Best of the Blogosphere: February

Posted by Hannah Gierosky

February 6, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Sometimes we come across a blog that is so good that we just have to share it. We will highlight a few of our favorites each month here on the blog, but don't forget to see what else we are sharing on Twitter and Facebook.

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Topics: JD Edwards, eCommerce, IBM i

Modernizing the IBM i—What Does it Mean?

Posted by Bill Onion

November 26, 2014 | 10:35 AM

When thinking of the iSeries* system, many people think of a system that has been around for 30+ years – it’s old, archaic, hard to work with, and the green screen interface is anything but slick or cool. Frankly, the IBM i has a reputation of being old and “rusted in." Because these systems have been in place for so long, there are many third party systems attached to it, and these reach throughout the organization.

Somewhere in the organization, someone inevitably mandates a more modern system that is easier to work with, has more modern software development tools, and makes the data more accessible to other applications. When this sort of overhaul is being considered, the IT team is often left wondering where to start and what to do next. Instead of ripping out the IBM i and replacing it with something else, consider modernizing your iSeries system.

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Topics: IBM i

Are You Ready for the End of V6R1?

Posted by Hannah Gierosky

October 17, 2014 | 9:51 AM

IBM Power i, formerly known as iSeries and AS/400, is known throughout the industry for its stability and reliability. “It just runs,” is often heard in our office when asked why our IBM Power i team loves working with the server. But because the Power i “just runs,” it is easy to forget to keep it updated.

Beyond a general tendency to forget to update, there are plenty of reasons why your company may have not yet upgraded to V7R1: budget and time constraints, the formidable task of updating third party software, and a false perception of no added business value. However, none of these reasons is more daunting than the fact that IBM is withdrawing support for the Operating System V6R1 starting on September 30, 2015.

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Topics: IBM i, RPG

What's In A Name

Posted by Kevin McCarthy, Sr.

October 4, 2011 | 1:00 PM

In a midsummer night’s blog, I waxed historic about my career-long association with the “AS/400”.

Little did I dream of the tempest it would create by referring to my old friend by its common name.  While I can understand the need in our community to call the machine by its most current name: “IBM i on Power Systems” or is it “IBM i for Power Systems” or simply(?) “IBM Power Systems” ~ all roll off the tongue like Silly Sally’s seashells.

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Topics: Technology, IBM i

Commuting and Computing - Part 2

Posted by Kevin McCarthy, Sr.

August 19, 2011 | 11:00 AM

In this economy, are you trying to squeeze a few more years out of that commuter car of yours? Many of us are facing the same challenge, that delicate dance between often-costly repairs and buying something new. We may even spend a few extra dollars to spruce up the car. A Saturday morning wash and wax might help hide the “necessity” and renew the “desire” to hang on to the car one more year.

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Topics: Technology, IBM i

Commuting and Computing (Part 1) - RPG/iSeries

Posted by Kevin McCarthy, Sr.

August 5, 2011 | 11:00 AM

There was a period in the 1990s when automobile designers became infatuated with cup holders. They had it all, flip up, flip down, rubber gaskets - even one that popped out of the dashboard like a CD tray. I owned a minivan that actually had MORE cup holders than it could carry passengers! I am all for improvement and change, but why monkey with a design that works?

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Topics: Technology, IBM i, RPG

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