Legacy Applications PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

What to do about legacy applications? Modernize or migrate? Doing nothing really isn't an option.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

I didn't want to write a part 2 of "Finding the New Breed of RPG Programmers." Think of this as an addendum. I say this because I'm not much of a developer. When I talk about development, it's at more of a strategic level. I won't comment on what tool to use versus another tool with regard to programming techniques because I just don't live in that world anymore, and my ignorance will show. When talking about development, my role is essentially to put the right resources on the required tasks and try to make it all work on time and on budget. I get to have the good-spirited (mostly) arguments with business unit directors and massage the user expectations. In the end, I'm an administrator at heart. I like making things go by loading/configuring, not coding, the former takes much less time and satisfies my short attention span.

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In the Wheelhouse: Finding the New Breed of RPG Programmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 03 August 2015 00:00

It seems this problem has existed for almost as long as IBM i has. Maybe even longer. But for the most part...it doesn't really exist.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

I had this discussion about 16 years ago when I was thinking about what computer technology I wanted to focus on in college. At the time, I settled on RPG and AS/400 operations. My school was the only one east of Montreal that taught those skills, and I thought I'd found a great niche. Of course, what I heard back then was that a lot of RPG programmers were on the verge of retirement and there would be all these jobs available. Most people in my college were learning Visual Basic, Java, and C++, so I figured I had it made. While I did get hired right away, it actually took me three years after graduating to write a line of production RPG code.

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 00:00
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2015 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Help Systems, LLC   
Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00

Nearly 350 people from organizations large and small responded.

tom huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "2015 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results" available free at the MC White Paper Center.

 

IBM i is known worldwide for its power, scalability, reliability, and securability. But it's also one of technology's best-kept secrets. Very little data exists to show how businesses use the platform and how IBM i relates to broader IT objectives. HelpSystems, in conjunction with leading industry publications IT Jungle and PowerWire.eu, set out to gather this data by surveying the IT professionals who use IBM i every day.

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In the Wheelhouse: Transforming the IT Department PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00

Although Information Technology changes at a rate faster than most corporate business units, the structure of organizations is not keeping up with the times.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

It's no surprise that the technology industry reinvents itself every couple of years. IT departments have had their work cut out for them by just attempting to stay current. In an age of static or decreasing budgets, a mandate from the business to "do more with less," the advent of cloud computing, and the overhanging pressures of shadow IT groups, Information Technology has become a much more volatile environment than ever.

 

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