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Technology Focus: Should You Do HA/DR in the Cloud or In-House? PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

 

In the long run, it boils down to whether you prefer convenience or control.

 

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

 

It seems to be inarguable anymore whether or not an enterprise of any size needs a high availability and disaster recovery (HA/DR, also often called business continuity (BC)) plan in place. The sticking point is more along the lines of how much time and money any business concern wants to invest in the process. Particularly in the cases of enterprises that have never experienced any significant downtime or downtime consequences, or that remain convinced the stability of IBM i servers is not just legendary but permanent, it can be challenging to set aside money, personnel, and systems time to prepare for a "just in case" scenario. The upshot is that it's something that has to be done, if only to avoid how awful the consequences might be if you don't.

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 18:01
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Technology Focus: Mobile Application Development Tools PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

Building mobile-device version of server apps isn't so much about what High-Level Language is best to do the job. It's more about what an enterprise's entire strategy for mobile apps is.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

If you thought the Mac vs. PC religious wars were amusing, you've gotta love the philosophical split that's grown up the past several years around building mobile-device apps that provide access to software running on servers, including IBM i.

 

Essentially, the debate is about whether it's best to use HTML5 to build Web-friendly versions of server apps that are accessible by a wide variety of mobile devices, to build apps native to each mobile device even though it's more work for developers to tailor an app to each type, or to follow the Third Way crowd, which advocates building hybrid apps that offer features of both philosophies.

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00
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Product Review: New Features in Robot/NETWORK PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by Chuck Losinski   
Friday, 23 May 2014 00:00

There's a new web interface in town, and it's up and running on Robot/NETWORK. View your IBM i performance stats and Robot product metrics in the palm of your hand. Take your GUI to go.

ChuckLosinski 116x116Written by Chuck Losinski

The new web interface for Robot/NETWORK is a browser-based tool that uses the HelpSystems Web Server to help you access system performance data for your network of IBM i systems collected through Robot/NETWORK from any laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You can also work in the Robot/NETWORK Status Center to see and respond to messages and other events that have been escalated to the Robot/NETWORK host system.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:20
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Technology Focus: ERP and Supply Chain: A Distinction Without a Difference? PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

ERP software traditionally covers a lot of corporate territory and is defined by many as including supply chain apps. How valid that distinction might be remains an open question.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Consult just about any definition for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and you're likely to find extensive definitions that declare ERP apps are characterized by the ability to track all corporate functions in a single app. Whether you deal in products or services, ERP is supposed to cover corporate functions as diverse as tracking incoming materials and managing product-manufacturing steps through costing and financials, ultimately extending to customer relationship management and goods transportation. That's not to mention human resources, engineering and product lifecycle management, and even warehousing of finished goods. So when one speaks of ERP, how do we know we mean the same aspects of managing corporate activity?

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00
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TechTip: What Is This OpenStack Cloud Thing? PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by Joe Cropper   
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

OpenStack made its debut in 2010—aimed to provide an open-source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. Learn more about this Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform and see how it's evolving the landscape of cloud.

Written by Joe Cropper

During the summer of 2010, RackSpace Hosting and NASA teamed up to build the OpenStack platform, whose goal was to provide cloud computing services on commodity hardware. The OpenStack components span the entire cloud computing stack, ranging from the typical compute, storage, and network pieces to architectural elements such as image, orchestration, and metrics—all of the basic building blocks of a cloud. With strong corporate sponsorship and a thriving development ecosystem, OpenStack is on its way to being to the cloud world what Linux is to the operating system world.

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Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 10:49
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With IBM Connections, IBM i Goes Social PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Collaboration & Messaging
Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 24 March 2014 00:00

Whether you're an SMB with distributed branches or a large enterprise with thousands of users, IBM i is arguably the platform choice for IBM Connections. Among its many top-notch qualities, IBM i is finally social.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

IBM i is now a supported platform for IBM Connections!

 

I'll try to put this article in terms of those not familiar with IBM i but familiar with Connections and vice versa. IBM i is one of the most intriguing operating systems in the world, showcasing its world-class security, stability, scalability, and most importantly, integration. The heritage of IBM i goes back to the AS/400, which ran the OS/400 operating system. IBM i was rebranded in 2008 and now runs on IBM Power Systems and PureSystems hardware.

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 10:28
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Technology Focus: Are CRM Apps Converging with BI Apps? PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Customer Relationship Management
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Data about customers is central to both CRM and BI applications, and that trend is growing. Does that mean the two app types are converging? Even some CRM software vendors can't agree whether they are or aren't.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence (BI) applications both have data about customers and products at their cores. This is becoming more critical for businesses that deal in most kinds of products and services because serving customers efficiently and smoothly are considered hallmarks of winning repeat business.

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00
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The Economics of Cloud: SaaS vs. PaaS vs. IaaS vs. In-House PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by Thomas Stockwell   
Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00

Look beyond the smoke and mirrors of marketing jargon.

tom stockwellWritten by Thomas M. Stockwell

A lot of companies are evaluating cloud services to extend or replace in-house IT services at a lower cost. The reasons for considering cloud services include access to more affordable and/or more powerful applications, legacy migration concerns that result from outdated operating systems (e.g., Windows XP), IT staff reductions, capacity planning, etc.

 

But what are the economics behind the move to cloud? Will outsourcing services to the cloud really solve the economic challenges of in-house IT, or will they exacerbate existing IT service issues and end up costing more?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 18:12
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