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Joseph Gulla

JOSEPH GULLA | IT Trendz | RSS

IT Service—Managed Services

In this post, I discuss managed services, which like IT service management is an instance of the diverse elements known as an IT service.

Managed services are usually associated with getting someone else to handle day-to-day management responsibilities and functions like application testing, systems and network management, or data center hosting. These are just representative examples and there are many other instances of managed services in the marketplace. The “someone else” is an IT services company that leverages labor and perhaps hardware and software to perform a collection of IT services.

Michael AM Felt

MICHAEL AM FELT | SecuringAIX | RSS

SSL – You Have a Choice Very Soon!

First thing: What’s in a name? We generally speak and write SSL, but what we really should mean is TLS. For this blog, I shall continue this convention of SSL but soon I shall speak TLS only!

Dawn May

DAWN MAY | i Can | RSS

Open Source for IBM i - 5733OPS

IBM continues to bring more and more industry standard and open source technologies to IBM i. While IBM i has its own (easy-to-learn) interfaces and operating system implementation, it also has an extremely rich set of features that are industry standard as well as open source.

Jon Paris and Susan Gantner

JON PARIS AND SUSAN GANTNER | iDevelop | RSS

Is the Desktop PC Dead?

We can’t recall the last time that we thought of buying a desktop PC. With the exception of perhaps the iMac, they are just so passé. Every time we visit Best Buy or similar stores it is nothing but wall-to-wall laptops and tablets--not to mention giant cell phones. And while we are sometimes tempted by iMacs, that purchase will wait until we’re on the road a lot less than we are now and no longer depend on MacBooks as our day-to-day machines.

Steve Will

STEVE WILL | You and i | RSS

Talking to IBM i Clients in 2014

One of the core pieces of the IBM i strategy is communicating with our community. Historically, our platform has been quite intentional in working with user groups, in supporting major conferences, and in sending IBM i experts to local sessions around the world. In the past several years, we’ve “doubled down” on this part of our strategy, particularly where participation from our development team is concerned.

Troy Coleman

TROY COLEMAN | DB2utor | RSS

Avoiding Indirect References in DB2 11

When designing the physical structure “table space” used to store table data, DBAs must understand the types of processing that will occur against the table. Will the table have lots of inserts, updates or deletes, or is it mainly read-only? Will the table rows be variable length due to either VARCHAR columns or data compression? Answering these questions helps DBAs choose the appropriate table space storage options during the creation.

Rob McNelly

ROB MCNELLY | AIXchange | RSS

A Fun Look Back at Technology

I like watching many of the old movies aired on TCM (aka, The Movie Channel). In addition to enjoying the stories being told, I just love seeing the clothing and the buildings and the landscapes of bygone eras. While I understand that much of what I'm viewing is actually black and white footage of Hollywood sets and interiors -- as opposed to the "real world" that existed back then -- I still find it fascinating to hear how people talked and see how they went about their daily lives.

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