Best of the Blogosphere: February

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.


Debunking the Myth that IBM i Costs More for Midsize Businesses: ITG Looks at the Numbers

When it comes to IBM i, many companies have considered scrapping the system and replacing it with something newer and sleeker. We are proponents of modernizing the system instead of replacing it, and a recent study has provided even more information that supports the continued use of IBM i on Power Systems.

The Internet Technology Group release a report titled “IBM i on Power Systems for Midsized Businesses: Minimizing Costs and Risks for Cloud, Analytics and Mobile Environments,” and this blog post by Chris Maxcer does a great job of reviewing the crucial aspects of the report.  

With so much emphasis placed on cost and budget, the ITG report compares the costs of the IBM i operating system when deployed on POWER8 to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014, and x89 Linux servers with Oracle Database 12c. Here’s what they found:

  • The initial cost of installing an IBM i system averages 35% less than the cost of the Microsoft Windows and SQL option, and 46% less than the Linux and Oracle option.
  • Over three years, the IBM i system costs on average 45% less than the Microsoft Windows and SQL option, and 51% less than the Linux and Oracle option.


With savings like that, not to mention the incredible capability of IBM i, this blog post makes a hard sell for IBM i. Read Maxcer’s entire blog post here, and download the ITG study here.

Four Proven Reasons to Implement ERP

syntax-logo-1This blog from Syntax highlights four benefits of an ERP implementation, but there were two that resonated with the Briteskies team especially: ERP solves IT multi-platform issues and ERP standardizes business practices.

ERP Systems Solve IT Multi-Platform Issues: Running a successful organization often involves running many different software systems. But what happens if those systems are not compatible? What if they need to be upgraded? ERP systems, such as JD Edwards World and EnterpriseOne, often contain all of the applications that you need in one source. This eliminates competing software and compatibility complications.

ERP Systems Standardize Business Practices: Another complication of multiple software platforms is in the event of an eCommerce site. With so many different departments and people working together toward a common goal, errors and confusion abound. ERP systems, especially when integrated with an eCommerce system, help to keep the business logic where it belongs and reduce miscommunication.

Improving internal business processes and reducing redundant efforts are just two of the reasons listed in Syntax’s blog. Click here to read them all.

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Graph from "IBM i on Power Systems for Midsized Businesses: Minimizing Costs and Risks for Cloud, Analytics and Mobile Environments," via IBM i (iSeries, AS/400)

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