Paul Lamere, a Sun Microsystems engineer, pointed out this iSeries-dementia connection first on his blog, so a hat tip goes to him.
At first it might seem strange that Amazon would do this. But if you look closely, you’ll notice that the name of one of the authors of the iSeries book is the same as the illustrator of the dementia book. Sorry, but Amazon is not saying System i folks have dementia. But it’s still funny anyway.]]>
The winner in the first category, for most frightening development nightmare, went to Brad Abernathy, a senior developer for Sunbelt Rentals. In a previous position, Abernathy was a developer for a major manufacturer of bedding and towels and a colleague was working on a shipping application project. The developer started a bug when he created a logical file right on top of the production machine. The bug turned product orders for two or three towel bundles into two or three million orders. Due to a lack of quality check, the systems nearly broke down and the company had to pay a lot of workers a lot of overtime to get it fixed.
The next category was for most remarkable project turnaround. That award went to Manoj Dhamu, a senior programming analyst with DST Health Solutions. He was working on business application that handled member enrollment, claim processing and claim billing for managed care organizations. But they realized a glitch that would require them to manually run other custom programs every time they rebuilt a file. Using the Aldon software, the company was able to incorporate a bunch of important external code into the development cycle.]]>
Why? Well, not just because using the old lingo makes you seem old, but also because it makes DB2 seem old, outdated, and not as powerful as iDevelop believes it to be.
Oracle and other database users are often convinced that what we have is little more than a flat file system on top of which has been cobbled some half-baked database mechanism. If you think about it, it’s hardly surprising. We constantly talk old-technology terms like files and records, so we shouldn’t be surprised if others think that that they are the foundation of the system.
Of course nothing could be further from the truth. What we have is a fully relational database system which, when called upon, can cleverly disguise itself as a flat file system! Those of us who use the platform can understand what a terrific advantage this is–but it’s understandable that others would view it with suspicion.
So here is the translation dictionary, with the DB2 word followed by the “updated” DB2 word:
Soltis is indeed retiring from IBM, mainly because the merger of i and p eliminated any jobs, like his, that focused solely on the System i. But he’s not going away. He will continue teaching at the University of Minnesota, and said he wants to get more involved with user groups like Common.
In the interview, Soltis does express his displeasure with how the System i revenue has been reported since the merger (it makes it look bad). But overall he said he’s pleased with how his 45 years with Big Blue have gone, and he’s looking forward to staying involved.]]>
The Smart Cube from IBM has been getting lots of talk around the web, just not much from IBM? I want to see some real details and when I go to IBM’s web site and search for “Smart Cube”, I get nothing. Once again IBM DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO MARKET ANYTHING THEY SELL!
As it turns out, IBM published an announcement letter that said it wasn’t an announcement letter. As Timothy Prickett Morgan recaps, the non-announcement letter announced (empty link) a new system called the Smart Cube Power System 520. Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?
Here’s a description of the Smart Cube in the announcement letter, according to Morgan:
The IBM Smart Cube is a powerful and integrated server (server family) designed to run the business applications (finance and accounting, ERP, CRM, IP telephony, and others) that a small to medium-sized business needs, with virtually no IT complexity. Smart Cubes remain connected to IBM’s Smart Market that offers remotely delivered services, including help desk and solution support, monitoring, backup and recovery, security, and business collaboration.
IBM Smart Cubes come with the preloaded IBM Smart Business Software Pack that includes what you need to run business applications and workloads.
- Application servers and Java support
- Database servers
- Web servers
- File and print servers
- Directory servers
- Network and application security
- Built-in backup and recovery
- Intel server with storage, memory, and more
Wow, sounds interesting. Maybe some readers would like to know more. Maybe they, like Vasta, would like to get their hands on one to test it out. Well, IBM retracted the announcement letter (which it never apparently wanted to announce in the first place), and now they are trying to roll it out very quietly, mostly in India but also with a few select customers in the United States. Some more Smart Cube details:
According to the announcement letter, the software “allows teams to simplify, automate, and govern application development on IBM i.” Some details:
Hat tip to Alex Woodie for the heads-up.]]>