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What IBM i Execs Should Know, Part 2

Oooh. Executives. Sounds so very sophisticated, doesn’t it? Handsome guys in expensive suits who go to clubs like Laslo’s after work and meet up with slender, willowy brunettes for a martini. Very classy.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

OK, it’s time to talk a bit more about what IBM i managers and executives should know.


When we left off last time, we had identified two things that “i leaders” need to be familiar with: what makes the i special and what’s up with the Power architecture these days and why it’s a better choice than Intel for the long haul. But that’s not the end of the story. Come on, walk this way.

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What IBM i Execs Should Know, Part 1

In “What IBM i Execs Don’t Know,” my tone was a tad antagonistic. But now the air is warmer, spring is finally here, and I’m much, much better. So let’s approach things a bit more positively, shall we?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

I’ll willingly agree that the last column I wrote was just a bit on the negative side. In fact, I really expected to be taken to task for being too hard on poor IBM i IT management.


But, like most things, I was wrong…about being taken to task, that is. As it turned out, everyone who commented agreed with me, and nobody seemed to feel too sorry for IT management as a group.

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My Favorite IBM i 7.3 Enhancements for Developers

IBM has officially announced IBM i 7.3. Here are some additions that interest me.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

It is that time again. IBM has lifted the veil on the new version of the IBM i operating system. IBM i 7.3 is full of enhancements of all sizes. There is certainly a lot to read up on, and I have not been able to kick the tires on some of these enhancements yet. I plan to do just that in the near future.


In the meantime, I thought I would point out the enhancements that, in my opinion, are useful or interesting to me as a developer. These features may help you make the case to your management to start planning your upgrade.

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TechTip: i Illuminate 7.3 – Series Premier

Accompany an apprentice wizard on this tour of IBM i 7.3 and avoid being whomped by a willow or suffer from petrification.

Written by Scott Forstie

Recently, my wizarding powers were revealed, and I joined a small group of muggles who had special powers. While this may seem neither newsworthy nor consequential to you, the timing of this development couldn't be more fortunate. To develop my skills, I must follow the wizarding training protocol. If this sounds confusing, don't despair. After all, you're not a wizard, are you? I'm required to practice and demonstrate various spells and charms. I've visited Ollivander's and had a wand choose me, and I'm ready to commence my journey.

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What IBM i Execs Don't Know

I probably shouldn't do this piece, but I'm frustrated by many of the clients I've worked with over the last five years. Maybe they're not representative of the i community. But maybe they are.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

Maybe you're like me. In which case, I am sincerely sorry.


Or maybe you're normal but a little like me. Maybe you just think about things from weird directions sometimes. And for me, right now, the question I am wresting with is this: What are some i CIOs thinking? That is, did you ever wonder why so many decisions made by executive types seem so wrongat least as far as technology is concerned?

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TechTip: Drivers, Start Your Nginx!

Nginx (pronounced Engine-X) is a very popular web server, second only to Apache in the open-source world. Did you know it runs on IBM i?

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

"Put on your big-boy pants!" is what they told me. "Dig deeper and figure stuff out for yourself!" they said. Based on the feedback I was getting from online forums, I realized I needed to step up my game in my first open-source ventures. Those were some tough days for my RPG programmer brain, but I stuck with it. Now I see the advantages of going through many mud puddles.

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A Look at IBM i TR3 for 7.2

What does TR3 for 7.2 (TR11 for 7.1) have to offer? Lots of good stuff, but don't take my word for it. Although, I guess if you read this article, you are.

david shireyWritten by Dave Shirey  

For many of us, fall is a time to rake leaves and pull out dead summer plants, but for IBM it's time to release another Technology Refresh for the i.


At this time of the year, I try to reserve the lion's share of my attention for the baseball playoffs and the always important weeks 4 – 8 of the football season. But I really should be a bit more well-rounded because this is one of the times of the year (November 20) when IBM releases the latest Technology Refresh to the current operating system. And who would want to miss that?

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TechTip: More TR10 and TR2 Enhancements

In a previous article, we looked at some of the big enhancements that were in the new TR10/TR2 combo for 7.1/7.2. But those celebrities weren't all. This article looks at what's left.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

To start, if you haven't read the previous article about these enhancements, I suggest you start by doing that. Now, let's move on to the rest of the stuff.

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