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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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Last Updated on Saturday, 15 August 2015 09:29
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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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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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In the Wheelhouse: CAMSS à la Carte PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 06 July 2015 00:00

You need a CAMSS strategy. Part of that strategy may be to leave out one or many of the components.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

IBM has been focused on CAMSS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, and Security) for a few years now. It's not just a fad because components of the CAMSS modelnamely mobile, social, and securityare a must for any business to compete in the future. I leave out cloud and analytics for a reason, which I'll get to shortly.

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In the Wheelhouse: "Power i" Is Adding to the Confusion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 15 June 2015 00:00

Just when you think the term "IBM i" is gaining traction, silly, unneeded monikers turn into roadblocks.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

It's not often that I'm prompted to write a response to an article in a competitor's magazine, because ultimately I'm unwilling to give them a little bit of press.

 

In this case, I believe that the extra traffic they're going to get is worth it because I don't agree with the article in question. I also think the article just adds more to the confusion of the name of the operating system called IBM i, which drives an unneeded wedge deeper between two sides of our community.

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In the Wheelhouse: Analysis of IBM i Community Feedback PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 18 May 2015 00:00

Sometimes the best advice you can find is from watching what your peers are doing.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Back in March, HelpSystems released its first annual IBM i Marketplace Survey report. 344 of our peers in the IBM i and Power Systems world explained how they use the platform, highlighting the good, the bad, the challenges, and the concerns. This is great news, especially as an annual survey, because it's great to know what other people are doing with Power Systems and IBM i and how they're doing it. You can download it free from the MC White Paper Center.

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In the Wheelhouse: Effecting Change for IBM i PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00

COMMON just made the gathering of community feedback that much easier.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

I've just returned from the COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition in Anaheim, California. Wow! I was exhausted from the conference even before I took the red-eye flight from LAX on Wednesday night back toward the East Coast. My step-counter is proof of my sore feet, and my fuzzy decision-making whilst considering the expensive food at LAX is proof of information overload and lack of sleep, but I return home armed with information about hardware, strategies for backup and recovery, and even life lessons about managing change and stress. The great thing about COMMON is that it arms and invigorates you to head back and implement things that you learned. And when you tell your boss about those things and the ways you intend to apply them, you're helping to justify going back to COMMON next year.

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