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Profound Logic, ARCAD Partnership Targets Modernization Projects
More IBM i Predictions From The Community
Capturing Data, Not Just Documents
Reader Feedback On IBM i Wish List For 2015
Everybody Likes Shortcuts! Part 2, Playing With Blocks
The Powerful SQL Upsert
Knee-Deep In Ruby Waters
IBM i Predictions For 2015 From Around The Community
S4i Documents Success In Paperless Transformations
Barcode Company T.L. Ashford Introduces Forms Generation Software
IBM Wraps Up Change In 2014, Looks Ahead To 2015
A SoftLanding For AUTOMON. . . InterSigning From InterForm. . .
IBM i Wish List For 2015
TEMBO Regroups, Preps for New Database Modernization Push
Modernization Projects On The Rise, Says Fresche Legacy
Power Systems Inspire New z13 Mainframe

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Lenovo Aims High For Systems Expansion

Facebook Opens Up OS Query Tool

Critical Apps In The Cloud And High Availability

OpenPower Systems Coming In Mid-2015

Mesosphere Wants To Run Clusters At The Global 2000

ThunderX ARM Has Datacenter Muscle

Docker Goes Enterprise As Rocket Containers Launch

Hyperscale Users, Upstart Sellers Drive Server Growth In Q3

HP Goes Hybrid With 3PAR, Adds File Persona

HP's Itanium Odyssey Ends With Superdome X Xeon Iron

Dow Seeks Chemistry Between Clusters And Cloud

Steel Mill Transformed Into Juiced Datacenter

Intel's Super Elastic Datacenter Bubble Plastic

Qualcomm To Storm The Datacenter With ARM Chips

Early NVLink Tests Show GPU Speed Burst

Facebook Gives Lessons In Network-Datacenter Design

Nvidia Doubles Up Tesla GPU Accelerators

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Modernization strategies in the IBM midrange community are inevitable because the future is not exactly hospitable to those who cling to the past. At some point, the risk of doing nothing exceeds the risk of moving forward with new plans. Last week, Profound Logic and ARCAD Software announced a partnership that signals more activity in the modernization arena. It is not the first ISV action relative to modernization and it won't be the last.
Last week, we ran part one of our IBM i predictions series. Most of the prophecies were positive, although there were a few pessimists in the bunch (some might call them realists). This week we have round two of our predictions, including some interesting hunches from the top honchos in Rochester, as well as more doses of (shall we say) "realism" from dedicated IBM i advocates.
There is a pretty good chance that content management systems are not what you think they are. Preconceived notions and unwarranted conclusions are a dime a dozen. CMS, in the minds of most people, is about scanning and capturing reports. Or it is about going paperless and abandoning the old metal filing cabinets. But if that's all you think it is, you are missing the big picture. Mobile and analytics technology have altered how data is captured and how it is used.
First, my disclaimer. I have worked my whole life in the S/3X space: 31 years as an IBMer, last 10 working for the (now) IBM i brand and Rochester, then nine years working for IBM Business Partners.
In my last tip on RSE shortcuts, I talked about shortcuts that help you find your way as you navigate through source members. Eventually, you find the place where you need to work with the code. So in this tip, I'll concentrate on shortcuts to help with that, and specifically working with blocks of code.
As you well know, a common task in business computing is to update an entity (customer, vendor, purchase order line, etc.) that exists, but add the entity if it doesn't exist. In RPG this requires two operations--an update and a write--within a conditional statement. In SQL one statement handles the whole shebang. Here's how it works.
In Testing The Ruby Waters I introduced you to Ruby and how to use irb (interactive Ruby shell) to easily run and test Ruby code. In this article I expound on that and introduce more features of the Ruby programming language as it relates to an IBM i programmer. In particular, Ruby methods and one form of encapsulation.
The new year is here! Will 2015 be the year IBM i makes a comeback, or will there be another setback? IT Jungle reached out to the IBM i community for predictions and was rewarded with a treasure trove of ideas--some of them serious, some of them zany, but all of them authentic from the people who know the platform the best.
We're never going to entirely eliminate paper in the workplace. People are much too dependent on it for that. But the way S4i Systems CEO Spencer Elliott sees it, companies can take tremendous bite out of their paper consumption--and become more agile and efficient businesses--by transitioning to electronic document management tools, such as the IBM i-based package he sells at S4i.
Conversion of IBM i spool files to a format that readily fits into a business workflow process is a great idea. Lots of companies have done this successfully by starting with a clear and well defined business problem to solve. And now T.L. Ashford, a company best known for its IBM i-compatible barcode software, is in the electronic forms business with a new product called TLA Forms.
Although the company might be called International Business Machines, the real drivers, at least in 2015, are set to revolve around data, cloud, and engagement. That was the message from Martin Schroeter, IBM's chief financial officer, who walked Wall Street analysts through the company's financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014 after the markets closed on Tuesday. While Power Systems and System z servers and various storage products will be a foundation for IBM's business, Big Blue will continue to push its software and services in the pursuit of revenue and profit growth.
In this issue's roundup of IBM i news, we cover the latest AUTOMON offerings from SoftLanding, a new digital signature capture solution from InterForm (which is sold as ArtForm/400 here in the U.S.), and the 2015 edition of Infinite's BABY36.
It is the beginning of a new year, and this is the appropriate time to ponder the things we would like to see happen in the IBM i community over the coming year. As I have said many times, the only way you ever get anything in this world is to ask for it, so I took a few moments to come up with a list of things that I would like to see IBM do in the coming year to help support and extend the IBM i community. Please let us know what you would like to see happen this year, too, and we will let Big Blue know what you are thinking.
The folks at TEMBO Technology Lab knew a tough road was ahead when they set out to fundamentally transform how IBM i shops use DB2. You don't tell IBM i pros that they're doing it wrong with record-level I/O, and not expect to get a funny look or two. But to its credit, when TEMBO encountered resistance to its SQL mantra, the company stepped back, regrouped, and figured out another approach.
Every IBM midrange shop needs one of these--a person who goes around the office from desk to desk explaining, in defense lawyer earnest and animation, the magnificence of this built-for-business computer system. What it can accomplish is worthy of attention. What is actually does is largely overlooked and what it doesn't do is overblown and used to plan its execution. What can this system accomplish is the question that most business executives want answered.
Back in the old days, the mainframe and midrange divisions of IBM rivalled each other almost as much as they took on competition from outside the walls of Big Blue. But since the mid-1990s, when the company first started converging its system lines and made sure they could all run Java and its application server, the different system units of IBM have been collaborating and converging. Now, after selling off its System x division to Lenovo Group last fall, IBM is down to two system divisions within a single IBM Systems group.