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Simply i › Pricing for the ISV

October 24th, 2014 Comments off
I recently read through an article about how IBM i ISV’s are apparently wrong in the way that the charge for their products. While I do have some sympathy and do recognize that some pricing practices are not appropriate in … Continue reading


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Simply i › PowerHA and LVLT4i.

October 24th, 2014 Comments off
We have had a number of conversations about LVLT4i and what it offers to the Managed Service Provider(MSP). As part of those discussions the IBM solution PowerHA often comes up as it also uses iASP technology but that is really … Continue reading


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Simply i › SAVSECDTA timing?

October 23rd, 2014 Comments off
We are looking at how to manage the recovery of profiles and passwords in an environment where the profiles cannot be managed constantly. When using our HA4i product we have the ability to constantly maintain the user profiles and passwords … Continue reading


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Simply i › New Product Library Vault, Why?

October 20th, 2014 Comments off
We have just announced the availability of a new product, Library Vault for IBM i (LVLT4i) which is aimed primarily at the Managed Service Providers. The product allows the replication of data and objects from *SYSBAS on a clients system … Continue reading


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I Think - Therefore "IBM i" blogs › Recharging the English with podcasts

October 18th, 2014 Comments off
I used to live near here

I love living in the USA.

The weather is fantastic, people are friendly, I can see palms trees out the window, petrol gas is cheap and I can own a gun. Life is good.

Saying that... I've been here over five years now and I've definitely noticed that I'm picking up a few verbal american'isms. I find myself developing a transatlantic inflection on many of my speech patterns. I'm frequently asked either (a) "Are you Australian?" or (b) "My cousin lives in England - do you know him?". Luckily, the answer to both questions is "No"

I regularly recharge my English Accent Batteries by listening to podcasts from the BBC. A fun alternative to the incessant twang of country music geeetars on my local radio. If you haven't played with podcasts yet grab yourself a free podcast listener like Juice (or even iTunes if you have gone to the dark side) and click one of the links below.

Enjoy.

The big list of most excellent British Broadcasting Corporation Podcasts follows:

 

BBC Radio 4 Podcasts RSS FEED

What The Papers Say takes a look at how the broadsheets and red tops treat the week's news.


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I Think - Therefore "IBM i" blogs › VPN Happiness — how to fix Cisco “Unable to Manage Networking Component”

October 15th, 2014 Comments off
stop the Unable to Manage Networking Component

A week into my #WINDOWS10 Experience and I'm definitely more than pleased with the whole thing. Thumbs up Windows chaps and chapettes  :)

I just discovered a cure for my only other little VPN niggle.

Last week I had a problem getting Cisco AnycConnect to work, but a little registry tweak seemed to fix that problem. This week I had a similar problem installing another VPN client, in this case the older legacy CISCO VPN Client. So, just to be awkward I am running three VPN clients on my laptop and I am happy to report that all three are running happily together while I type this blog:

  1. Shrewsoft VPN
  2. Cisco AnnyConnect
  3. Cisco VPN (the older unsupported *legacy* version

Problem with the older CISCO VPN

Error 27850 Unable to Manage Networking Component - Cisco VPN

Initially, i had a problem with the CISCO VPN LEGACY installation giving me this error:

Error 27850 Unable to Manage Networking Component - Cisco VPN


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You and i › You and i Has Moved, Please Update Your Bookmarks

October 14th, 2014 Comments off
You and i has moved to http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/Blogs/You-and-i/. Please update your bookmark. It’s the same great content but in a new location.


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i Can › i Can Has Moved, Please Update Your Bookmarks

October 14th, 2014 Comments off
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iDevelop › iDevelop Has Moved, Please Update Your Bookmarks

October 14th, 2014 Comments off
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Bob Cancilla on IBM i › Power System sales decline continues in Q2 of 2014

October 11th, 2014 Comments off
I just realized that I had not read IBM"s Q2 results paper to see how sales of IBM HW had progressed through 2014 after a horrible 2013 year end and a rocky Q1.

Well it was worse than I thought!  As you know IBM has sold its xSeries server business to Lenovo, removing that drain on revenue and profits, but Q2 zSeries sales was down 11% over 2013 sales and the really important note to IBM i customers was a decline of 28% in Power System sales over 2013 sales.

Before you start saying that I am anti-IBM i or negative on RPG or whatever, read the article at: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44397.wss

This article is written by IBM and published on an IBM web site.

IBM is showing improved results in cloud and consulting.

I personally am working on a project moving a large DB2 zOS database implementation to DB2 LUW using Purescale on Linux Redhat intel based processors.  Read no-name Intel based clones.  We are looking at improved performance 24 x 7 availability with no downtime for system maintenance or upgrades (you can literally remove any system in the network at anytime) and you can replicate data across multiple locations...

If you are still running an IBM i with local software, you need to carefully assess what you are doing and why.  Are you dependent on RPG programmers and the language?  It is time to start looking at alternatives.  You don't have to pull the plug on your IBM i based box, but it is most definitely time to say goodbye to RPG and iBM i specific facilities and position yourself so that your system can be easily moved to a new platform not if but when the time arises.

 


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