Dan Burger serves as the Vice President and Executive Managing Editor of the IT Jungle family of publications. Burger has been writing and editing for IT industry publications since 1999. Since joining Guild Companies in November 2001, Burger has been a contributing editor to The Four Hundred and its antecedents, Four Hundred Stuff, Four Hundred Guru, and Four Hundred Monitor. Over the past three decades, Burger has been an author and editor for several newspapers, magazines, and book publishers. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University.
September 10, 2018 Dan Burger
Editor’s Note: Our dear friend and colleague, Dan Burger, passed away in August. We grieve. The last story that Dan worked on was about long-time security expert, Pat Botz, joining HelpSystems, the conglomerate that focuses on systems management, monitoring, security, high availability clustering, and performance management for the IBM i platform, along with a bunch of tools for complementary AIX and Linux platforms.
Botz goes way back in the computer industry. He wrote the Basic compiler and CAD tools for Control Data supercomputers and then lead the development of CAD tools for its AIX workstation line three decades ago. He … “Weak Internal Security Causes Weak External Security”Read more
August 22, 2018 Dan Burger
Power9 continues to grab headlines this week, inside and outside the Jungle, as the number crunchers continue to wonder if IBM’s latest release will result in continued good fortune (and good revenue reporting) for Big Blue. AI also stays on the hot topic list, bringing up some interesting (and maybe scary) theories for the future. But using data to your advantage can pay off big dividends and recruiters are starting to look for new ways to find the right talent for the job (think: Moneyball). Surprisingly COBOL popped up on our news radar this week with a refreshing look at … “Four Hundred Monitor, August 22”Read more
August 15, 2018 Dan Burger
A new star was born last week. August 7 was the official launch of Power9. IT Jungle has been covering the impending launch for months, and be assured we will continue to stay on top of Power9 and how it relates to our i ecosystem. With the pace of change in tech right now, it is more important than ever to keep up on those skills, so be sure to look for opportunities for learning and collaboration with other Power Systems professionals. We also have some new blogs and podcasts to share with you this week in our Redbooks, White … “Four Hundred Monitor, August 15”Read more
July 25, 2018 Dan Burger
We hope you’re not getting tired of hearing about blockchain because a lot of companies are pinning their hopes to this burgeoning technology. IBM is one of many global IT leaders pouring talent and money into mastering blockchain with an eye on big payoffs in the future. This week we also take a look at what companies and individual employees can be doing to improve their futures, including ways to certify your skills. And there’s a new battle brewing between the U.S. and China as the race to exascale computing heats up.
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July 18, 2018 Dan Burger
The heat wave that has been crushing the U.S. in recent weeks hasn’t cooled off action in the IBM world. This week we catch up on Big Blue’s winning streak in earnings and the fight it is getting ready to mount in the courts. Of course, blockchain remains a hot topic throughout IT and Big Blue is getting some more competition in that arena. Now is also the time to start planning for those fall trips, so take a look at the Calendar for opportunities to keep up on those skills.
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July 9, 2018 Dan Burger
Summer may be in full swing but the IT community has yet to go into vacation mode. There is still a lot of action happening around our industry, including new champions in the worlds of big and small supercomputing. The women of IT also continue to make their mark as we look at another profile of female leadership in computing, this time on IBM’s Summit project. Now is the time to start planning for those Fall conferences so be sure to take a look at our Calendar below for many opportunities for networking and continuing your IT education.
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June 25, 2018 Dan Burger
Discussions about modernization continue to tie top management in knots. Questions about the time, the effort, and the risks to the business are difficult to answer with precision, so organizations habitually focus on obstacles rather than opportunities.
“If you stay in that mindset, you will never move,” says Derrick Lindsey, a modernization project lead at Lamps Plus, the nation’s largest specialty lighting retailer and a leading manufacturer of lighting and home furnishings. “There’s a lot less risk in modernizing existing applications on the IBM i than migrating off of the IBM i platform to other platforms such as Unix, Linux, … “Lamps Plus Sheds Light On Modernization Integration”Read more
June 20, 2018 Dan Burger
You all have an opinion about the IBM i, but how often do you get asked to give it? COMMON is in the midst of planning for its October conference in Pittsburgh and they are looking for input from the IBM i community on what they would like to see on the agenda. The catch is COMMON needs to know by Friday so if you have some ideas, you better be quick about it. You can find the link at the top of our Top Stories. Blockchain and AI continue to dominate the news around the IT community and we … “Four Hundred Monitor, June 20”Read more
June 13, 2018 Dan Burger
Our summer publishing schedule has prevented us from catching you up on what’s been going on around the IBM i ecosystem of late, but we always have our eye on the community for you. As you will note in our Top Stories below, Big Blue has been especially busy in many different tech arenas and around the globe.
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(The Motley Fool) CEO Ginni Rometty declares IBM’s new AI Supercomputer one of Big Blue’s greatest achievements as Summit makes its debut.Read more
May 23, 2018 Dan Burger
COMMON stole the spotlight this week with its POWERUp 18 event in Austin, Texas. IT Jungle’s own Alex Woodie was our boots on the ground at the show, giving us the inside scoop from the opening session and what appears to be a bright future for IBM i and the Power business. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the continued celebrations of the 30th anniversary of our beloved platform. If you haven’t been reading The Four Hundred this week, you have been missing out. After you catch up here, take a look below at what’s happening … “Four Hundred Monitor, May 23”Read more