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Eye on the i World: HA/DR Specialist Company Sees the Cloud as the IBM i's Salvation PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

Paying attention to the best uses of cloud computing, the business benefits of the IBM i, and shrewd use of the platform can keep the i relevant into the future.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

While there are possibly many people who think the IBM i has already seen its best days as a platform, there are also others who don't agree with that assessment. While there are some negative-sounding statistics, there are also hopeful signs that developing technology and services, particularly cloud-related, can revive the platform's outlook.

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00
Midrange MQ in an Open-Source World PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by Andrew Schofield   
Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

MQ on IBM i continues to adapt to the needs of modern IT environments.

andrew schofieldWritten by Andrew Schofield

IBM MQ has been a familiar part of the corporate IT landscape for over 20 years. It’s been through a few name changes, but the fundamental idea of using asynchronous messaging to decouple communication between applications is as important now as it has ever been. Of course, over such a long period of time, there have been huge changes—in particular, the way that developers work using the Internet and open-source, and the rise of cloud computing. Therefore, we at IBM are doing many things in MQ to make sure that existing systems remain relevant and able to interact with the latest tools and platforms.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:40
The Domino 9.0.2 Waiting Game PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Collaboration & Messaging
Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

The IBM Domino on-premises user community is waiting. But it won’t wait forever.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

It’s been over 1,000 days since the last point release of IBM Notes and Domino (9.0.1). Since then, we’ve seen plans for 9.0.2 on the horizon, yet we seem to be no closer to a release date. I’m not sure why IBM isn’t releasing an on-premises IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.2 any time soon.

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 16:10
To Make Shopping Experiences Exceptional, Brick and Click Retailers Must Innovate PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Customer Relationship Management
Written by Vish Ganapathy   
Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

These days, consumers expect retailers to provide information tailored personally just for them.

vish ganapathyWritten by Vish Ganapathy
In the industry’s current disruptive environment, retail and consumer product companies are competing with new business models and being forced to refresh their consumer experiences and brand engagements to be more relevant.

A new IBM study finds retailers' current strategies to deliver engaging brand experiences are not keeping pace with what customers’ expect and want out of their brick and click shopping experiences.

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 16:12
Hybrid Cloud Overview PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by Ashok Iyengar   
Monday, 04 April 2016 01:00

A hybrid solution is created when private (on-premises) and public (off-premises) services are used together.

 Ashok IyengarWritten by Ashok K. Iyengar

Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt from the book IBM Cloud Platform Primer.


A hybrid is a mixture or fusion of two different elements. Hybrid cars, for example, are a combination of a gasoline engine and an electric motor, with both having the ability to propel the vehicle. A hybrid cloud combines the resources available in a private cloud with those in the public cloud while both continue to function as independent and unique entities. Thus, a hybrid cloud offers the benefits of multiple deployment models. Why not use just a public cloud or a private cloud? The answer lies in economics, speed, and privacy, which are the major forces that drive enterprises to hybrid cloud solutions.

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 April 2016 14:17
ERP Implementation Strategies That Yield Ultimate ROI PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Enterprise Resource Planning / Financial
Written by Robert Vormittag   
Monday, 21 March 2016 01:00

With the tools and process put forth in this article, hopefully you'll feel armed and ready to make ERP decisions for ultimate ROI.

bob vormittagWritten by Bob Vormittag Jr.

Considering that an ERP solution is one of the biggest IT investments, organizations must work closely and collaboratively with their ERP partner during implementation. The litany of high-profile failures that squandered significant resources can be blamed on implementation challenges. To yield the ultimate return on investment (ROI), ERP solution implementation success starts with proper planning, open communication, and careful selection of the best technical features that fits the organization.  

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2016 15:56
2015 Guide to Manufacturing Software PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by Infor Global Solutions   
Monday, 01 February 2016 01:00

2015 manufacturing outlook—optimism, expansion, and hurdles.

Written by Infor

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "2015 Guide to Manufacturing Software" available free at the MC White Paper Center.

For all manufacturing industries, growth remains top of mind. Post-recession cautiousness has given way to confidence and more ambitious business goals. From automotive to fashion, more manufacturing leaders are ready to take bigger risks in the hopes of bigger payoffs, and optimism is the highest it's been in years.

Recent studies show that 44% of automotive CEOs believe the global economy is improving (nearly three times the previous year's figure), while the same percentage of UK manufacturers expect increased growth in the coming months.

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 13:25
Technology Focus: Cloud Managed Services for IBM i Offer IT More Options PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 21 December 2015 01:00

Unlike cloud hosting services, cloud managed services leave the hardware at the customer site. However, many of the issues potential customers have are similar.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Last month's Technology Focus looked at cloud-hosting services for the IBM i and some of the issues that have impeded more widespread adoption of hosting services use. A strong alternative to cloud hosting providers is offered by managed service providers (MSPs), which also use the cloud or Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for connectivity, but that instead offer administrative and other services for servers remaining on customer premises.

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015 01:00
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