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IBM i Pulse: February 5, 2016

Posted by Thao Tran on Feb 5, 2016 12:24:54 PM

You’re reading IBM i Pulse, our weekly bite-sized roundup of the latest headlines in the IBM i industry. Before we begin, I want to let everyone know that our modernization survey results are now available. We discovered things like the #1 concern upper managers with IBM i, the direction of the platform, and more. Click here to learn more.

Now for the news. This first article is great.

Ain't Nobody's Business But Your Own
by Dan Burger

  • The distance between the IT department and the executive suite in some IBM midrange shops makes a trip to Mars seem like a hop, skip, and a jump. How do you close that gap? 
  • For one thing, you probably will need to learn another language. No, not Java. Not HTML, either. It's the language of business.
  • Emphasizing business benefits is Oberholtzer's strongest advice, and that's done by steering clear of technical dialogue and learning how to talk in terms of business advantages.
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Topics: Events & Education

IBM i Pulse: January 29, 2016

Posted by Thao Tran on Jan 29, 2016 12:12:11 PM

You’re reading IBM i Pulse, our weekly bite-sized roundup of the latest headlines in the IBM i industry. Some interesting projections this week...let's get straight to it!

More proof IBM i 7.3 is coming
by Simon Hutchinson

  • "In the IBM developerWorks website there are now sections for IBM i 7.3 and 7.2 TR4 enhancements, which were created on January 13."
  • "Does this mean that the new release will be out this spring?"
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Topics: Events & Education

IBM i Pulse: January 22, 2016

Posted by Thao Tran on Jan 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

You’re reading IBM i Pulse, our weekly bite-sized roundup of the latest headlines in the IBM i industry. Let's get straight to it!

Profound Survey Adds To 'Why i Matters' Discussion
by Dan Burger

This edition starts off with an IT Jungle story featuring our recent IBM i Modernization survey results. You can pre-register for the white paper where we go in-depth into the responses and dissect developers vs. upper management viewpoints on the IBM i. It'll be released sometime next week!

  • "Profound Logic, one of the leading application development tool vendors in the IBM i community, shared a glimpse at a soon to be released white paper with IT Jungle based on its recently completed modernization survey."
  • "The top complaint from developers was the negative perception of the IBM i platform that is held by company executives, which results in a reluctance to invest in IBM i."
  • "From the business executives' perspective, the cost of modernization was their biggest concern. It's unclear whether the cost of modernization will result in maintaining the status quo, reducing the scope of modernization, or investigating the cost of migration to another platform"
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Topics: Events & Education

IBM i Pulse: January 13, 2016

Posted by Thao Tran on Jan 15, 2016 9:05:26 AM

It's been way too long since our last blog post and we're sincerely sorry. We got stuck in an extensive process moving off of our previous blogging platform. Who would've thought migration could be such a hassle?  Fortunately, we're now completely settled into our new home here at—and we're excited to get back on track with IBM i Pulse, your favorite (and likely only) IBM i news roundup!

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Topics: Events & Education

We're "Profoundly" Thankful for IBM i!

Posted by Profound Logic on Nov 25, 2015 5:55:07 AM

For those of us in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow. And in the spirit of that holiday, we took a few moments to write up the things about IBM i and its community that make us thankful. What are you thankful for with the i? Let us know in the comments!

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Topics: Events & Education

Profound Tips and Tricks: Adding a Context Menu to a Subfile Grid

Posted by Glenn Hopwood on Nov 19, 2015 9:59:15 AM

We often get asked, either in our user forums or during training, if it’s possible to add a right click menu (also known as a ‘context menu’) to our Subfile grids. Yes, it is possible... I would even go so far as to say it’s pretty simple!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

The IBM i Sky Is Falling? Not Anytime Soon, According to Experts.

Posted by Profound Logic on Nov 9, 2015 10:32:06 AM

Hearing someone proclaim "The IBM i platform is on its last leg!" is something I had to get used to when I first started working at Profound Logic. I had experience working with Microsoft and Oracle, and knew those platforms weren't going away anytime soon. But IBM i?

After a year with the company and several of these "sky is falling" claims from so-called experts, however, it quickly became clear to me that the prognostication about the demise of the IBM i wasn't accurate at all.

Here's the short of it: The AS/400 is several decades old, as is the RPG programming language. Therefore, according to these experts, the platform can't possibly be modern enough to support the needs of modern businesses.

And in that context, they're right - The AS/400 can't. But the IBM i can!

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Topics: RPG Development, Events & Education, Tips and Tricks

IBM i Pulse: October 30, 2015

Posted by Thao Tran on Oct 30, 2015 5:06:49 AM

You’re reading IBM i Pulse, our weekly bite-sized roundup of the latest headlines in the IBM i industry. Let's start it off with some good news for all of us...

Power Systems Shows Growth Again For Big Blue
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

  • "The good news is that the Power Systems division of IBM's Systems Group turned in its third consecutive quarter of revenue growth, something that the Power community of customers, resellers, and software developers most certainly want to see."
  • "The bad news is that the rising U.S. dollar compared to other foreign currencies means that overseas sales translate into fewer greenbacks when sales are brought back to IBM's New York headquarters, masking that growth."


Academic Initiative Lives Up To Its Name
by Dan Burger

  • "Skills replacement is something you have to plan for. Reacting to skills lost through retirement or other avenues is a too little, too late scenario."
  • "You build a skills pipeline by bringing people into your organization and you move them along through the company. Aiding that effort is the IBM Power System Academic Initiative, which has been making some notable progress lately."
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Topics: Events & Education

IBM i Pulse: October 23, 2015

Posted by Thao Tran on Oct 23, 2015 3:40:10 AM

You’re reading IBM i Pulse, our weekly bite-sized roundup of the latest headlines in the IBM i industry. We're starting this week's edition off with an article from one of our own prized developers, Brian May...

Programming Standards: Good, Bad, and Ugly
by Brian May

  • "This month, I want to talk about coding standards. The mention of the topic makes some managers and developers all warm and fuzzy and others cringe."
  • "Standards have a place. They can add consistency to your code and greatly reduce the time needed to analyze code or research bugs. Naming conventions and application structure should adhere to a standard."
  • "Your standards should never limit your developers' creativity. While some may think a developer's job is to write code, they are really there to solve problems. Standards should help developers solve problems, not hinder them."


What JSON on IBM i Can Do For You
by Alex Woodie

  • "One of the most compelling new features that IBM added to the DB2 for i database in recent memory is support for JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), which has become the de facto standard interchange format for Web data."
  • "Many IBM i developers are beginning to use JavaScript as a front-end scripting language for developing Web and mobile interfaces. While the backend business logic for these apps remain in RPG, Java, PHP, or other language, the front-end is typically written in JavaScript, and quite often the data format it will use is JSON."
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Topics: Events & Education

Handling Multiple Companies and Divisions within Atrium

Posted by Alex Roytman on Oct 15, 2015 3:48:25 AM

Atrium is a browser based menu portal that allows you to reproduce your entire green screen menu and display it as a tree or accordion format. A user can click a menu item which starts a Genie interactive session. Genie then runs a macro which navigates though the green screen menus until it arrives at the target screen. The navigation occurs very quickly, is not visible to the user and is a very effective way to modernize and simplify access to an ERP application running on IBM i.

Recently, we have come across situations where there are multiple companies or divisions within an application. The green screen menus may allow a user to enter a company number or similar which changes the library list, thereby changing the company. A Genie macro is certainly able to detect the company field and populate a company number but there is no built-in method to choose a specific company when running an Atrium menu item. However, this can be accomplished using a little bit of JavaScript code, along with a new Atrium feature that allows you to execute JavaScript code from within a Genie Macro.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

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