Are you ready for the new year? I am, and you can quote me.

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.” …

Reflections of COMMON Europe 2016

Stockholm, Sweden,  June I find it fascinating how I feel after each conference. Generally, each one follows a basic template, where there are pre-conference sessions, an opening session, vendor expo and general sessions. Yet, after each one I feel a broad spectrum of emotions, including optimism for the future of the IBM i platform and …

Speaking at the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association

I’m writing this blog at 34,000 feet, heading back to New York.   While I sit here listening to the two young children behind me singing songs and laughing out loud during the turbulence, I reflect on this past week. I landed in Milwaukee Monday evening, meeting up with Michelle Lyons of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer …

LUGs and LISUG’s Night of 1000 Stars

I’ve written it before but it bears repeating – the Long Island Systems User Group, aka LISUG (www.lisug.org) is my home LUG – Local User Group. The “UG” is simple here and very descriptive – a group of like-minded technology professionals, in my case, IBM i. The “L” however is more significant though because it …

A hard dollars and sense ROI calculation for IBM’s RDi

  According to Wikipedia, the definition of ROI is “the benefit to the investor resulting from an investment of some resource. A high ROI means the investment gains compare favorably to investment cost.  As a performance measure, ROI is used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number …

LISUG kicks off the 2015 – 2016 semester

Long Island Systems User Group Meeting September 15th, 2015 LISUG kicked off its 31st year with a double feature from speaker Trevor Seeney @tseeney. Trevor hails from New Jersey and we were thrilled to have him kickoff our 2015-2016 semester. The first session which started just after 5PM was titled “Implementing Animations and Transformations on …

Kicking the tires with RDi Version 9.5

RDi Version 9.5 is available! Kicking the tires Version 9.5 became available for download on Friday, September 18th. I downloaded my copy that same day and began using it immediately.   What follows are some initial observations.count Prior to the 18th I was excited to read about some of the Version 9.5 announcements mentioned in the …