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IBM i Pulse: June 3, 2016

Posted by Profound Logic on Jun 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM


Welcome back to IBM i Pulse, your favorite (and probably only) IBM i news roundup. We apologize for the hiatus as we had to divert all of our efforts preparing for COMMON. The good news is it turned out great and we all had a blast in New Orleans. We can now return to our regularly scheduled programming of about 2 roundups a month.  This week's edition starts off with some exciting news from us!

Profound Logic Taps Node.js and COBOL For New Directions
by Dan Burger

  • We're hearing a lot about Node.js as open source topics are discussed with greater frequency in the IBM i community. On the other hand, COBOL gets far less attention than it deserves...
  • Profound Logic, one of several IBM i vendors leading the way in modernization efforts, is including both these languages in its product roadmap.
  • "We support RPG and consider it a strong language, but some companies are deciding that RPG is not the environment for them. They are looking to migrate code where it makes sense," Roytman says.
  • "With our COBOL pre-processor, businesses can extend the benefits of Rich UI and Open Access to their COBOL applications,"

Source: http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh060116-story02.html

Alison Butterill on the highlights of IBM i 7.3
by Paul Tuohy

  • "...it’s a 7.3 release, which means that there are lots and lots of different features and functions in the operating system that we’ve enhanced, as well as in a lot of our licensed program products."
  • "The first one is in DB2. We added something called Temporal Support. Temporal Support is a fancy name for saying that it allows us to do historical query kinds of activities."
  • "So the second thing we did in the database was we added a lot more OLAP capability."
  • "The third big thing has to do with security."

Source: http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/ibmi/trends/iTALK-WITH-TUOHY/butterill_7-3_highlights/

IBM Wheels And Deals To Get IBM i Shops Current
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

  • We have been complaining a bit that IBM did not deliver new Power8+ processors and an expected bump in price/performance and lower prices as well to help stimulate the IBM i segment of the Power Systems business. 
  • But lo and behold, IBM is finally coming around to the idea that it has to actually do something to entice customers on old releases to move to the latest Power8 iron...
  • The latest deal, called the IBM i License Transfer Promo, was unveiled at the COMMON conference last week by Bo Gebbie, director of sales and product management for North America Power Systems and server Linux solutions.

Source: http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh052316-story03.html

IBM i Execs Put Database On The Map
by Dan Burger

  • The IBM i roadmap goes nowhere without DB2 for i. It's the database that drives the bus.
  • Last week, at the COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition, four of IBM's top executives dedicated to IBM i talked database with IT Jungle.
  • Steve Will: The key to recognizing our strategy around data is creating a data-centric architecture that allows customers to define at the database the necessary attributes for handling the data.

Source: http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh052316-story02.html 

And that's it for this week. As always, let me know if I missed anything in the comments below.

Oh and I forgot to mention, we're partnering with Arcad Software, Gateway Technical College, and IBM to hold our very first Modernization Virtual Conference: "i on the Enterprise". It's a completely free event where you can learn about both the business and technical sides of modernization. Click here to register: http://iontheenterprise.com/ 

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