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Eye on the i World: The i as the Center of a Multiplatform Ecosystem PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00

While some look on the plateauing of the IBM i market as a sign of imminent decline, others see it as the harbinger of a leaner and meaner environment headed for new greatness.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

When some fans of the IBM i get to talking about the platform's future as compared to its past, it's almost too easy to be pessimistic. The massive consolidation among software vendors of the recent years, the aging of the baby boomer core of technical experts, and IBM's apparent shift of attention to its Watson platform are just a few of the signposts of fears that the platform is now simply coasting downhill.

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00
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IBM: Systematic Layoffs and the Concept of Selling Concepts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00

It's time to look at layoffs again. Also, contrary to what some analysts believe, a full-scale transformation of IBM into a company that sells concepts is not the answer.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

It's been about two months since I wrote about the new round of IBM layoffs that could potentially see the U.S. workforce reduced by 14,000 out of approximately 70,000 employees. Since IBM of course doesn't publish its employee counts by country, it's hard to say exactly how deep each round of layoffs actually goes. There's a heck of a lot of smoke to be no fire.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00
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Eye on the i World: Complacency and User Aging Threaten the IBM i PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 07 March 2016 01:00

After a sterling run of more than 25 years, the IBM i is showing signs of wear as a platform. Veteran development-tool vendor LANSA shares its insights about where the i may be heading.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Some years agoalthough it would be hard to get more than a handful of people to agree exactly whenthe IBM i market became "mature." The numbers of new companies offering OEM software for the platform stopped growing. The frequency of new product announcements (other than upgrades of existing packages) began to decline. The enthusiasm with which IBM had touted the i for many years became diluted. The influx of hot, young programmers that characterized the platform's rise in the '90s abated.

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2016 01:00
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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 01:00

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 17:36
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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 01:00

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 01:00
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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 01:00

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 01:00
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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 01:00

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 01:00
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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 01:00

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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Last Updated on Saturday, 15 August 2015 10:29
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