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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

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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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   
Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

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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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   
Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

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 Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00
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Budget Dollars Can Be Skin Deep PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

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 Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00
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What’s So Special About the IBM i Community? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian May   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:00

IBM i is unique in many ways, but the community that supports it really sets it apart.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

My favorite part of having a regular column here at MC Press Online is that I have the opportunity to write about almost anything I like. Politics is a hot topic right now, but I simply will not go there. Instead, I want to focus on my favorite aspect of the IBM i, the people. Maybe it is because it is summertime and the sun is shining outside my office window, or maybe it is because conference season is in full swing. I just get excited when I have the opportunity to interact with other IBM i developers in person.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:00
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Disrupting Shadow IT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 06 June 2016 00:00

IT needs to put their foot down to force enough tension for change.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Elements of the sales and marketing department at XYZ Paper Company need an application that allows them 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 Google and finds the application of their dreams very quickly. Great news! It's provided by a cloud computing vendor who can be the one stop shop for sales, support, and consultation for a low monthly fee.

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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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