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In the Wheelhouse: The Question of Hiring IBM i Talent PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

Hiring new people may not be as complicated as we make it out to be.

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My task this spring was to hire a developer. We knew which way the business wanted to grow and needed some additional full-time development help to begin with. We had some "legacy" IBM Domino applications that desperately needed a refresh in terms of functionality and web enablement, plus we needed to be more flexible in doing custom development to augment the primary ERP systems. Also, the ability for new apps to be built with a responsive design was a must-have, given our growing demand for mobile computing.

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 11:07
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In the Wheelhouse: IBM, We Have an SSL Problem PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

In the spirit of last week's article regarding IBM's on-premises intentions for IBM Mail Next, we need to simplify and fix Domino SSL. It's going to break.

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A few months ago, I renewed my wildcard SSL certificates from GoDaddy.com and began the process of updating both types of HTTP servers in my shop: IBM HTTP Server and IBM Domino. I usually do Domino first and then IBM HTTP Server, the latter of which is a bit of a struggle. I'll get to that.

 

Updating Domino is always a journey as it involves importing a new certificate into the Domino keystore and then updating the existing proprietary *.kyr key file in my primary Domino server's data directory.

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 16:03
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In the Wheelhouse: Cloud First. Mail Next. Customer Last. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

When it comes to the future of email, we need to all be on the same page. But are we even reading the same book?

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Last week, I was on a webcast for IBM's forthcoming email product, IBM Mail Next. While on the webcast (and any webcast actually), I was also plugged into a number of social media outlets, Skype chats, and the like in order to discuss the content of the presentation with industry peers and get a feel for their thoughts and insights into what IBM deems as the future of email.

 

I first wrote about Mail Next after IBM Connect 2014 in January. My sentiment at the time was entirely positive.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:56
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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.

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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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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.

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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?

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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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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.

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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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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."

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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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