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Joseph Gulla

JOSEPH GULLA | IT Trendz | RSS

Comprehensive Systems Management

In this post, I explore systems management as a comprehensive discipline: What is it, how has it changed and what are the latest innovations to emerge. Systems management has developed into a mature and vibrant network of activities that are key to keeping systems available and useful. Let’s consider it as a model with categories and activities.

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JESSE GORZINSKI | Open Your i | RSS

Cleared for Takeoff With Node.js on IBM i

OK, I’m done with flight-related puns for now, I promise! In my last blog entry, we showed you how to expose web services using the Integrated Web Services (IWS) server on IBM i. As you know, once a capability is exposed as a web service, it can be consumed from virtually anywhere. But, what if you want to run and host your solution entirely on IBM i? Today, I will show you how to use Node.js to do just that.

Michael AM Felt

MICHAEL AM FELT | SecuringAIX | RSS

Why I Stay Away From Using gcc (on AIX)

In the title I mention I stay away from gcc. There’s nothing wrong with gcc itself, but rather the maintenance of the run-time libraries.

Dawn May

DAWN MAY | i Can | RSS

IBM i Embraces Syslog

Syslog is a very popular reporting system that runs on many devices and OSes. It uses various parts and programs to encode, transmit, consolidate, and analyze messages from a wide range of devices. Everything from Windows and UNIX to firewalls and IoT devices participate in sending and centralizing messages from across the enterprise.  That is, except for IBM i.

Jon Paris and Susan Gantner

JON PARIS AND SUSAN GANTNER | iDevelop | RSS

Susan's Turn: My First Job in IT

Jon told his first job in IT story recently, and he challenged me to do the same.

Steve Will

STEVE WILL | You and i | RSS

Deep Thinking in IBM Rochester With Watson Analytics

Recently COMMON and IBM announced a very special collaborative event, the IBM i Driveway to Watson. As someone who was completely intrigued by the original Jeopardy! challenge between Watson and champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, I was pumped—not sure how else to describe it. Pumped. I’d have the opportunity to communicate directly with Watson, the same Watson that is now being used in the healthcare space, making significant strides in patient care and outcomes.  For two days, we would be working with IBM i experts who would demonstrate various ways to exploit this cognitive technology and better understand a completely new way of thinking, using a modern business computing paradigm. I didn’t know exactly what to expect but again, I was pumped.

Troy Coleman

TROY COLEMAN | DB2utor | RSS

The Evolution of Db2 Compression

You don't hear much about data compression these days, but recently I encountered a customer who was curious about it. He said his company never used compression due to the belief that because the CPU overhead was too high, but he was wondering if the feature has improved, and if so, how can you determine which tables will benefit from compression?

Rob McNelly

ROB MCNELLY | AIXchange | RSS

Losing a Laptop

A buddy recently checked into a hotel. He asked the desk clerk about in-room safes. He's told the hotel doesn't have them. Then he asked the clerk to recommend a good nearby restaurant within walking distance. He was given directions, went, ate, returned to his room, and found his laptop had been stolen. He wondered if the clerk was somehow in on the theft, but he couldn't prove it.

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