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IBM i Pulse: September 2, 2016

Posted by Profound Logic on Sep 2, 2016 1:06:08 PM


Welcome back to your favorite IBM i news roundup. We know it's been a while so let's catch you up with the biggest headlines from the past few weeks.

Talking Modernization With Profound Logic
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

  • Modernization, in its many guises, seems to be a big driver of the IBM i ecosystem these days...the diehard IBM i faithful need to update their code to work with modern devices and to look and feel like other modern software, and they need some help.
  • Last week, we had a chat with Alex Roytman, founder and CEO at application modernization tool maker Profound Logic, about what is happening out there in the IBM i base and get some insight on what is happening with modernization efforts and how this might help bolster the IBM i community over the long haul.

Read more: http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh081516-story02.html

Using Scope in Linear-Main Programs to Create More Stable Applications
by Brian May

  • Linear-main RPG programs eliminate the RPG logic cycle and add new levels of variable scoping to protect your code from bugs down the road.
  • ...this article will demonstrate how to create a program without the logic cycle and concentrate on what I think is a very useful benefit to using linear-main procedures in program.

Read more: http://www.mcpressonline.com/rpg/using-scope-in-linear-main-programs-to-create-more-stable-applications.html

The Prospects For A Power9 Revolution
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

  • As a relative underdog as a supplier of processors in the datacenter now that it has left the X86 server market and has gone from being a partner of Intel to a direct competitor that is fostering its own ecosystem in the richest and most competitive parts of the market, IBM wants for the Power processor to be able to take on the Xeon chip and win.
  • The top chip engineers at IBM will be on hand at the Hot Chips 28 conference next week in Silicon Valley, just down the road from Intel's headquarters, and we will be on hand to get all the details that Big Blue will divulge about the Power9 chips that are expected to be rolled out in 2017 for scale-out machines and in 2018 for larger SMP machines.

Source: http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh082216-story01.html

Power9 Gets Ready To Roll In Systems In 2017
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

  • In about a year or so, a radically different Power processor family will be embedded as the motors in the Power Systems machines that will drive IBM i applications into the future. 
  • The real innovation that will drive the Power platform forward is the OpenPower Foundation and the fact that Big Blue has rearchitected its chips and its business model for those processors so they can be used in a broader array of machines in the datacenter. 
  • Interestingly, IBM will be tuning up and down the virtual threads, implemented using simultaneous multithreading, which IBM has had in its chips in one form or another since the "Northstar" PowerPC chips back in the late 1990s.

Read more: http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh082916-story01.html

Clouds Grow, But Can IBM i Follow?
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

  • According to researchers at IDC public cloud spending is expected to hit $96.5 billion in 2016, and moreover is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 20.4 percent between 2015 and 2020, rising through $195 billion by the end of the forecast period.
  • "Cloud software will significantly outpace traditional software product delivery over the next five years, growing nearly three times faster than the software market as a whole and becoming the significant growth driver to all functional software markets," explained Benjamin McGrath

Read more: http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh082916-story05.html

And that's it for this week! If there's anything I missed, please let me know in the comments below.

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