The iSeries Blog:

October, 2009


October 29, 2009  1:07 PM

Young i Professionals start Virtual Learning Center

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio

The Young i Professionals group has launched its Virtual Learning Center, a way for IT pros go to get online tutorials on the System i platform. One of the early goals of the group was educational, and the VLC is a step in that direction. The...

October 29, 2009  12:37 PM

What you can do to spur growth in System i

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio

Trevor Perry writes this week about a recent System i conference he went to, and a panel session he moderated. Anyone who knows Perry knows that he complains about the complainers. That is, he criticizes those who bemoan platform name changes,...

October 29, 2009  12:12 PM

Rochester’s support for the IBM System i

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i support, IBM System i VAR

It's often good to take a look at things a year or so down the road, and that's what I did with a recent story looking back at the merger of System i and System p into Power Systems. At the time of...

October 15, 2009  2:57 PM

Top 10, er, 20 reasons to move to IBM i 6.1

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM i 6.1, IBM i operating system

Craig Johnson at IBM Systems Magazine has his top 10 list, which morphed into a top 20 list. It starts with a push toward blades and ends with a pitch saying the OS is available on...

October 15, 2009  2:46 PM

IBM Power Systems product list getting shorter

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i hardware

IBM has announced that it will withdraw from marketing a bunch of Power Systems-related products starting on January 4. I counted 91 different feature numbers, so if you have an older Power-based...

October 15, 2009  2:13 PM

Lawson Software quarterly results mixed

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i ERP software

Lawson Software, a midrange ERP software company and a longtime System i vendor, showed some mixed results when announcing its most recent quarterly results. Total revenues for the St. Paul,...

October 1, 2009  4:27 PM

Zend for System i now only free for the first year?

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
php on System i, Zend

The IBM i development blog has heard from a user who has been told that Zend Core for System i is only free for the first year. Whether this is true for all customers or not is unclear, but here's a snippet of what the end user has heard from...

October 1, 2009  4:24 PM

Planning for Power7: Some technology considerations

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Power7, System i hardware

IBM has published a statement of direction on its web site that starts to spell out the direction it's going with the System i. Hat tip to IT Jungle for pointing...

October 1, 2009  1:53 PM

RPG and 5250 screens are like music CDs?

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i

The iDevelop blog has a recent post comparing the music industry to the IBM System i. In particular, it looks at how the reluctance of the music industry to embrace digital music -- instead continuing to push CDs...


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