Ron Venzin is chief executive officer at Focal Point Solutions Group.
June 21, 2023 Ron Venzin
Back in the early days of corporate computing, when it was called data processing, the people who managed and programmed what became known as IT systems came from all walks of life. More times than not, the VPDP – that’s Vice President of Data Processing, a title that predates the concept of Manager of Information Systems and was decades earlier than the idea of Chief Information Officer – often came from the accounting department. But the people who worked for the VPDP were a hodge-podge of smart and curious people looking for something new and interesting to do.
Here …Read more
June 22, 2022 Ron Venzin
For most IBM i shops in the world, a unit of compute, storage, or networking on a cloud or a unit of time for a skilled IT specialist is always going to cost more than what it costs to have such talent in house. And so, you would think, putting an IBM i system in the cloud and managing all aspects of that system will always cost companies more money, right?
Here’s the part of the math that people rarely do, and that we do each time we close another cloud and managed services deal for an IBM i …Read more
March 23, 2022 Ron Venzin
It is not enough to be worried late into the night about the security of your mission critical systems. The IT managers who are in control of the infrastructure at IBM i shops, who also have a lot of Windows Server infrastructure and a smattering of Linux and AIX systems, too, need to actually do something about security. And they have to do something more than just rely on the legendary security of the IBM i platform.
Security software for the IBM i platform has been around since the early days of the commercial Internet, and while a handful of …Read more