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Happy Halloween with IBM i 7.3 Technology Refresh 1

IBM announces a new cloud storage product inside IBM i 7.3 TR 1.

Written by Steve Pitcher

It’s October and that means two very important things:

One, I get to impose my yearly Sheriff of Nottingham-style 10 percent candy tax on my three kids after Halloween. And two, IBM has released its fall announcement for IBM i, in this case the news that IBM i 7.3 Technology Refresh 1 and 7.2 Technology Refresh 5 have been announced.

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Domino Short and a Fix Pack Late

Domino is dying. But there is hope.

Written by Steve Pitcher

Last month, I wrote a piece about the future of IBM Notes/Domino called “The Domino 9.0.2 Waiting Game” in which I lamented at the lack of, well, Domino 9.0.2.

Lo and behold, just last week IBM put out an announcement for an update: Notes and Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 7. With a whopping 81 fixes combined between client and server since the last update in May 2016, the collective sigh from the IBM Domino user and ISV community certainly wasn’t heard ‘round the world.

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Bluemix: A Viable Option for Power Customers

Just what is Bluemix, and what could it mean for you? An interview with an IBMer reveals the answers.

Written by Steve Pitcher

Last week, I sat down with Adam Gunther, Director of Cloud Developers Services at IBM, to talk about IBM Bluemix. I told Adam I wasn’t a developer up front, but I wanted him to explain just exactly how my small-to-medium-sized business with an investment in on-premises infrastructure could really take advantage of Bluemix. I wasn’t disappointed.

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Open Source on IBM i Gets Hot Hot Hot

An IBM i open-source update as we approach the dog days of summer.

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

This spring has been a great one for open source on IBM i, but things especially took flight at COMMON's 2016 Annual Spring Conference in New Orleans. It was probably the best networking experience I've had at an IBM i event…ever. In short, community happened. A lot of it. This article's purpose is to excite and inform you about the things happening.

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IBM i 7.3 Philosophy Includes Marketing

IBM releases IBM i 7.3 along with a commitment for marketing IBM i to the masses.

Written by Steve Pitcher

IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM i Product Offering Manager Alison Butterill were nice enough to take a few minutes to talk to me about some of the new features of IBM i 7.3 and the IBM i marketing campaign surrounding the 7.3 release and beyond.

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Questionable Ethics in Restructuring IBM

Questioning the numbers, ethics, and morality of the latest round of IBM layoffs.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

IBM has begun a new round of layoffs that could see the U.S. workforce reduced by 14,000 of the current 70,000 employees.

 

The news was broken by Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi last week. Sacconaghi arrived at the 14,000 estimate with simple math. He noted that IBM historically followed large gains with cuts to the workforce. IBM has recently reached a $1 billion settlement with the Japanese Tax Authority, which was included on their 10-K report filed February 23, 2016. Since every job cut costs a company, in IBM's case $70,000, Sacconaghi divided the $1 billion gain by 70,000, which is about 14,285.

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A Checkup on IBM Watson Health

IBM Watson Health is putting data to work for all of us to define new paths to better health.

kent milligan 117x117Written by Kent Milligan

It was almost five years ago that IBM Watson captured the attention of both techies and non-techies alike when it competed and won against human contestants on the Jeopardy! TV game show. The ability for a computer system to quickly understand and answer trivia questions in natural language was impressive, but the immediate question was: how will this technology be applied to industries that are being inundated with information?

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In the Wheelhouse: Dissecting the IBM i Marketplace Survey

Much can be deduced from community feedback if you go looking for it.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Last week, HelpSystems released their second annual IBM i Marketplace Survey report. This year, 834 people completed the survey, compared to 344 the year before. What I like about this survey is that it highlights what our peers in other organizations are doing with their systems. This is important because I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets asked a couple of times a month questions like these:

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