IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - FF10
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Although I've been at O'Reilly only a few months,
I've worked on the IBM Power Systems platform
for 10 years. Last year, I attended COMMON for
of the sessions I
went to was "Promoting the Future
and Value of IBM i
to Your Business
Executives." Trevor Perry's session
inspired me to
dig deeper into
my own learning,
of digital avenues
to stay informed and network with other IBM i
We're now wrapping up a PowerHA* migration.
We'll migrate to new POWER hardware later this
year, which will give us a nice boost in performance.
While O'Reilly may not embrace open source on
IBM i, we do use open source on other platforms.
I'm hoping to change minds on that and bring it to
IBM i as well.
IBM i is more than a green screen and a great
database server. It's also an ideal web server that's
very capable of running modern applications-modern applications that can be back-ended by legacy
programs, which, in my opinion, is IBM i's biggest
strength. You don't have to make massive code
changes when the hardware or OS is upgraded. The
dollar value is not easily seen, but it's huge.
When I asked local companies how they use IBM i,
I learned that most saw it as outdated and were
starting to migrate. The local IBM i community
felt stagnant, so
I started an IBM i
user group. We're
new, with three
for open source
and wonder why
so many OSes,
hardware are closed source. To help the IBM i
community become more accustomed to open
source, I educate people about open source
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security that's available. I also remind customers
to contribute back to the community.
I help Seiden Group customers get started with
Git, Github and Composer. Composer opens a
large amount of open source PHP packages.
I've heard customers complain that modernization is too expensive. This is surprising because
to me, modernization is a way of thinking that
should be woven into all projects. If you're going
to build a new point of sale screen, there's a
cost. Why not make it a modern web application
instead of building it in the same green-screen
system they've always used?
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