Four Hundred Monitor, June 7
June 7, 2017 Dan Burger
An IT strategy is often a major resource strategy. Where to allocate resources and how much to allocate is a big part of it. When you are the chief architect for IBM i, you set your priorities beginning with the DB2 for i database and work from there. There are competitive strategies to take into account and collaborative strategies as well. In this article, Steve Will talks mostly about the need for collaborative strategies.
You could say open source is an important collaborative strategy for IBM i. There’s a legitimate emphasis in that direction. Building skills and increasing the IBM i workforce could benefit from an improved collaborative effort.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(You and i) Steve Will is really out there. That’s not to say he’s on another planet or out of touch. Just the opposite. He’s the face of IBM i. And more importantly, he’s the voice. He’s “out there” talking with the users, the software vendors and the business partners. One of his favorite topics is IBM i strategy.
(Open Your i) Apache is the integrated, highly utilized Web server for IBM i. Java- and PHP-based applications are particularly at home with Apache. So, what about the latest IBM i support for the nginx Web server? Jesse Gorzinski, IBM’s designated hitter in the open source lineup, says nginx may be the right choice for certain deployments.
(iDevelop) The disappearing IBM i professional resource is a black cloud with a very thin silver lining that looms over the community. Limited resources result in missed business opportunities because systems stagnate and lose competitive advantage. Many businesses consider system migration as the answer to their human resource problem. That’s one answer, but not the best answer.
(CIO) CIOs often lament the IT talent shortage, and unless you’re able to lure young techies with stock options, perks, and too-good-to-pass-up pay, you may find yourself leading a department stuck in its legacy ways. One solution is to train your veteran IT staff to evolve with the times by tapping a hidden teacher pool: millennial “digital natives.”
(ComputerWorld) While mobile devices are critical to any modern business strategy, paying for company-owned smartphones or tablets — or mobile device management software to keep them all secure — can be a wasteful pursuit.
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other Resources
(Connectria) This recorded webinar on IBM i trends and directions presented by IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will discusses the strategy for IBM i on Power Systems, the IBM i roadmap, IBM i growth, and the IBM i place in cloud computing.
(Remain Software) This report examines how business changes influence IT and how application functionality can keep up with changing business systems. It also reveals the challenges faced by software development teams, how they relate to the competitiveness of your organization and what can be done to reduce the cost of IT.
(TL Ashford) This paper examines three approaches to automated data collection integration with IBM System i. It identifies the integration traps commonly experienced by business and examines a better approach using native IBM i labeling software specifically designed for the IBM i architecture.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
June 13 & 14 — London, England – The International iPower Conference is a two-day event that features educational labs and hands-on workshops on day one and lecture-type sessions on day two. Session topics include security, SQL development, Watson analytics, cloud strategies, business intelligence, and in-depth examinations of IBM i and DB2.
June 13 & 14 — Virtual Conference – Twice a year, COMMON stages a virtual conference with online educational sessions featuring topics such as: open source on IBM i, Web development using RPG, XML services, accessing and managing IBM i, virtualization, high availability, and mobile access. It’s free!
June 20 — Costa Mesa, California – DB2 Web Query for i will be the featured topic at the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. This presentation by IBM database expert Doug Mack will include how to analyze Query/400 definitions; plot data points on geographical maps; build a data warehouse or mart; connect to Watson; build visualizations over system utilization information; assess compliance with security standards; and the DB2 Web Query install package. The meeting location is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard.
July 20-22 — Costa Mesa, California – The OCEAN Tech Conference is featuring more than 45 sessions and more than 20 speakers over three days. Topics include SQL and DB2, systems management, RPG, RDi, open source, cloud and professional development. Standard sessions and a vendor expo take place on Thursday and Friday. Workshops and hands-on labs are scheduled Saturday. The list of presenters includes: Ted Holt, Scott Forstie, Jesse Gorzinski, Scott Klement, Alan Seiden, Charles Guarino, Aaron Bartell, and Mike Pavlak. The conference location is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard near Orange County Airport.