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Bob Cancilla on IBM i › The End of i

December 24th, 2013 Comments off
I have been predicting the demise of the IBM i for sometime now.  The primary reason being the lack of revenue to IBM generated from IBM i customers.  Here is a great article by Timothy Prickett Morgan that summarizes what is going on in a nutshell: http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh121613-story01.html.

The article highlights the decline in Power Systems sales, especially the decline in UNIX (AIX) based systems of over 36%.  This includes a decline in IBM i, but IBM does not report IBM i revenues or sales statistics specifically.  It is all bundled.  Note that the only gain in this area is Linux based systems. Overall IBM has dropped to a second place position behind Dell in midrange server sales.

The fundamental issue is the lack of revenue coming form IBM i.  Most license fee's for the OS are covered under previous agreements and there is no upgrade fee for new releases.  There is an annual maintenance fee (SWMA) but companies have found they only really need that on one small test machine and do not need it on their large (big price) production machines.  You can freely download and distribute PTF's to all of your machines.

Admittedly, IBM got itself into this mess with lack of attention to contracts in the AS/400 and subsequent system arena, but the bottom line is there is very little money coming in.  Add to that companies that have not upgraded to new equipment and/or versions of the OS and the picture gets even more dismal.  Read TPM''s article at the link above for details.

It is time to move away from RPG (because it only runs on IBM i) and become platform neutral so that when not if but "when" IBM pulls the plug on IBM i you are prepared to deal with it and move elsewhere.  Until then, enjoy the best machine ever built and the incredible value for a high performance extremely reliable system.


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Bob Cancilla on IBM i › My New Book

December 14th, 2013 Comments off
Well, Its finally done and publuished.  My new book entitled "Managing Computer Systems in the 21st Century" is designed to guid business executives through the process to assessing and evaluating both their current systems and their IT staff to determine if both are meeting and supporting today's business enterprise.

I've worked over two years on this book and brought almost all of my 45 years of IT management experience to this work focusing on what has happened to systems and IT organizations today.  I've also taken a look at alternative means of supporting computer systems such as cloud, outsourcing open source.  I have taken a look at the impact of social media, modern devices like tablets and smart phones and a key emerging technology: Big Data.

I hope that people find this book valuable and use it to take an in depth introspective look at their IT organizations and the computer systems they are using today.

It is available on Lulu.com -- Click Here

For my AS/400, aka iSeries, aka System i, aka IBM i friends, it is really time to take a close and objective look at the systems you are running to support your company.  Can they be transferred to a different operating system in the future?  What happens when the current staff retires?  If your PO'd at your CIO give a copy your CEO or CFO!


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DB2 for i › DB2 for i SQL Classes for 2014

December 11th, 2013 Comments off
The DB2 for i Center of Excellence team has scheduled some high powered classes in Rochester, Minnesota (home of IBM i and DB2 for i) for 2014.  Make your plans now to take advantage of THE experts and in some cases, the folks who wrote the code.

For the data centric application architect and SQL programmer we have the DB2 for i Advanced SQL Workshop. This event is scheduled for February and September.

To view the description, dates and to enroll go  here  and be sure to check out the video overview at one of these sites:

English on YouTube

Spanish on YouTube

English on YouKu  (I have no control over the commercials!)

For the DB2 for i Engineer, or anyone interested in becoming more adept at understanding and solving SQL performance and scalability issues we have the DB2 for i SQL Performance Workshop. This event is scheduled for March and September.

To view the description and to enroll go  here  and check out the video overview at one of these locations:

English on YouTube

Spanish on YouTube

English on YouKu  (again, I have no control over the commercials!)

If you have any questions about the value of attending these workshops, please reach out to me.

If you are interested in bringing these knowledge and skills transfer workshops directly to your organization on a private basis, we can do that too.


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Alan Seiden Consulting: PHP and IBM i Expertise › PHP Performance on IBM i: Tuesday, Dec. 10 (limited-time discount)

December 5th, 2013 Comments off

Update: a recording of this class is available at http://iprodeveloper.com/let-your-php-apps-fly-ibm-i-high-performance-php-demand

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This Tuesday, learn how to Let Your PHP applications fly on IBM i. Busy? You can attend while getting your work done, with three one-hour class segments separated by breaks.

“Our process now runs 30-50% faster, thanks to one tip from Alan’s presentation.”
—Mike Meszaros, Software Developer, Specialty Pipe & Tube

You’ll learn to quickly improve your application’s performance, including:

  • Give your app that “snap” by optimizing its front end as well as PHP
  • Configure Zend Server for performance
  • Diagnose bottlenecks
  • Leverage unique IBM i performance tools
  • Optimize DB2 and the IBM i toolkit

I’ll be there to answer your questions. What’s more, the presentation will be archived for 60 days so you can review the material afterward.

“Alan is the performance guru of PHP on IBM i. When we encountered unexpectedly slow queries and program calls, Alan showed us a configuration change that helped our application run 3x faster, creating happy users. Thanks, Alan!”
—Adam Chuk Shirley, PHP Developer, Sabel Steel Service

What: PHP on IBM i performance eLearning event
When: Tuesday, December 10, 2013: three one-hour segments with two one-hour breaks, starting 11AM and ending 4PM (ET).
Where: Online
Cost: $150 (but discounted to $99 through Friday, Dec. 6)

Details and registration: http://iprodeveloper.com/let-your-php-apps-fly-ibm-i-high-performance-php


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