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Energy, Vibe, and Atmosphere

by Victoria Mack December 19, 2016 0 Comments

This is IT. We must be willing to bend.

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With a growing emphasis in talking about the state of the current IBM i workforce, also known as the “IBM i skills shortage,” it behooves oneself to keep the noise level to a minimum in order to make even-keeled decisions. In short, don’t necessarily believe all the hype you read.

I’d like to think of this as an extension piece to “The IBM i Skills Shortage Myth.” It’s not necessarily a “part two” per se, but more of a story that runs parallel. I’ve been trying to write this for about six weeks, but some things are just hard to put into words, especially when they involve how you feel as opposed to what you know. Besides, writing what you know is easy. Writing what you feel leaves room for reader interpretation, so you have to be more careful.

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Murphy’s Security Law

by Victoria Mack December 05, 2016 0 Comments

Holes are everywhere. Address them before someone addresses you.

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A couple articles ago, I talked about the need for modernizing encryption on our IBM i partitions. Shutting one door can shut others, and shutting other doors may give you a false sense of security when you have a few windows open. You can drive yourself batty looking for these holes, but every now and then a hole finds you.

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The IBM i Skills Shortage Myth

by Victoria Mack November 21, 2016 0 Comments

The problem isn’t IBM i skills shortage; it’s an “RPG II/III-fixed format-legacy-cycle” skills shortage.

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Yeah, I said it.

 

An “RPG II/III-fixed format-legacy-cycle” skills shortage. The kind of shortage you don’t want to have if you care about the future of your business. So forgive me if I take exception to the argument about IBM i having a skills shortage. It doesn’t. IBM i’s history is rooted in being a business computer for business people. They run business programs to do business things. IBM i may have grown in terms of capabilities, but at its core it’s a business operating system. So when people talk about an IBM i skills shortage, it makes me wonder if we’ve lost the point about what IBM i really is.

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Go Mobile with IBM i Access for Web

by Victoria Mack November 09, 2016 0 Comments

IBM i Access for Web is the newest weapon in the IBM i admin's mobile arsenal.

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I've been a fan of IBM i Access for Web for a long time. About five years ago, my company started giving tablets to our sales team in the field, and IBM i Access for Web quickly became an invaluable tool for securely accessing green-screen applications.

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Hardening Your IBM i Ciphers

by Victoria Mack November 07, 2016 0 Comments

Moving to TLS 1.2 is not enough to keep your data secure.

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I was at the COMMON Fall Conference in Columbus, Ohio, two weeks ago where I (among other things) presented two sessions on IBM i systems management. One of the sessions was called "IBM i and our False Sense of Security." It was essentially a mixture of a number of security-related articles I’ve been writing as of late.

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Bluemix: A Viable Option for Power Customers

by Victoria Mack August 19, 2016 0 Comments

Just what is Bluemix, and what could it mean for you? An interview with an IBMer reveals the answers.

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Last week, I sat down with Adam Gunther, Director of Cloud Developers Services at IBM, to talk about IBM Bluemix. I told Adam I wasn’t a developer up front, but I wanted him to explain just exactly how my small-to-medium-sized business with an investment in on-premises infrastructure could really take advantage of Bluemix. I wasn’t disappointed.

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IBM: Systematic Layoffs and the Concept of Selling Concepts

by Victoria Mack May 17, 2016 0 Comments

It's time to look at layoffs again. Also, contrary to what some analysts believe, a full-scale transformation of IBM into a company that sells concepts is not the answer.

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It's been about two months since I wrote about the new round of IBM layoffs that could potentially see the U.S. workforce reduced by 14,000 out of approximately 70,000 employees. Since IBM of course doesn't publish its employee counts by country, it's hard to say exactly how deep each round of layoffs actually goes. There's a heck of a lot of smoke to be no fire.

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