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.
May 21, 2018 Dan Burger
Big Blue is in the middle of celebrating three decades of the IBM i platform, and the company has unveiled a special birthday box that commemorates the occasion. It’s essentially a Solutions Edition package with some extra bells and whistles. For those unfamiliar with the Solutions Editions, they are pre-configured systems with a choice of IBM and ISV software discounts applied. Those discounts would be unavailable when buying the systems or the software individually.
The IBM i 30th Edition offering is based on IBM i Solution Edition Power9 Model S914, a P05 tier box, with four cores. All of the …Read more
May 9, 2018 Dan Burger
Regardless of what side of the “Millennial” divide you stand on, the discussion of ageism in IT never gets old. Though a strong argument can be made that tech is driven by youth, there is also much to be said for experience, especially when talking about a platform like the IBM i. As our beloved platform creeps closer to its 30th anniversary, we can all agree that the IBM i needs young blood as much as it does the seasoned professional. This week, we take a look at some articles that tackle both side of the age issue.
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May 2, 2018 Dan Burger
The robots are coming . . . to help? The only thing clear about the future of artificial intelligence is that it is set to play a huge role in how we analyze and use data. How worried or excited we should be about the possibilities is still murky. AI will impact how we work, and possibly if we work, which has caused law makers to start taking a closer look at the potential impact of AI on jobs and the economy. Meanwhile, IBM and others are all in and looking to emerge as leaders with AI in most every …Read more
April 23, 2018 Dan Burger
Sorry for the late reply. I am traveling in Colombia this week and next to work with potential clients. When I do get back, I am more than willing to take you for a ride in the Tesla and show you how the auto pilot, self-parking, etc. works! If you are in Orange County at any point in time, we can arrange it.
I did receive lots of nice feedback on the Tesla video, but not on the blog directly. The blog was published a little after the video was first published. I did get good comments in …Read more
April 18, 2018 Dan Burger
Who runs the world? This week in Monitor we see a trend in stories from the web featuring female leadership. IBM is no newb to promoting women to leadership positions (do we really need to make the Ginni Rometty reference here?), and this week CNBC takes a closer look at IBM’s female-helmed blockchain team, which is unusual in the male-dominated space.
IBM’s first chief privacy officer also speaks with AdWeek this week about the changes in corporate privacy over the last 20 years.
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April 16, 2018 Dan Burger
First of all, let me assure you this is not Car & Driver. You’re going to hear about a car and a driver, but the resemblance stops there. The driver is Alex Roytman and the car is a Tesla Model 3. I’d describe the car as a “cross-over” because it appeals to driving enthusiasts and technology geeks. I’d describe Roytman as an enthusiast, more so in the second category than the first.Read more
April 11, 2018 Dan Burger
“Hey, Pops! How many people died in the Digital Revolution?” This week in Monitor you’ll find a story that provides an aerial view where the path of disruptive technology is as easy to follow as a F5 tornado. The Rochester Post Bulletin describes what its town has seen. And what about the American Dream? The story from ProPublica records eyewitness sources from places where some of the heaviest casualties took place.
Technology’s impacts on society should be recognized for what they are. So, don’t bypass the Forbes article with insights on how to lead a company and its inhabitants through …Read more
April 4, 2018 Dan Burger
It’s been said many times that you can’t move forward if you keep looking back. What you’ve accomplished is not the end point. It’s the foundation for building toward the future. You can look back to see what you’ve missed, but it takes forward thinking to make up for it.
This week is the beginning of a lengthy celebration spotlighting “30 years of innovation and we’re just getting started.” The IBM i team launched a website yesterday with a focus on the future, an emphasis on innovation and a reliance on social media (and IT Jungle) to spread the …Read more
April 4, 2018 Dan Burger
It’s the 30th anniversary of the IBM midrange platform and the celebration has begun. For now, the focus is on a new website and its growing repository of IBM i customer stories emphasizing innovative implementations from around the world. Monitor has found Steve Will’s blog on this topic and elsewhere in this issue of The Four Hundred, we have our own story about the 30 years of innovation.
Also inside Monitor are links to articles pertaining to the ruinous effects of poor data quality on machine learning, why email is the best social media for business, and fixes …Read more
April 2, 2018 Dan Burger
It’s not like we never hear about the positive benefits of software upgrades or new software installations. There is no shortage of case studies that tell those stories. But the unintended consequences that gut punch implementations get a fair share of attention wherever IT professionals gather. These are usually complex and expensive projects where anything that goes wrong is magnified, but wounded projects know no boundaries. Workflow barriers, surprising conflicts, and disappearing functionality curse projects of all descriptions.
Do you have an implementation specialist on staff or a trusted consultant to lead you to software implementation victory, or do you …Read more