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In the Wheelhouse: The Little POWER8 That Could...Almost PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 07 July 2014 00:00

When apps attack, memory is the weakest link.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

IBM announced the new 4-core POWER8 S814 on June 10. While the new P05 iron works well for many shops, I think a lot of customers could benefit from added memory capabilities if IBM were able to do it.

 

Back when IBM announced the first round of POWER8 boxes in April, a number of people were wondering where the true SMB box was. By SMB, I mean in the P05 software tier. Most of the IBM i on Power Systems market is around the P05 size, small machines with a couple of cores running the small side of the small-to-medium businesses. Those are the IBM i bread and butter customers right there.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 06 July 2014 14:08
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In the Wheelhouse: Why You Should Invest in In-House IT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

Who knows what's best for your company's technology future? It's the people in the trenches who get their fingers dirty crawling under your desks: your faithful IT department. And they need to be freed from stagnating budgets.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Why is it so hard to fund the mandatory?

 

A few months ago, I heard from a peer of mine who was tickled pink because she was able to bring on two new full-time IT resources; one is a developer, and the other is a business intelligence reporting guru. Those are two new positions, not replacements. For a small shop like hers, it's an extremely big deal. By small, I mean they have a CIO, four pure tech people, and two peripheral workers that have IT-related duties. That group supports about 600 users. By a big deal, I mean that it took her close to three years to cost-justify the positions and get them approved.

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 12:57
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In the Wheelhouse: Are You Up for Sharing Your iThusiasm? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Ah, the downswing after a big announcement. News has been dissected, crystal balls need polishing after being breathed on by IBM i swamis, and I'm almost unpacked from COMMON. But who will carry the momentum torch until next time?

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

In searching for a topic to cover, I thought I'd do a bit of a 180 with this edition of Wheelhouse. I want to talk about how we connect with each other. Not in a personal sense, but a practical one.

 

I had a conversation a few weeks ago with some IBM i writing peers. The discussion turned to how we can get people informed about IBM i, specifically the content that we create.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 08:56
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In the Wheelhouse: Dealing with the Corporate Mutiny That Is Shadow IT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00

Maybe I'm a little naive or too young to grasp the concept of allowing users to bypass company policies and procedures in order to achieve a result that's usually more insecure than Scooby Doo spending a day at the haunted mansion.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

The sales and marketing department at XYZ Paper Company needs an application that allows employees to more effectively manage promotions. Ideally, they want to be able to cross-reference those promotions with sales results to show ROI. It sounds simple enough: instead of going to their IT department with a request to facilitate the business requirement, the sales and marketing department searches on Google and finds a tool pretty quickly.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:01
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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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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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