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January 16, 2012 | Volume 7 Issue 1


TOP STORY: Power i Forecast: IBM i Release Lifecycles and Support
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: Document Management Searches for an Identity
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Feature Article - Operating Systems
Power i Forecast: IBM i Release Lifecycles and Support

Point and modification releases to IBM i have given way to the Technology Refresh, but nothing can replace a good program-maintenance strategy.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

The term PTF, or "program temporary fix," has been part of the IBM vernacular for many years. It goes along with the conservative image Big Blue has cultivated of assigning a dignified term to what any other software developer would call a "bug fix." In years past, customers used to say that PTF stood for "permanent temporary fix" or "probably this fixes" since the PTF would become a permanent part of the software—if it actually fixed the customer-reported problem.


Feature Article - Application Software
Technology Focus: Document Management Searches for an Identity

Is controlling documents properly called document management, content management, records management, or something else? And can the market meet the future under this cloud of confusion?

john_gristWritten by John Ghrist

Next to money itself, documents are the lifeblood of virtually every enterprise. Whether they are electronic or paper, documents help businesses keep track of what they are doing and where they are going. But ironically, despite this importance, document management as a product type seems to be suffering from an identity crisis.


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