Expands service offerings for Node.js, Git & open source on IBM i

Seiden Group, specialists in IBM i open source and API-based application development and training, today announces that IBM Champion Liam Allan has joined their organization. As an active leader in the IBM i open source community, Allan will provide Seiden Group clients with development and training services involving Node.js, Git, RPG, and emerging open source technologies.

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Strategic Purchase by Centerbridge Funds to Enable Next Generation of Marketing and Commerce Software Solutions; Accelerates Mission to Bring AI to the CMO Post-Close, Current Executive Team to Continue Leading Business

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Global Gender Gap in Leadership Could Persist until 2073 Unless Companies Prioritize Advancing Women

A new study by IBM, "Women, Leadership, and the Priority Paradox," polled 2,300 executives and professionals and revealed that the leadership gender gap in the global workplace continues to persist because organizations have yet to make advancing women a formal business priority. The study also provides guidance on how to drive change.

The global study, conducted by IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) in cooperation with Oxford Economics, surveyed an equal number of women and men from organizations worldwide across multiple industries to better understand why a large gender disparity in the leadership ranks persists and what can be done to drive progress toward gender equality. In addition to the qualitative survey, IBV conducted a series of one on one interviews with executives and professionals across six global regions.

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For significant improvement over classical systems, the power of quantum computers must double every year

At the 2019 American Physical Society March Meeting, IBM unveiled a new scientific milestone, announcing its highest quantum volume to date. Quantum Volume is a measurement, a procedure developed by IBM, that determines how powerful a quantum computer is, accounting for both gate and measurement errors, device cross talk, as well as device connectivity and circuit compiler efficiency. It follows that the higher the Quantum Volume, the more real-world, complex problems quantum computers can potentially solve, such as simulating chemistry, modeling financial risk, and supply chain optimization.  

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IBM today is being recognized as one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute.

Ethisphere – a global organization devoted to defining and advancing ethical business practices – honors companies driving positive change in business and society. Companies recognized are role models in ethics and compliance, organizational culture, governance, corporate citizenship, and leadership and reputation.

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HelpSystems announced today that its fifth annual IBM i Marketplace Survey Results reveal not only that the IBM i platform continues to be a top choice for IT professionals, but also that investment in the platform is growing. More than 750 IT professionals from around the world participated in the annual survey, which has become an industry benchmark that informs millions of users on how their peers approach pressing IT challenges.

Responses from administrators, developers, and IT leaders helped build the picture of how companies in diverse sectors approach security, automation, business continuity, and more. The survey underscores the IBM i platform’s long-term stability at every turn. In fact, 71 percent of organizations rely on it to run more than half of their core business applications, and 24 percent plan to increase their IBM i footprint in 2019. Ninety-two percent of respondents believe IBM i provides better return on investment (ROI) than other options, a trend that has continued since the survey began. In addition, 58 percent of respondents indicated they will undertake a hardware upgrade, a software upgrade, or both initiatives in the coming year.

“We’ve heard from many of our customers that they’re ready to migrate to POWER9 servers, and 14 percent of those who participated in the survey have already made this move,” said Tom Huntington, Executive Vice President of Technical Solutions, HelpSystems. “It stands to reason that sizing these migrations properly, implementing the right security controls, and introducing automation are key elements to these projects. I’m proud that HelpSystems continues to lead the industry when it comes to having the IBM i expertise our customers need to accomplish these goals and maximize their use of the platform.”

Just as in years past, security continues to be a top challenge for 69 percent of survey respondents, and the results show an 8 percent year-over-year increase in those concerned about having the right security knowledge and skills in house. However, the data shows that many organizations have also failed to implement even basic security protocols such as antivirus software and database encryption to prevent intrusion from internal and external sources. When it comes to disaster recovery, nearly half of respondents rely on high availability for maintaining uptime. 

“Year after year, this survey shows that the IBM i platform is incredibly stable, and users are highly loyal to the technology to support their critical operations,” said Chris Heim, CEO, HelpSystems. “IBM i development continues at a rapid pace, and HelpSystems stands at the ready to support users around the world as they evolve their technology strategies with this proven platform as a core component.”

The industry is gearing up for HelpSystems’ live webinar on the results, which will be held twice on Jan. 17, at 8 a.m. CT and 2 p.m. CT. Registration is available via this link