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Geekish Garrulous Grumblings blogs › Softlanding Turnover Consultant – will change-manage for food

April 29th, 2013 Comments off
java wakes the brain on project implementation day

"will change-manage for food" - is that a verb?

In this crazy world of IT acronyms and dilbert cubical terminology the art of Software Change Management and Program Deployment is one of the few terms that means exactly what it says. Unlike the most annoying leverage!

managing change can cause headachesAnyway I digress, I'm in the last couple of weeks of this freelance role helping my customer to configure TURNOVER and promoting a major LMS7.1 Hotel application across 4 seperate IBM Power Systems running IBMi (or AS400's in 1990's speak). It's been a fun contract working with some great people. The downside of doing my job is that if I do it right... then everything will work... and if everything works... then I'm not needed anymore  ;)

So, hopefully this weeks major implementaion will flow smoothly and I will be looking for a new contract in a couple of weeks.


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PowerUp › IBM i 25: Virtualization

April 26th, 2013 Comments off
The IBMi25 celebration continues today with the topic Virtualization. Read the vignette on Facebook at bit.ly/ibmi25 after you’ve read today’s post from our guest blogger,...


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Geekish Garrulous Grumblings blogs › Growing up in Aldershot

April 16th, 2013 Comments off
willems park army quarters aldershot

I used to walk this route daily to get to school... but backwards... School was Heron Wood (near where you started) and home was in the old Military housing, Willems Park (which used to be near Asda where you finished). Thanks for the memory jogger   :)

Must try and find some old pictures of WIllems Park... it was a rather grim 60's style tower block but great fun for kids to run around and create mayhem:

Willems Park block was army married quarters on Wellington Avenue. It was built about 1964 and demolished in the 1990s, to be replaced by houses again used as married quarters. It was built on the parade grounds of the old cavalry barracks. 


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midrange.com - In My Humble Opinion › Power Systems Job Board

April 16th, 2013 Comments off
Recently the Power Systems Academic Initiative launched a Power Systems Job Board featuring entry level and internship positions:  powersystemsjobs.com. If you are a Job Seeker you will find a list of computer-related technology jobs available today in business, health care, government, and other organizations that are looking for skills to satisfy their Information Technology needs. […]


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Bob Cancilla on IBM i › Where have all the ISV’s gone?

April 12th, 2013 Comments off
In 1987 when IBM rolled out the AS/400 there were nearly 5000 ISV's (Integrated Software Vendors) certified by IBM to provide business software that ran on the AS/400.

By the time I was focused on selling development tools to iSeries ISV's in 2007 there were about 1500.  Today I used IBM's ISV public search tools to do a query filtered only on IBM i and got less than 200 results.

Go to IBM's ISV Search page: http://www-304.ibm.com/partnerworld/gsd/search.do#ibm-access
The only filter I used was "Verified Platforms" and then "IBM System i (iSeries)".  That produced the list of less than 200 ISV"s that have products for IBM i...

Note that this is an IBM web page and that they are using the terms "System i" and "iSeries"...

When you click into the vendor's detail and then subsequently go to the vendors web page, you will find that most of the business software (ERP, Manufacturing, Banking, Accounting, etc.) vendors now offer alternatives to IBM i based software.  Most support Linux and Windows.

You will note that some of these vendors support only IBM i, iSeries, or System i.  They are the minority.

IBM has been offering assistance to ISV's to move away from languages like RPG, COBOL, or PL1 and move to Java or C++ and move to platform neutral environments where there is no dependency on the OS as there is in some of the IBM i only applications.

If this doesn't send a clear message I don't know what does.  We are looking at a loss vendor population of 4% of what it was back in 1987 or a decline of 96%!

Note this is purely based on IBM's own public web pages.


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Pete's Wordshop › The Austin Challenge!

April 7th, 2013 Comments off

Bummer if you are not here in Austin for the Common Annual Conference.  Perhaps you have heard of ‘Austin City Limits’ a program that showcases Austin’s music and night life (its all true!) Or maybe you have heard of that intimate gathering of music and tech aficionados  called South by Southwest (SXSW)?  Anyway, Austin is buzzin with IBM i excitement and all it takes for me to get a flare up of creative energy is a fun environment and a little free time.  So when I saw a post by Eric Lehti on Midrange-L that said of the iPhone application: “It does not list the Austin Barbeque restaurants in this release though. Big fail!” I thought “Why not add that to a REAL application like the Common Scheduler Organizer I developed for Android?”  Not hobbled by IOS I went ahead and knocked it out for Eric.  Sorry Eric, I haven’t compiled and deployed it for iPhone yet so you’ll have to use the web application version found here.  If the rest of you happen to be fortunate enough to be running Android, go ahead and download the APK found here (use ‘save as’ or navigate to the link with your Android device).

Downloading the new APK may wipe any additions to your personal grid that you have already added (working on how to do that smoothly).  You might also have to hit F5 refresh on the web application version to get the list of Austin restaurants.   The list isn’t JUST barbeque places but I was in a board meeting all yesterday, out with friends last night, running in the Common Cares 5k this morning so I have only had a few minutes to throw this together.

Enjoy!


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