Four Hundred Monitor, October 25
October 25, 2017 Dan Burger
IBM is one of the tech industry’s leading companies when it comes to moving jobs overseas. Low salaries, not the availability of a technically superior workforce, is the reason. Certainly, IBM is not the only company with this strategic initiative. It’s a sign of the profound change sweeping across many U.S. industries. Read more about this in the Rochester Post Bulletin editorial. A link is in this week’s Monitor.
Jobs are not only being shipped overseas, but many of them that remain here are changing considerably. CIOs are seeing and feeling the effects of disruptive technology. Jobs are being redefined. Longevity at a single company is becoming rare.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(Rochester Post Bulletin) The globalization in the tech industry is a leading sign of the profound change sweeping across many US industries. IBM, along with Oracle and Dell, employs more people in other countries than they do in this one. It demonstrates how American industry has changed, and how deeply integrated our markets and jobs are with the rest of the world.
(InformationWeek) In an era when every board room echoes with calls for digital transformation, disruption–or defense against being disrupted–and innovation, one might think that organizations need a steady hand at technology’s helm to help support change. Unfortunately for many chief information officers, when change comes, they go.
(ZDNet) IT professionals are often told to prepare for the rise of the gig economy and a future workplace of flexible and short-term contracts. While often this is seen as a development directed at less senior employees, CIOs are also seeing a change in their working terms.
(CIO) Experts differ on whether enterprise analytics initiatives should be centralized, either within IT or a standalone analytics department, or spread across individual business units. Many believe that IT is best positioned to serve as an analytics advocate and technology supporter, not as a base of all enterprise analytics initiatives.
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other Resources
(Fresche) If you are struggling to develop an IT strategy that addresses your backlogged projects and evolves your investment, here’s some useful advice.
(IBM developerWorks) IBM i shops can use Node-RED rapid prototyping to address customer expectations. Node-RED is one of new Web-based tools and platforms that have emerged for rapid development and prototyping. This article examines how to install it on IBM i.
(IBM) An overview of IBM i 7.3 TR3 includes enhanced analytics, new security capabilities, and other new functions in IBM i and associated licensed programs.
(IBM) An overview of IBM i 7.2 TR7 includes enhanced analytics, new security capabilities, and other new functions in IBM i and associated licensed programs.
(IBM) This document provides a basic understanding of IBM i on Power Systems performance concepts, workloads and benchmarks. It includes system sizing and capacity planning, performance tools, and Power8 and virtualization performance.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
October 23–26 — Las Vegas, Nevada – ZendCon offers authoritative sessions, in-depth technical tutorials, exhibit hall activities, and informal opportunities to spotlight the best in enterprise PHP and open source development, focusing on the latest for PHP 7, the evolution of frameworks and tools, API excellence, and innovations on many open source technologies related to the web. It includes a track specifically for IBM i development.
October 24 — Mississauga, Ontario, Canada – A one-day workshop on modernizing RPG applications will be presented RPG subject matter expert Paul Tuohy. This workshop will focus on modern programming practices and tools that can transform old monolithic RPG applications into a modern, modularized form that makes them useful in the years ahead. During this session, attendees will take a sample application and follow it through the conversion process from RPG/400 (basic RPG IV) to RPG IV and ILE features, modularizing the code, adding DB2 UDB features and replacing the green screen with a graphical or browser-based interface. Registration is $249 for Toronto User Group members and $299 for non-members.
October 25 — Webinar – This online session examines the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server. Understanding and ensuring application data integrity is critical in preventing security vulnerability and complying with regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA. The presentation begins at noon Central Time.
November 8 – Webinar – This session is focused on producing meaningful reports from your production database. Many business analysts are challenged by reformatting dates, calculating costs, applying unique business rules, if-then statements, a variety of table joins, challenging aggregation requests and multiple output formats. Simplifying the process is the main topic of discussion. This presentation begins at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
November 14 — Webinar – File transfers can be time consuming to write and maintain. This presentation will help solve connection issues with trading partners and ensure data is protected every step of the way. It also emphasizes the importance of keeping detailed logs of file transfer activity to meet today’s strict compliance requirements like PCI DSS and HIPAA. Topics for discussion include secure protocols, encryption, and moving files between IBM i and other servers. The session begins at 10 a.m. Central Time.