Volume 25, Number 61 -- December 7, 2015
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A Rising Tide
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The system business is roaring along in 2015, and it looks like the industry might devour a historic number of machines this year, if the first three quarters are any indication. The amount of capacity that companies are consuming is staggering, and not something the analysts at IDC or Gartner talk about when they put out their quarterly figures. But we like to think these things through. READ MORE >

Fresche Legacy Gets $6 Million Infusion To Expand
by Dan Burger

It might surprise some people to read about companies that are investing in the IBM midrange platform. After all, at least one of the top research and analysis firms has had IBM i, and before that the iSeries, and before that the AS/400, on a death watch for something like a dozen years or so. Not everyone believes that. And here's a $6 million reason why the IBM i market is worthy of investment. READ MORE >

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ISVs In Denial About Software Licensing
by Alex Woodie

The only constant. . . is change. That cliche is enough to induce a vigorous eye roll from hardened IT pros, but it's actually apropos for the IT industry, which feeds off disruption like the Kardashians feed on media attention. Now, a pair of new studies indicate a large number of software vendors are ill equipped to handle the current round of cloud- and mobile-induced IT chaos. READ MORE >

As I See It: Revolving Door
by Victor Rozek

Just when you think the excesses and oddities of the Internet can no longer surprise, along come reports of an online help desk--24/7 assistance for the budding jihadist. Well, it turns out the reports were inaccurate. It's not a single point of contact, but a decentralized, multi-platform recruit outreach, according to West Point's Combating Terrorism Center. Regardless, trolling for expendable volunteers willing to detonate themselves for your cause certainly marks a departure from the ordinary array of bile-flavored hate sites. READ MORE >

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IBM i Horror Story With A Happy Ending
by Dan Burger

Users of IBM i and its predecessors have had their share of horror stories. Those on any other business computing platform can say the same. However, I think it's fair to say the IBM midrange platform is no worse than any other and is better than its competition in many ways. But that doesn't make it a fairy tale. Evidence of this is the IBM Entitled Systems Support. Also known as the portal to hell. READ MORE >

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