Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i Pulse! Each week we'll take a deeper look at the latest IBM i and Profound Logic news. This week we are looking at how to assess digital transformation on the IBM i and we demystify the use of AI.
From Our Experts:
- Alex Roytman recently wrote a piece on Building Real-World Cognitive Solutions.
Profound Logic News:
- Profound Logic and IBM Systems will partner together for a webinar on Adding Professional Services for Sure-Fire Project Success on March 25th, 2019. Register today!
- Profound UI's Grid Widget Set shows you how to display your subfiles in your Rich Display Applications.
- Learn how Using GIT with Profound.js Makes IBM i Development Easier.
- This Profound Pro Tip shows you how to create Custom Context Menus.
- Profound UI Version 6 has a new Fix Pack 2.6 that is available now!
Assessing IBM i's Role in Digital Transformation by Alex Woodie
Every application at one time or another has to go through the assessment of whether it is still viable and useful. Does the application continue to meet the evolving needs of the business or should a new and improved application be brought in to handle the companies needs? When it comes to software on the IBM i, these types of questions are especially tough.
Aging IT systems can give companies pause and lead them to want a more "agile" or "flexible" system. Some call this digital transformation, some call it application modernization. Whatever you call it the goals are always similar: Simplify the underlying code base, improve code maintainability, and make it easier to implement new functions or integrate with outside systems. In Alex's latest piece he dives deep into assessing IBM i's role in this new digital transformation age.
AI is not Magic: It's Time to Demystify and Apply by Rob Thomas
The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has brought so many amazing and unbelievable advances to our world. Things we never thought would be possible. With this rise of "unbelievable" advances came an almost mystical atmosphere around AI. This magical technology was doing things with such little effort that used to take years, if not decades to do. This view of AI also brought the thought that only specifically trained experts who had mastered this new technology could implement the future.
The truth of the matter is that there is no magic to AI. Artificial Intelligence was first introduced in the late 1950s and has continued to progress ever since. As it has progressed it has become more and more accessible which mass experimentation breeding breakthroughs that help everyone. AI is altering the way business is conducted and is enabling prediction with supreme accuracy to help with business decision-making. To breakdown the "mystery" surrounding AI you need to consider two elements: the componentry and the process. Identify what is behind it and how it can be adopted.