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In Praise of the Many PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

Your true worth to your company and your true level of professionalism has nothing to do with what may seem so important today.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

Sometimes it's easy to lose your perspective. Sometimes feeling good about your job isn't easy. Particularly in a world that likes to celebrate those who are on the bleeding edge.

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 12:53
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10 Reasons IBM i Developers May Want to Take a Closer Look at Microsoft .NET PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lee Paul   
Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

What language will you choose when you're ready to go to the next level?

Written by Lee Paul

Development languages. There are many of them! If you're curious, the Tiobe Index ranks them for you based on popularity calculated from various search engines. For November, C is #1 again, Java is at #2, PHP is at #6, and C# is at #5. COBOL has fallen a spot to #28, CL gets in at #65, and RPG ekes out a spot in the top 100 at #93. Check out the new Google Trends tool for another comparison. For the most part, RPG and COBOL hold our legacy on the IBM i, while Java and PHP are the platform favorites and are heavily positioned by IBM for the future.

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 09:00
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Five Common Application Modernization Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them!) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Roytman   
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

Avoid costly difficulties and setbacks to your application modernization projects and smoothly transition to the modern applications your business deserves!

alex roytmanWritten by Alex Roytman

So, you're ready to take your 5250 green-screen applications into the 21st Century. Great! You're not aloneIBM has made modernization a major focus for its IBM i business, and companies are responding positively.

 

The benefits of modernizing your IBM i applications have been well-documented but are worth mentioning again.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:08
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The Top 10 Job Scheduling Challenges and How to Solve Them PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Norman   
Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

It's likely additional resources won't become available to oversee Power Systems operations, so "work smarter, not harder" may be the catchword of the day—in short, automation.

martin_normanWritten by Martin Norman

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "The Top Ten Job Scheduling Challenges and How to Solve Them" available free at the MC White Paper Center.

 

The last 10 years have been tough for organizations the world around. When it comes to a recession, everyone is forced to do more with less. But at the same time, companies still need to move forward at a frenetic pace—just to maintain a competitive advantage through the recession and beyond. It is this enhanced speed at which the business must operate that creates a new level of resource challenges to address, often with no time to waste. It's no wonder that "work smarter, not harder" has become the hallmark of modern business.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:34
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Technology Focus: Finding What Shouldn't Be Broken with Software Testing Tools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

Bugs in software can be due as much to organizational problems as bad coding. Finding errors reliably often requires some help.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

When you stop and consider how complex some of today's software applications can be, it can seem like a minor miracle that they work as advertised. As we all know though, applications often don't do what they're supposed to do or don't do it the right way. When that happens, software testing tools and methodologies can be an important remedy.

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What Modernization Really, Truly Is (Or Should Be) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

We conclude our exciting homily to modernization, the Black Stone Cherry of the IT world, with a thrilling chapter on the final component of the modernization triangle.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

First a quick review. We opened this discussion two months ago by talking about how closely the word modernization is linked with the idea of replacing green-screens with GUI and making more extensive use of SQL. But I think it's questionable whether merely changing your tools or your presentation can, by itself, really be considered modernization. Isn't real modernization about making the application stronger and smarter rather than just building it with different tools?

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More Thoughts on Modernization PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

If it's not all about new tools and GUI screens, then what is it about? Here's a hint. It doesn't use nuclear power or fuel cells, but it is pretty modern.  david shirey

 Written by David Shirey

Last month, we started looking at the idea of modernization and what it meant. And I thought that would pretty much do it. But, as it turned out, it took the entire article to talk about how the current way of thinking about modernization (as a technical task that involves changing the tool set we use to develop apps and its fixation on SQL and GUI) was not necessarily the whole story on what modernization really is all about. So I'm extending this topic a bit today (and maybe even once more later) so that we can discuss this topic in detail. I hope you're not disappointed.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:40
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What Is Modernization? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00

Modernization is once again a hot topic. But what does it really mean? Is it using TR8 and the latest version of DB2? Or does it relate to other things too?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

The focus seems to be on modernization again with the pre-release of the new IBM modernization Redbook. True, it's in a draft status, but I dare themno, I double-dog dare themto completely rewrite it at this point. I don't think it will happen, so you're probably safe to look at it.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:04
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