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The IBM i Skills Shortage Myth PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 21 November 2016 00:00

The problem isn’t IBM i skills shortage; it’s an “RPG II/III-fixed format-legacy-cycle” skills shortage.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Yeah, I said it.

 

An “RPG II/III-fixed format-legacy-cycle” skills shortage. The kind of shortage you don’t want to have if you care about the future of your business. So forgive me if I take exception to the argument about IBM i having a skills shortage. It doesn’t. IBM i’s history is rooted in being a business computer for business people. They run business programs to do business things. IBM i may have grown in terms of capabilities, but at its core it’s a business operating system. So when people talk about an IBM i skills shortage, it makes me wonder if we’ve lost the point about what IBM i really is.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 November 2016 10:45
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Hardening Your IBM i Ciphers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Sunday, 06 November 2016 23:00

Moving to TLS 1.2 is not enough to keep your data secure.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

I was at the COMMON Fall Conference in Columbus, Ohio, two weeks ago where I (among other things) presented two sessions on IBM i systems management. One of the sessions was called "IBM i and our False Sense of Security." It was essentially a mixture of a number of security-related articles I’ve been writing as of late.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 06 November 2016 13:17
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Eye on the i World: HelpSystems Sees IBM i Vendor Consolidation as Healthy for the Market PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Sunday, 06 November 2016 23:00

Long-time software vendor HelpSystems thinks the future still looks promising for the IBM i platform.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

As any long-time observer of the IBM i can tell you, a significant feature of its market over its recent history has been the consolidation of companies offering software and other solutions to the user base.

 

HelpSystems, a Minnesota-based company that started out specializing in automated operations solutions for IBM i, has been part of the consolidation movement.

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 November 2016 12:13
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Protecting the Business with Smart Cloud Choices PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Sunday, 02 October 2016 23:00

Before reading the end of this article, someone will seriously ponder if they could market gluten-free cloud servers.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

A few weeks ago, I was speaking with a colleague at another company who had a major virus headache. From what they could gather, a user opened a zip file from an email that turned out to be a fantastic cryptolocker variant. First, it managed to encrypt everything on that user’s laptop, and then it proceeded to lock down files on every shared drive on which the user had write access. And did it ever.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2016 14:44
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The Spark PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Sunday, 17 July 2016 23:00

Thoughts on encouraging the ones around us to learn and innovate on our behalf.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

I wrote the following little piece for the COMMON.CONNECT magazine about a month ago. I’ve shared it in its entirety below (in italics) and then expanded on my thoughts because in retrospect I really needed to go deeper.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 17 July 2016 23:00
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Eye on the i World: BI Tool Vendor Sees Positive Perception of IBM i as Key to the Platform's Future PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Sunday, 17 July 2016 23:00

IBM's recent emphasis on TV advertising for its Watson platform is seen by some as a sign of declining commitment to the IBM i. Prominent business intelligence vendor New Generation Software thinks this concern is misplaced.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Judging by what we see in mass-media advertising these days, IBM's vision of its own future seems to be centered on its Watson platform. Data analytics via the cloud will surely play a big role in many enterprises' futures, but can we rely on the inference some could draw that the IBM i is fading from view everywhere else except in companies already committed to the platform?

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Last Updated on Sunday, 17 July 2016 23:00
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Eye on the i World: Software Tool Vendor Sees IBM's Watson as IBM i Ally Rather Than a Threat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Sunday, 19 June 2016 23:00

There are some voices that say the IBM i might be declining as a platform. Profound Logic CEO Alex Roytman is not one of them.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

The maturing of the IBM i market has been with us for some years, but the quality of that maturation sparks debate. Does the platform's current state, along with such other factors as IBM's boosting of Watson, mean the IBM i has reached a point in its life cycle where decline is inevitable, or has it simply reached an equilibrium at which it will continue to thrive for the foreseeable future?

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 June 2016 23:00
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Budget Dollars Can Be Skin Deep PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Sunday, 19 June 2016 23:00

You won't change user perceptions if the UI stinks.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

My company is going through a wholesale ERP migration. At this point, we've gone live with accounts payable and general ledger of a new ERP system that runs side by side with the traditional RPG-based green-screen applications. It's a bit of a process of course, moving it piecemeal. Some things can go easily. Some take a bit more work. With that being said, it's amazing how many times I hear the word “iSeries” in the run of a week.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 June 2016 23:00
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