For a quick boost, nibble your way to RDi

One common challenge cited by reluctant RDi adopters is the tool is simply “too big.”  When pressed for further explanation, a frequent response is with all the new features, terminology and overall UI experience, compounded by strong allegiance to traditional green screen (and might I add, outdated) tools, the road to RDi can be a …

Turn Up the Power! Symbiosis, Teamwork and Power Processing

By all measures, the latest chips from IBM are technological marvels.  The MIPS numbers back up the claims.   As posted on the IBM website, the Power 9 processor chips have the processing power to handle more than 200 quadrillion calculations per second.  That’s 200,000,000,000,000,000.  With blazing performance boosts as compared to its predecessors, all users …

Viennese IBM i Anniversary and Birthday Celebrations

Vienna, Austria, June  2018 The 2018 COMMON Europe trip was divided up into two very distinct segments. The first half occurred in Warsaw, you can read about it here. The second half, which occurred immediately after Warsaw was an entirely different experience.   Larry Bolhuis (current President of COMMON U.S.)  and I were guests of Christoph …

Shelfware, Deadlines, Trials and the Pursuit of Better Coding – Part 2

  My first blog on this topic (read it here), where a CIO wanted the team to use better tooling but received pushback,  generated some very spirited discussion.   Of course, what some people posted in public forums pales by comparison to some of the emails I received, but that’s a story for another day… Obviously …

Shelfware, Deadlines, Trials and the Pursuit of Better Coding

“Why can’t my developers just download the trial RDi, learn it and use it during the evaluation period?”  This is a question I am often asked at conferences by IT managers.   I hear their frustration.  In the spirit of fair play, I have also listened to developers on this same topic.   Here is a fictitious …

Another Successful Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association Conference!

Getting to the event and enjoying local color We all know how one gets discombobulated, having to remove many items from carry on bags, taking off shoes, belts and jackets and occasionally being randomly picked out for a complete body search.   Well, at least the TSA folks in Milwaukee have a great sense of humor. …

Reflections of London, Brussels and COMMON Europe Congress 2017

All work and no play? With the wonderful opportunity of speaking again at COMMON Europe  (www.comeur.org), Larry Bolhuis, Richard Dolewski, his wife Maria and I decided to include a two-day pre-conference stop in London.  Larry and I timed our flights to land at London Heathrow within ninety minutes of each other but with his delays …

An all-day hands-on RDi workshop at QUSER

Twin Cities, MN, May 2017 www.quser.org  For this workshop, we supply a sample source library for each attendee, which is used during the activities.  The event was promoted with a short video that was tweeted out to the QUSER membership. One of my favorite things to do is to create are the promotion videos. Getting There As always, …

A Celebration of the COMMON Man (and Women)

I’m so fortunate for the privilege to present at many conferences each year. No question though who the granddaddy is – COMMON U.S.  Over 1000 people attend so there are LOTS of conversations to be had.  This is a celebration of seeing them and enjoying their company.   If you’ve never attended COMMON or at …