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The AS/400 at 22: Yesterday and Forever
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

When people ask me how long I have been married, I give them two answers: yesterday and forever. I am not trying to be cute or funny--well, maybe a little--but I am actually trying to convey precisely how it feels to be married as long--or short--as I have been. I am also covering for the fact that I actually don't know. I know my anniversary, which is October 4, as does my wife, but neither of us is very good at remembering the year. READ MORE >

i/OS 7.1 Marks a Change in the JVM Guard
by Alex Woodie

There is one piece of news from IBM's i/OS 7.1 roll-out that didn't generate a lot of attention in the System i community, but is important for programmers who develop in Java as well as their customers. Starting with i/OS 7.1, IBM no longer supports the Classic Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that Rochester developed years ago specifically for OS/400. This leaves the platform with two JVMs: one 32-bit and the other 64-bit. IBM says that performance and cross-platform compatibility will improve with the new JVMs, although some developers may need to fiddle with their apps to make them work. READ MORE >

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IBM Adds Power7 Boxes to Trade-In Deals
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Well, it looks like IBM is having a little more trouble moving the Power7-based midrange servers it announced back in February than it anticipated. A long-running trade-in deal allows customers to get cashish as they dump older Power-based machines or competitive Unix and proprietary boxes. The deals are technically trade-in rebates, but the practice among Big Blue's channel partners is to flip them around instantly so they work like discounts. The trade-in deals now include the new Power 750, 770, and 780 servers. READ MORE >

As I See It: Against All Currents
by Victor Rozek

You gotta love a guy who stands against the traffic on a one-way street and yells with full-throated conviction: You're going the wrong way. But that's Malcolm Gladwell. In his best-selling books The Tipping Point, Blink, and now Outliers, he bitch-slaps prevailing wisdom, digging beneath the obvious to unearth surprising truths lurking below our awareness. READ MORE >

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SaaS Surfs the Cash Conservation Wave
by Dan Burger

Sure, the software as a service (SaaS) sales model makes a lot of sense if you're talking about simple and quick to implement applications like But how does it look when it's a complex set of ERP applications that a manufacturer might find useful? More often than not, a SaaS deal like this would be considered by an SMB with a sharp financial eye and an awareness of industry-specific apps running on an IBM Power System i. READ MORE >

But Wait, There's More:

• JDA Software's i2 Unit Smacked with $246 Million Judgment

• Another Indicator Says the IT Job Market Is Improving

• Disk Array Sales Are Spinning Up, Says IDC

• IBM Chops Maintenance on a Whole Bunch of Old Stuff

• Newsflash: Developers Hate to Test Their Software

Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights.  Feel free to send a letter to the editor.  Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Brian Kelly, Shannon O'Donnell,
Mary Lou Roberts, Victor Rozek, Kevin Vandever, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
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As I See It: Against All Currents

SaaS Surfs the Cash Conservation Wave

But Wait, There's More:

JDA Software's i2 Unit Smacked with $246 Million Judgment . . . Another Indicator Says the IT Job Market Is Improving . . . Disk Array Sales Are Spinning Up, Says IDC . . . IBM Chops Maintenance on a Whole Bunch of Old Stuff . . . Newsflash: Developers Hate to Test Their Software . . .

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