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Large Advantages Found in Power VM Versus VMware vSphere White Paper (Edison Group)

IBM has an interesting white paper posted comparing the Power VM Virtualization technology found on IBM Power 7 servers against VMware vSphere 4.1 & 5.0 Virtualization Performance on Intel x86 platforms. Big Blue engaged the Edison Group to do this … Continue reading

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Twitter Admits It Has an “Unfollowing” Bug

The Telegraph is reporting that Twitter has admitted that it has an “Unfollowing” bug. According to the Telegraph: The bug is causing Twitter users to randomly unfollow people without account holders’ prior consent or knowledge. Twitter has advised affected people … Continue reading

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When Do IBM i PTFs Get Applied Anyway? (IT Jungle)

IT Jungle just published my new tip where I answer this question on when IBM i PTFs get applied: Our management has our operators apply cumulative PTFs (CUME) with no regard to when the system will be IPLed. They load … Continue reading

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IBM i Bumper Sticker #4: Old Technology??? What Old Technology?

You’re adding capabilities my IBM i had for years and you’re saying I run old technology??? Right… This has been issue #4 of IBM i bumper stickers. Collect them all. *************************************************** Follow Joe Hertvik on Twitter @JoeHertvik. You can also … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: PSGi Provides 3rd Party Support for Just About **ANY** Aging IBM i ERP System

From Alex Woodie at IT Jungle: Companies that find it increasingly difficult to get good help for their old, unsupported, or heavily customized IBM i-based ERP systems may be interested in a new offering recently unveiled by Precision Solutions Group … Continue reading

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IBM i Daily News Back On-Line

After a service outage with the Paper.Li Web site, the IBM i Daily News is back up and running. This site aggregates daily news and information from around the IBM i world. Check it out sometime to find stories and … Continue reading

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Big IBM Announcement on Apri 11th–Integrated Expertise: Unveiling a New Era of Computing

IBM’s promoting a big announcement at 60 locations on April 11th that (according to Big Blue) will demonstrate:

A new computing category that will completely change the way you deploy, manage and fund IT. And one that will change your business from the moment it is installed.

These new integrated hardware and software systems are designed specifically for the types of workloads that you most frequently deploy to help you operate and optimize your business. They’re designed to get new application projects up and running in as little as four hours – cutting months off the usual deployment time.

The event is called Integrated Expertise: Unveiling a New Era of Computing, and you can register here.

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IBM i Bumper Sticker #3: How Many Apps Can Your Server Run?

Call me when your Windows server can run more than two enterprise applications at a time. IBM i means business. This has been issue #3 of IBM i bumper stickers. Collect them all. *************************************************** Follow Joe Hertvik on Twitter @JoeHertvik. … Continue reading

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Ring of Truth: UNIT4 CODA White Paper on How Big ERP Costs > $1.2 Million a Year

I just ran across a 2009 White Paper from Unit4 CODA on the high cost of running Big ERP systems. Titled the The High Cost of Change for ERP, the paper touts these sobering statistics:

  • Many companies spend more than $1 million a year to continue to modify and update their ERP systems
  • The complexity of effort in modifying an ERP system can range anywhere from 3-25 person days for minor modifications; 7-90 person days for moderate modifications; and 16.5 to 190 days for substantial modifications
  • Complexity and cost of ERP system modification are major obstacles in customizing an ERP system

And it’s just as ugly when you’re talking about swapping out an existing system for a new system. Continue reading

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eWeek: Power 7 Systems Turn Two…and It’s Not Terrible

According to an eWeek blurb, the Power 7 system just past its second birthday, having been introduced on February 8, 2010. In this article, eWeek plays up how Power 7s have “captured” the Unix market by (according to IBM) providing … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: Four Simple Rules for PTF Management

IT Jungle just posted my latest tip on four tips for PTF management If you don’t want to read the article but need more information on the PTFs needed by your machine, check out IT Jungle’s System i PTF Guide. … Continue reading

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Auditing Tweets on IBM i Using Materials That are Lying Around Your Shop

One of the challenges facing financial companies is that they are now being audited for text messages sent to social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. This can be a daunting challenge in gathering information from several different … Continue reading

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One Way IBM Supports SAP on i–IBM i Solutions Edition for SAP

After my post on Raising Awareness for SAP on IBM i, the IBM and SAP Alliance (@IBMSAPAlliance) tweeted me to remind me that IBM is now offering an IBM i Solution Edition for SAP package. According to IBM, the IBM i … Continue reading

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IBM i Bumper Sticker #2: Don’t Call it an AS/400

If my IBM i is an AS/400, your Windows 2008 server must be a DOS box This has been issue #2 of IBM i bumper stickers. Collect them all. *************************************************** Follow Joe Hertvik on Twitter @JoeHertvik. You can also add … Continue reading

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IBM i Bumper Stickers #1 – Virtual Partitioning: Collect them all

IBM i: virtual partitioning since 1999. Where’ve you been and why was it so lame? This has been issue #1 of IBM i bumper stickers. Collect them all. *************************************************** Follow Joe Hertvik on Twitter @JoeHertvik. You can also add Joe … Continue reading

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