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IBM i Pulse: July 20th, 2018

Posted by Tim Losee on Jul 19, 2018 1:53:05 PM


Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i Pulse! Each week we will be taking a deeper look at the latest IBM i and Profound Logic news. 

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Thinking of Leaving IBM i? Read This First by Bob Losey

There are many reasons that companies begin to think about moving off the IBM i platform. Some of the reasons we hear are; the IBM i platform is outdated, the IBM i talent is shrinking and is too expensive, there are less expensive options for developers, etc. Some of these are simply not true, others can simply be avoided. The focus of this article is to reassure those who are already on the IBM i platform of its stability and security and that it can be the future of your business. Bob gives some great reasons/tips for staying on the IBM i including:

  • Secure, reliable and cost-effective solution
  • Continued enhancements to the platform 
  • Increasing the shrinking talent pool issue
  • Capturing new talent from other platforms
  • Convincing others of the importance of the IBM i platform

Read the entire list of reasons to stay on the IBM i here

RPM and YUM Are a Big Deal for IBM i. Here's Why by Alex Woodie

For those who haven't heard, YUM is the new process in which IBM will be delivering open source software to IBM i customers. YUM is a tool to help you install open source packages (like Node.js) that can handle all of the dependencies for packages. For example, if Node.js is dependent on OpenSSL, YUM would fetch that automatically for you. So why is this such a big deal for IBM i customers? Well, according to Jesse Gorzinski, IBM's business architect of open source technologies, it comes down to using YUM and a piece of software created over 20 years ago called RPM together. 

RPM was created for customers in the Linux community to distribute and install various pieces of software that were required to create a working environment. Now, over the years, RPM has grown to be the standard for distributing software in the open source world. Pair that with YUM and you have a powerful duo. 

“This is significantly changing things quite a bit because people are no longer getting open source through PTFs,” says Gorzinski. “They no longer are installing the OPS licensee program offering that we have. Instead you can just go install Yum and tell Yum to install whatever it is that you need.”

Earlier this year, IBM rolled out a preview of the two running together with the hope of completely changing how IBM i customers get their open source software. 

Read the rest of the article to get more details 

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Topics: Events & Education, Application modernization, IBM i applications, Node.js, Profound.js, IBM i, RPG, AS400 modernization, IBM i Modernization, Agile modernization, iSeries, Legacy Modernization

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