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Words of wisdom and insight from the IBM i (System i / iSeries / AS400) community

I appreciate David inviting me to discuss Maxava’s launch of iFoundation. As David mentioned in his blog post, there is certainly a component of “enlightened self-interest.”  We hope however that it is enlightened self-interest for all of us that make our livings in the IBM i community.

As you may know, Maxava is exclusively focused on the IBM i and is therefore very committed to the continuing success of the platform.

I recently used a horse racing analogy (although I fully admit to knowing little about horse racing) when talking to Seamus Quinn of the UK IBM i magazine “iNewswire UK.”

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I have been in the Midrange.com community since around 2001. In those 10 years, I have been helped by many in that community countless times. Today, I got to see several of those people and I am sure by the end of the week, I will meet many more. Today was a whirlwind of events going from the First Timer session to a couple other sessions. Both very informative and valuable information I can bring back to my workplace. I knew going in that not only would I learn a bunch, but I would met new people.

I met someone from IBM who happened to grow up in Nicollet, MN. I found out that she is (if you stretch it quite a bit) is related to me. I talked to several vendors about bringing our IBM i Apps to the web and received information that I can use when we start our “modernization project” in the coming months. Most of all, I found out what I knew already, this community, this IBM i community is very friendly and very helpful. They are willing to strike up a conversation about just about anything.

I’ll write more as I have time.

Cross-Posted on my personal site.

Today I was reminded of one of my favorite catch phrases …

If nothing has changed, and something doesn’t work the same as it did before, than something has changed.

This happens very often when I’m assisting support with a problem … the customer will claim that nothing has changed, but the application doesn’t work anymore.

99.9% of the time there HAS been a change … just one that the customer is aware of.

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Screwups

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Screw ups, flubs, accidents … everyone’s done them. Everyone will do them. They are inevitable.  We’re just human.

So what’s your favorite flub?

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Ed note: The following is a post by guest author Jeff Carey who is a candidate for the COMMON Board of Directors.

I’ve been a proud member of COMMON for almost 20 years now and a volunteer for about 6. Attending my first meeting in 1993 in New Orleans, I was struck with seeing a cross section of the (what was then) AS/400 world. Coming from a small shop at the time, I was thrilled to see that yes there were those with the same issues as I had. I was even more thrilled to find out some answers that helped me. I, for the first time in my professional life, felt part of a community.

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There’s a very interesting article in The Register (written by Timothy Prickett Morgan) about IBM getting into the ‘cloud’ computing space.

One of the most interesting parts, at least to me, is the reference to IBM i …

Ric Telford, vice president of cloud services at Global Technology Services, says that IBM understands that there is a requirement to support its own IBM i (formerly known as OS/400) proprietary operating system on the Smart Cloud Enterprise+ cloud, but did not offer any estimate of when this might be available.

I’ve always thought that IBM i was a good candidate for cloud based services & storage.

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Something interesting crossed my inbox recently … turns out the Maxava company (makers of the Maxava High Availability Suite) has created a foundation to provide grants to IBM i community oriented organizations.

From the website

The Maxava iFoundation has been established to provide assistance to not-for-profit organizations working to grow and strengthen the IBM i community. iFoundation grants are designed specifically to support user groups in the general promotion and free exchange of knowledge, ideas, and skills related to IBM i.

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I’m experimenting with a new search engine for the mailing list archives and need a some folks to help test it.

If you’re interested in helping out, please go to http://urlq.us/searchtest and try some searches.

PLEASE use that URL, as the actual URL may change at some point and I’ll update the short URL to reflect the change.

If you have any questions, please contact me at support (at) midrange.com.

A few years ago, I expressed on the midrange-l mailing list some frustration I was having regarding database performance on an AS/400. I recall saying something like …

MySQL vastly outperforms the AS/400.

For the tests I was doing, it appeared that MySQL was indeed faster. My tests weren’t very rigorous, however. My posts caught the attention of Joe Pluta who challenged me to write a more rigorous test comparing MySQL and the AS/400. He claimed that the AS/400 would beat MySQL every time.

Joe, you were right.

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Quick tip: When you are logging information for diagnostic purposes … make sure you include some information that allows you to correlate transactions to user or system actions.

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