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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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Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00
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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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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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What Everyone Should Know: Where to Start PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

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There's so much to learn today, and the "to learn" pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger while our time to learn it seems to shrink. So what's a body to do?

 

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Do you ever feel depressed? Professionally that is? Like there is so much to learn and there is no way you're going to be able to squeeze it into your already overloaded day? Yeah, me too, and I am easily depressed to begin with, so it wreaks havoc with my id.

 

 

 

But I can't escape it. The days of being able to secure your job just by knowing RPG are over…as are the days of being able to use RPG III for a decade and a half, sort of frozen in time like one of those big woolly elephants. In today's world, you need to be constantly educating yourself, constantly growingor else just lucky enough to be in a spot where old technology is king. So, are you feeling lucky?

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Technology Focus: Can Your Software Apps Pass the Test? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

Whether just for use in-house, or destined for sale, software apps must be tested before being put into production environments. Testing tools can help significantly.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

There's pretty much no getting around it: New software applications have to be tested before putting them into general use. However, unless producing software for sale is your primary line of business and you already have a testing process in place, the odds are that your enterprise could use some help in this area. Fortunately, there are some software solutions available that can facilitate this process.

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Modernization Webinar: Make Innovation a Priority PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Eden Watt   
Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

Proper planning is the key.

eden wattWritten by Eden Watt

Editor's Note: This article introduces the Able-One webinar on application modernization.

 

Technology is now the leading factor for innovation in 71 percent of businesses, according to an IBM study. IT professionals have become acutely aware of this over the past decade, with the exponential progress of the Internet, social media, mobility, cloud computing, and the possibilities with advanced software and infrastructure. IT management is under pressure to maintain mission-critical operations while leading their organization forward at a rapid pace with these capabilities.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:13
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