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Research reveals how leaders are reinventing the human resources function to ignite the workforce

As many business leaders look to close the skills gap and cultivate a sustainable workforce amid COVID-19, a new IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study reveals less than 4 in 10 human resources (HR) executives surveyed report they have the skills needed to achieve their enterprise strategy.

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By Victoria Mack

If you’ve read MC Press Online, formerly Midrange Computing magazine, you likely fondly remember author Thomas M. Stockwell. His decades of commentary and analysis on a wide variety of industry-relevant topics made him a favorite of readers.

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In the world of IBM i transformation, time may not be your friend. RPG resource availability is at an all-time low, and forecasts do not look promising for any resurgence. That fact, combined with the reality that a full-blown transformation initiative can take several years on average, simply means that putting off aggressive digital transformation activity is no longer an option for most organizations.

By Michael Killian of Profound Logic Software, Inc.

Without People, Technology doesn’t matter!

There’s a great book called ‘The Technology Fallacy – How People Are The Real Key To Digital Transformation’ that anyone considering a transformation initiative should consider reading. The book doesn’t focus on technology directly in regard to transformation, rather it speaks to the organizational change required in order to harness the power of technology. Stated simply, without people, technology doesn’t matter. The book addresses a key concept of digital maturity that organizations need to reach in order to fully leverage new technologies. This is such an important concept for IBM i organizations.

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Leaders surveyed name inadequate skills and employee burnout as biggest barriers to progress, yet study finds significant disconnect in how executives and employees rate businesses in addressing these gaps

A new IBM study of global C-suite executives revealed that nearly six in ten responding organizations have accelerated their digital transformations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditional and perceived barriers like technology immaturity and employee opposition to change have fallen away - in fact, 66% of executives surveyed said they have completed initiatives that previously encountered resistance.

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Call for Code's powerful ecosystem includes IBM, David Clark Cause, The Linux Foundation, and Charitable Partner United Nations Human Rights, together with a global movement of 400,000 developers across 179 nations

One of these top five open source-powered solutions, spanning remote education, smarter farming, social distancing, supporting small businesses, and reducing carbon footprints, will be incubated and deployed for communities in need around the world.

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Collaboration includes enhanced PHP RPMs and support services 

Today Seiden Group, specialists in IBM i open source development, announces an exclusive partnership with Chubu System Co., Ltd (CSC) to bring business-ready Community PHP for IBM i to organizations in Japan. Their joint service offering, known as CS^2, includes migration to Community PHP, access to an enhanced, tested repository of PHP RPMs, and technical support.

In December 2019, IBM and Perforce Software released license-free Community PHP as the next generation replacement to Zend Server Basic, which reaches end-of-life in June 2021. Almost immediately, IBM i organizations began requesting help from Seiden Group for Community PHP implementations, special requirements, and support. Since then, Seiden Group has updated and enhanced numerous modules to work with Community PHP, including both commonly used modules such as ibm_db2, SSH2, and LDAP, and specialty modules.

“Our collaboration with CSC began with us enhancing ibm_db2 to support double byte character sets,” explains Alan Seiden, Principal of Seiden Group. “From the beginning, they impressed us with their technical depth and their commitment to helping their customers achieve stable, responsive PHP environments. It’s a pleasure and an honor to work with them to support their customer base.”

According to Yoshiki Ushida, Technical Architect at CSC, Seiden Group’s response times and technical expertise gave CSC confidence in recommending Community PHP to their clients.  

“We quickly realized that Seiden Group was the right team to help us bring this amazing technology to Japan’s IBM i community,” says Ushida. “CS^2 incorporates the only repository that guarantees DBCS compatibility. It’s also the only repository that provides the additional security of signed RPM packages. Through this partnership, the number of secure, supported, DBCS-compatible packages available with CS^2 will continue to increase.”

To learn more about Seiden Group’s work with RPM-based Community PHP and its PHP production support services, call 201-447-2437, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the Seiden Group website.

To learn more about Chubu System Co, Ltd. and CS^2, call 81-054-268-1618, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the CSC website.

About Seiden Group

Seiden Group specializes in the development and support of innovative, reliable software solutions using PHP, Node.js, Python, IBM i, Db2, API and open source technologies. They advise and assist CIOs, IT Directors, and IBM i teams in all phases of modernization and development—from training, to setting up and supporting the ideal development environment, to architecting and coding solutions that people love to use. 

About Chubu System Co., Ltd (CSC)

CSC actively engages in open source development and education for the IBM i community. They serve as secretary of the IBM i Open Source Council and lecture at community events, IBM Next (formerly iSUC), and developer study sessions in Shizuoka. They also share their development expertise by contributing technology articles via the media and technical blogs. CSC helps customers optimize their hybrid development environments, utilizing open technologies such as the CS^2 service, PHP, JavaScript, Node.js, IBM i, DB2, SQL and traditional RPG and CL.

Fresche broadens scope and adaptability of automated solutions to now transform RPG to PHP, producing high quality modern and scalable applications.

Fresche Solutions today introduced new capabilities with its automated solutions to accelerate application transformation of RPG applications into PHP, paving the way for faster digital innovation. Fresche’s automated solutions provide customers the ability to adopt agile modern systems and open languages by converting RPG to PHP or Java, and CA 2E (Synon) to Java. The addition of RPG to PHP gives companies running IBM i another option to enable competitive advantage while addressing inherent challenges with readily available skills, resources and difficult-to-maintain legacy applications. PHP is a leading open source choice of IBM i clients because it has a great, proven ecosystem and is an accessible language to create quality, maintainable code using RPG developers or existing PHP developers who have no experience on IBM i.

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The August findings of an ongoing IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) survey of global consumers reveal that across the globe individuals remain highly concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their daily lives, but there are clear differences in outlook across age groups and countries.

The survey of more than 14,500 adults across Brazil, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States showed that due to the pandemic individuals are making marked changes in how they work, shop and live – new habits that may not shift dramatically even once a vaccine becomes available.

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