IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - April 2018 - 4
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BOWMAN
Open to Innovation
ave you ever wracked your brain, searching for a
solution to a problem, only to run the scenario by
a colleague and come up with the perfect answer
almost instantly? This near-weekly occurrence is a humbling
reminder that community collaboration is the lifeblood
This scenario mirrors the genesis of Linux*, the open-source
OS created by Finnish inventor Linus Torvalds. Torvalds created
the OS as a side project, then solicited feedback from his fellow
developers. Others contributed code, too, and the rest is history.
Nearly three decades later, one man's hobby has evolved
into a vibrant ecosystem-and the IBM Power Systems*
platform offers a robust, stable environment for the OS. Read
"Game Changer" on page 16 to learn how the POWER9*
processor delivers efficiency and innovation for Linux workloads. Then turn to page 22 to read about the investments
IBM is making in the Linux on POWER* ecosystem.
In this month's case study, we examine how Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) implemented a simple
single sign-on solution for iPads that benefited its end users
working in the field. Learn more on page 12.
Leading the Way
Mike Cain is a database consultant with IBM
Lab Services who has more than 35 years
of experience around IT. Mike is also the
leader of a team of most excellent Db2* for
IBM i consultants within the IBM Systems Lab
Services organization in Rochester, Minnesota. Read about Mike's experiences helping
clients leverage their corporate data in this
month's Trends article on page 8.
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Elsewhere in this issue, IBMer Mike Cain lays out the value
of leveraging existing data for organizations-and why it's
critical that they implement an effective strategy for storing,
accessing and leveraging that information. Read the full article on page 8. And garner valuable tips on making the case
for application modernization to the C-suite in this month's
IT Today on page 27.
Inspiration for innovation is everywhere if you're open
to it. Read on in this month's issue to find out how you can
channel that sentiment with Linux on POWER.
Claire Walling // Managing Editor
Q Charles Williams
Made Up Cyclist
Charles Williams runs Made Up, a design
studio based in London, creating branding,
illustration and typography. See his work in
this month's cover story on page 16. When
not drawing whacky 3-D shapes, he likes
to cycle on roads as fast as he can for as
long as he can (within reason). This year,
he hopes to ride the notoriously tough
220-kilometer Flanders sportive (mass
bike ride) in Belgium, and also compete in
various London criterium racing events.