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In the Wheelhouse: Reality Check for the Cloud PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

You can't look online these days without reading about cloud computing or a variant term like Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). I liked it best when cloud computing was called "outsourcing."

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Language is a beautiful thing. I've always had a fascination with how language sells things. The ability to blur perceptions with language is a true art form. For instance, it's much easier for a town to construct a "correctional facility" than a "prison." It just sounds better. Correctional facility doesn't mean anything specific. Those two words taken literally describe nothing more than a place where corrective action is taken. Think of the word "prison." The idea of having a prison constructed in your neighborhood automatically brings thoughts of crime, inmates, bars, barbed wire, and armed guards. Then you have to wonder about the property value of your home.

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Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 13:17
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EDI and the VANs: What's Up, Doc? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Monday, 10 February 2014 00:00

Most companies do EDI. And use one of the major VANs to do it. We don't think about VANs much. They just work. And make EDI possible. But change could be coming. What are you going to do about it?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

Are you doing EDI? Seems like most everyone is. Ten (or is it 20?) years after a very important fellow declared that EDI was dead, it's still the circulation system of modern commerce. And the veins that keep that old blood moving are the VANs that we have come to know and love.

 

They take in our transactions, pass them on to one of their brother or sister VANs, and pick up the replies, all while maintaining security and backup. Set up of new documents and trading partners is done by the VAN, and once done you can forget about it.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:40
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In the Wheelhouse: A Cloud-First Deployment Model Is Unfair to Hardware Customers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 03 February 2014 00:00

In many of our environments, the "speed of cloud" is no faster than the "speed of APYPTF" or the "speed of RSTLICPGM."

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

That's right. I said it.

 

When I see a software demo or presentation that blows the doors off the current version, then I want it. Badly. Isn't that the point? Great presentation. Great demo. There's an engaging speaker. There's a buzz in the room and on Twitter. You can tell that your users would get immediate benefits when you load that new version. They're going to love this!

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Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 19:44
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In the Wheelhouse: The "Name." Again. Really. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

When you get old enough for your head to reach over the fence to have a look, that's when people start throwing rocks at it.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

A few points were raised in the comments section, via email, and on Twitter and LinkedIn regarding my last column. While the majority of the comments were positive and the spirit of the article was understood, a few responses should be brought to light. Most of those who had a complaint about the article jumped right to the subject of "the name." Ah, the familiar name issue. No mention of adding content to the blogging world, using the #IBMi hashtag on Twitter, or increasing the visibility and solidarity of a strong base of IBM i customers. Just "the name."

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 16:57
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Book Review: Managing Without Walls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Floyd   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 00:00

If you manage remote or satellite teams, this book is a must-read!

michael floydWritten by Michael Floyd

I really loved this book!

 

Over the years, I have managed satellite developers in England, France, India, Australia, and Canada (I'm currently in Southern California). I wish I had read Managing Without Walls years ago, before I started managing remote developers.

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Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 09:55
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In the Wheelhouse: What Can We Do for IBM i in 2014? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 06 January 2014 00:00

steve pitcherAs IBM i professionals, we need to ensure our community is growing along with the operating system. And in that spirit, how do we give our IBM i community the equivalent of a Technology Refresh?

Written by Steve Pitcher

Just what can we do for IBM i in 2014?

 

I've been thinking about this question as others have written their 2013 wrap-ups, looking back on advances such as IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 6 and 7, the POWER7+ announcements and teasers about POWER8, finally having IBM Connections and IBM Notes Traveler on IBM i (which I'm still just ecstatic about), the PowerLinux investments, updates to IBM Access Client Solutions, IBM Navigator for i, and much, much more. Many people have covered all of these topics throughout the year by way of articles, blogs, tweets, webcasts, and conference sessions. It's been a grand year for the platform, and for many, talking about it has been a labor of love done in the true spirit of volunteering.

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 00:00
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In the Wheelhouse: If It Ain't Broke, Why Fix It? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

Who said it ain't broke? We need to check our sources. Plus, in the world of information systems, we need to assume everything, while not necessarily broken, can always be improved.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Last week on Midrange.com, I was happily surprised to see a thread entitled "If everything is working fine, why do PTFs?"

 

"Happily" is probably the wrong word. Thankfully ecstatic is what I am. Not because of the question but because of the answers.

 

To provide some context, the original thread began with this post from Paul Nelson:

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00
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In the Wheelhouse: What to Do with All That Processing Power? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 02 December 2013 00:00

With so much POWER horsepower, why do we turn to x86-64 for non-core business workloads? Maybe we need to change our thinking of what core business workloads are and then put them on a core business server.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Being almost four years into a Power 720 Express, it's just about upgrade time in my shop. Or at least time to get the ball rolling into looking at some new hardware.

 

With the new PureFlex for IBM i solution I covered in the last Wheelhouse as a potential opportunity because we have a number of System x servers in our shop, my thoughts are turning to one of my favorite topics: consolidation.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 08:03
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