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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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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 05:52
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2015 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Help Systems, LLC   
Monday, 11 May 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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Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2015 17:40
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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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Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 14:43
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In the Wheelhouse: Why You Need to Be at COMMON PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 20 April 2015 00:00

The value of the premier Power Systems user group is not to be missed.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

By the time you read this, there will be less than one week before the COMMON User Group Annual Meeting and Exposition starts in Anaheim, California. Ideally, you are already registered, have your hotel and flight booked, and are making short-term arrangements with the office to ensure things go as smoothly as they can whilst you're away. If you're like me, you've been half-heartedly plotting secretly with yourself to buy a cheap car in California to drive down to Mexico and rent jet skis for a living, never to return to the snowy Northeast. I may even send for the wife and kids.

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In the Wheelhouse: Adventures in Modernization PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

Modernization is a journey, not a destination.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

This topic has been on my company's radar for a little while now. A few months ago, we started the implementation process to migrate to a new ERP package, which fell in line with a POWER8 upgrade. This is quite a major overhaul of core systems and will continue well into the year. I'm sure I'll have tales of ERP project pitfalls and successes over the coming months, so stay tuned for that.

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In the Wheelhouse: Thoughts After My POWER8 Upgrade PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

After an upgrade, it's important to reflect on the change and compare your new environment with the old.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

SSDs and HMCs are my new must-have.

 

We migrated from a pair of Power Systems 720s to new Power Systems S814s in January. For this upgrade, we altered our environment a few different ways from how we traditionally set it up.

 

The biggest change that affected mindset was the addition of a Hardware Management Console (HMC).

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00
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In the Wheelhouse: Is That the New AS/400? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

We are now in an age where the AS/400 green-screen application interface has become counter-productive. And the name plays a part.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Sorry. It's not the new AS/400. It's not the new iSeries. It's not the new System i.

 

I now possess two IBM Power S814 servers. As the delivery company was rolling them down the halls and putting them darn near horizontal to get them under the door frames, I heard someone exclaim, "Wow! Is that the new AS/400?"

 

Absolutely not!

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00
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In the Wheelhouse: Money for Nothing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 05 January 2015 00:00

A question for software companies that charge an unreasonable fee when you simply change your hardware: what the heck is wrong with you?

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

I have two new six-core IBM Power Systems S814 boxes on the way to my data center as I write this. These machines will replace our two existing six-core Power Systems 720s that are getting a little long in the tooth. We put them in place in 2010 and got a good four-plus years out of them. With all six cache batteries having been replaced and about six disk drives replaced, she's starting to show her age. Plus we're about ready to move onto a new vendor-supported ERP, replacing our homegrown systems we've built and customized ourselves for the last 40 years or so. Exciting times and a lot of hard work ahead.

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