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  • October 23, 2009 23 Oct'09

    IBM's System i and System p merger: Users weigh in

    IBM merged the System i and p platforms more than a year ago, which brought concerns about System i's future viability. System i users weigh in with mixed opinions on the results.

  • April 16, 2008 16 Apr'08

    System i users: Power Systems merger good, OS name change mixed

    System i users are happy with the System p/System i merger, saying Power Systems could bring more visibility to System i. Not everyone's thrilled about the name change, though.

  • April 09, 2008 09 Apr'08

    Power Systems announcement shines at Common

    Attendees at this year's Common user group conference learned about IBM's big announcement that System i and System p will together become Power Systems. The merger has some wondering how to draw the AIX and Linux communities into the i family.

  • April 02, 2008 02 Apr'08

    IBM merges System i and System p platforms

    IBM's new Power Systems platform combines System i and System p. But the merger and name change may also mean better pricing -- and greater longevity -- for System i.

  • January 31, 2008 31 Jan'08

    System i5/OS operating system due out in March

    Big Blue has announced the new i5/OS V6R1 and its various features, including the ability to run on blade servers.

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  • December 20, 2007 20 Dec'07

    Vision board member guarantees high-availability satisfaction

    System i high-availability (HA) software vendor Vision Solutions recently added former Procter & Gamble and Microsoft technologist Bob Herbold to its board of directors. We talked with Herbold about his role at Vision, the importance of HA software,...

  • December 18, 2007 18 Dec'07

    Q&A: IBM System i Business Systems' Marc Dupaquier

    @46007 In July 2007, IBM Corp. split its System i division into two parts: the higher-end Power Systems unit, and the lower-end Business Systems unit. It soon became clear that the Business Systems unit would be crucial in the survival of the System...

  • December 06, 2007 06 Dec'07

    IBM's strategy to lure SMBs to System i cast in doubt

    Dividing System i into enterprise- and SMB-focused units was an attempt to acquire new SMB customers. But do IBM application development tools support the platform well enough?

  • September 28, 2007 28 Sep'07

    Common board member discusses open source on System i

    IBM System i user group Common recently held elections to fill three posts on their board of directors. Long-time active iSeries and IBM midrange software development professional Dan Kimmel was re-elected to fill one of those posts. In this email Q...

  • September 28, 2007 28 Sep'07

    Common board member: x86-based education threatens System i

    IBM System i user group Common welcomes Bob Krzeczowski to its board of directors as a newly-elected member. Bob has been a volunteer with Common as a speaker and a member of the Education Team for over 15 years. In this email Q&A, he discusses how ...

  • September 28, 2007 28 Sep'07

    Common board member highlights collaboration

    IBM System i user group Common recently held elections to fill three posts on their board of directors. Wayne Madden, who was up for re-election, was among those chosen. Wayne is vice president, group publisher and editor-in-chief of the IBM ...

  • August 08, 2007 08 Aug'07

    VMware expounds on ESX support for IBM System i

    IBM System i will soon be able to act as iSCSI storage for connected IBM System x servers running VMware ESX Server, and VMotion support will come next year.

  • July 25, 2007 25 Jul'07

    IBM previews new version of i5/OS for System i

    IBM's new i5/OS, the System i operating system, has new security and virtualization capabilities, and features can be purchased a la carte.

  • July 20, 2007 20 Jul'07

    IBM System i division filing for divorce

    Big Blue will split the midrange System i server platform into two pieces: one that is enterprise focused and aligned with System p and another that's geared toward SMBs.

  • June 13, 2007 13 Jun'07

    IBM System i gets VoIP via Nortel

    IBM and Nortel are collaborating on IP telephony software and hardware that competes with the System i package 3Com announced last year.

  • April 11, 2007 11 Apr'07

    IBM eyes SMBs with entry-level System i boxes

    IBM is rolling out two System i servers aimed at small and midsized businesses that feature user-based pricing.

  • March 08, 2007 08 Mar'07

    Fast guide to logical partitioning

    This guide explains what logical partitioning (LPAR) is, how it's used, and where it fits into the iSeries world. You'll find tips, expert advice and more to pump up your LPAR know-how.

  • February 08, 2007 08 Feb'07

    Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz Answer Key: iSeries Backup & Recovery

    Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz Answer Key: iSeries Backup & Recovery

  • February 08, 2007 08 Feb'07

    Know-IT-All Chapter Quiz: iSeries Backup & Recovery

    Read our free chapter download: AS/400 Primer, Third Edition by Ernie Malaga, Doug Pence and Ron Hawkins and then take the quiz to see how much you've learned.

  • January 10, 2007 10 Jan'07

    System i shop retires legacy app, starts fresh

    Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan enlists the help of Magic Software to build new software to replace its outdated insurance administration application.

  • January 10, 2007 10 Jan'07

    iSeries/System i Blunder Hall of Shame

    Welcome to the iSeries Blunder Hall of Shame. Here you'll find some of the best iSeries blunders around.

  • December 13, 2006 13 Dec'06

    System i virtualization prevents T-Mobile busy signal

    T-Mobile has plans to double its U.K. stores and uses IBM System i virtualization software to prevent its backup jobs from backing up.

  • November 29, 2006 29 Nov'06

    VoIP too big a 'pain' for small businesses

    VoIP has a lot to offer small businesses, but the market isn't quite ready to serve their needs. Experts say that will change with time.

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    iTera, Vision look at future of high availability

    Earlier this month, Vision Solutions and iTera, two of System i's biggest high-availability vendors, announced that they would be merging. The combined company will have 3,000 customers and about 13,000 implementations of one of their ...

  • November 08, 2006 08 Nov'06

    System i security: It's people

    A recent survey by iSeries security software company PowerTech found that it isn't the hardware or software causing security breaches on System i. It's improper password implementation and other people security issues.

  • October 24, 2006 24 Oct'06

    VoIP for iSeries now available

    IBM is now offering VoIP software from 3Com on its System i servers

  • October 11, 2006 11 Oct'06

    Oracle to enhance Fusion with Sunopsis buy

    Oracle has announced the purchase of yet another software company -- data integration vendor Sunopsis.

  • October 04, 2006 04 Oct'06

    Company ditches J.D. Edwards in-house support for third party

    Seeking budget cuts, Koontz-Wagner chose TomorrowNow as a third-party support vendor on its J.D. Edwards software running on its iSeries, saving more than 50% off in-house support and getting better service in the process.

  • September 27, 2006 27 Sep'06

    New COMMON president Randy Dufault takes the helm

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    At the conclusion of the COMMON user group conference in Miami Beach last week, Randy Dufault took over for Beverly Russell as president of the group. Dufault, a principal in the ...

  • September 26, 2006 26 Sep'06

    Unsecured devices worry IT professionals

    IT admins keep working to make networks secure even as more unsecured personal gadgets, like smart phones and BlackBerrys, find their way into companies

  • September 19, 2006 19 Sep'06

    iSeries shop talk with IBM executives

    IBM executives Mark Shearer, Elaine Lennox and Jim Herring answer questions about the iSeries, from marketing to the broad view to the technical future of the server platform.

  • September 18, 2006 18 Sep'06

    iSociety to draw iSeries users together on the Web

    The Common user group unveiled the iSociety, which is designed as a kind of Myspace for iSeries folks. Common and IBM hope the site will boost support around the platform from current users and bring new ones into the fold

  • September 18, 2006 18 Sep'06

    COMMON restructures conferences

    The COMMON user group has restructured its conference structure, opting to focus on one main conference in the spring and scaling back the fall event to three days.

  • September 13, 2006 13 Sep'06

    Disaster recovery to lead Common iSeries user group conference

    The focus of Common's fall conference, being held in Miami next week, will be disaster recovery. The 6,500-member iSeries user group, representing more than 23,000 IT professionals, has had Beverly Russell as president since the fall of 2004.

  • September 06, 2006 06 Sep'06

    Server consolidation, virtualization give U.S. Open the advantage

    IBM runs the USOpen.org Web site with a combination of System p and System i servers.

  • August 29, 2006 29 Aug'06

    Oracle goes back to school with PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management 9

    Oracle says it's getting vertical and bolstering compliance capabilities with the newest addition to the PeopleSoft Enterprise 9 suite.

  • August 24, 2006 24 Aug'06

    System i software wrap

    In this iSeries software product wrap, we look at new applications from Linoma Software, CenturioDB, Help/Systems and Seagull Software.

  • August 15, 2006 15 Aug'06

    Red Wing finds that Intentia-Lawson merger fits just right

    Red Wing Shoe, which already had Intentia's ERP software, decided to implement Lawson's BI software after a merger between the two companies this spring.

  • August 10, 2006 10 Aug'06

    IBM expands System i Capacity Backup Editions for SMBs

    IBM has announced more Capacity Backup Editions to help midsized companies with disaster recovery and high availability.

  • August 08, 2006 08 Aug'06

    SOA governance gets high rating from Dun & Bradstreet

    Business information company finds hidden dividends in using a design-time metadata registry/repository to inventory and govern artifacts.

  • August 03, 2006 03 Aug'06

    IBM releases DB2 email archiving hardware and software

    IBM announced the release of its DB2 CommonStore Email Archiving Solution, an appliance that SMBs with little to no IT staffs can install quickly and easily.

  • August 02, 2006 02 Aug'06

    Just how invincible is the iSeries (AS/400)?

    Over the years we've all heard stories of the iSeries (AS/400) being nearly indestructible. It may have been thrown from a moving vehicle, caught in a fire, sealed in a wall or immersed in water and still came out smelling like an iSeries. Our ...

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    DSPPGMREF (Display Program Reference)

    Learn why Search400.com members say the DSPPGMREF (Display Program Reference) command is one of the most helpful iSeries (AS/400) commands.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    NETSTAT (Network Status)

    Learn why Search400.com members added the NETSTAT (Network Status) command to their list of favorite iSeries (AS/400) commands.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    DSPPGM (Display Program)

    Learn why the DSPPGM (Display Program) command ranked in the top 10 favorite iSeries (AS/400) commands.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    WRKACTJOB (Work with Active Jobs)

    WRKACTJOB (Work with Active Jobs)

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    WRKSYSACT (Work with System Activity)

    iSeries users say that the WRKSYSACT (Work with System Activity) command tops their list of favorite iSeries (AS/400) commands.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    DSPPTF (Display PTF)

    The DSPPTF (Display PTF) command is a favorite in the iSeries (AS/400) community. Find out why.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    DSPFD (Display File Description)

    The DSPFD (Display File Description) command is a favorite among iSeries (AS/400) users.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    WRKCFGSTS (Work with Configuration Status)

    Search400.com members say the WRKCFGSTS (Work with Configuration Status) command is extremely helpful.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    WRKOBJPDM (Work with Objects using PDM)

    iSeries users say WRKOBJPDM (Work with Objects using PDM) is a must-use command.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    WRKOBJLCK (Work with Object Locks)

    Learn why the WRKOBJLCK (Work with Object Locks) command is a favorite in the iSeries (AS/400) community.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    iSeries software converts green screen programs to Web

    iSeries software provider Profound Logic has released a new version of RPGsp, which allows developers to take RPG-coded green-screen applications and convert them to HTML for easier viewing in Web browsers.

  • July 27, 2006 27 Jul'06

    SCO down but not out in lawsuit against IBM

    SCO's longstanding brawl with IBM is tilting in Big Blue's favor after a judge threw out 194 of the Unix vendor's claims. But the Linux community should stay tuned, said one legal expert. This case is far from over.

  • July 25, 2006 25 Jul'06

    Seafood company dumps HP3000 for iSeries

    Trident Seafoods has moved to an iSeries shop after looking to expand its operations and keep better track of where the fish it's caught have come from, and where they're going.

  • July 20, 2006 20 Jul'06

    System i revenues slide

    For the third consecutive quarter, iSeries sales have dropped. The disappointing numbers followed three consecutive quarterly increases, when IBM pushed the System i platform hard and got results in return.

  • July 18, 2006 18 Jul'06

    Unitrends expands data backup to System i, considers bare metal

    Unitrends, known for disaster recovery software and bare-metal restore, now provides data backup for the iSeries and may implement bare-metal restore for the system in the future.

  • July 13, 2006 13 Jul'06

    IBM configures iSeries to jibe with JD Edwards ERP apps

    iSeries users who want JDE's EnterpriseOne software integrated into their boxes can now get it. But customers will dish out $25,000 to Oracle on top of the cost of the iSeries.

  • July 11, 2006 11 Jul'06

    New chapter and verse on Ajax security

    The increased use of Ajax has brought to the forefront concern about its security. Recognizing that this is an issue, the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is updating its Guide to Building Secure Web Applications to include a ...

  • July 06, 2006 06 Jul'06

    DataMirror updates iCluster for the System i for backup and disaster recovery

    DataMirror's iCluster software for the iSeries boasts better performance and easier monitoring while backing up critical company data.

  • June 29, 2006 29 Jun'06

    IBM taps Unix sales exec to drive System i

    IBM recently appointed its star System p sales executive to direct ISV and partner sales for System i.

  • June 27, 2006 27 Jun'06

    Catholic Charities keeps track of homeless with iSeries

    The Twin Cities' chapter of Catholic Charities runs its IT department with a handful of iSeries servers that helps it feed the hungry and provide shelter for the homeless.

  • June 22, 2006 22 Jun'06

    Blyth profits from business intelligence software

    Blyth, one of the largest candlemakers in the U.S., says running business intelligence software on its iSeries helps them save big by helping it better manage its inventory.

  • June 15, 2006 15 Jun'06

    System i ERP vendor partners with Lakeview for hosted disaster recovery

    Lakeview Technology partnered with iSeries ERP software designer Wynne Systems, offering Wynne customers disaster recovery services.

  • June 15, 2006 15 Jun'06

    DB2 Viper to boost XML capabilities

    Analysts say the big plus for the System i in IBM's DB2 Viper release, is its ability to leverage XML for service-oriented architectures

  • June 13, 2006 13 Jun'06

    Linux, virtualization help GHY meet post-9/11 requirements

    In the post-9/11 world, security measures have been tightened, especially in the import/export industry. Learn how one firm used Linux and hardware virtualization to keep up with changing rules and add flexibility to client IT environments.

  • June 08, 2006 08 Jun'06

    RPG beats out Java to support applicant screening shop

    A Web-based company that does client screening for rental agencies and landlords built its whole shop from scratch, coding RPG natively on a System i.

  • June 06, 2006 06 Jun'06

    IBM Rational debuts 12 new SOA tools

    IBM Rational Software Development Conference opens today with the unveiling of tools designed to help architects and developers working on SOA projects.

  • June 01, 2006 01 Jun'06

    Mainsoft enables .Net applications to run on WebSphere Portal

    Mainsoft has released a new version of Visual MainWin for J2EE, which allows .Net applications to be transferred into Java bytecode that can then be deployed on WebSphere Portal.

  • May 30, 2006 30 May'06

    IBM adds global replication to SVC

    The latest version of IBM's SAN Volume Controller storage virtualization software supports global replication -- lowering the cost of disaster recovery.

  • May 25, 2006 25 May'06

    Smaller businesses take another look at open source apps

    Aided by VARs and software certification firms like SpikeSource, smaller businesses are keeping an open mind about open source software for possible big rewards.

  • May 23, 2006 23 May'06

    System i product news: Tango, Intellinx, Xandros and Quadrant

    Software providers launch new tools for System i, including auditing software, DB2 utilities and others.

  • May 18, 2006 18 May'06

    VoIP will soon be 'mainstream'

    A recent study by Infonetics Research found that VoIP use in the enterprise will more than double by 2010, and VoIP could soon be considered mainstream technology.

  • May 15, 2006 15 May'06

    Infor and SSA Global to merge

    The merging of the two companies will create the world's third-largest business application vendor.

  • May 10, 2006 10 May'06

    ISCSI integration available on System i, plus new Lotus discount

    New integration capabilities that allow IBM System i servers to manage IBM's x86 machines became generally available this week. Customers can also get a hardware discount for buying Lotus products.

  • May 08, 2006 08 May'06

    Dispenser supplier sticks with System i

    Following a catastrophic power failure and months of wrangling with high availability software, AptarGroup twice has had the opportunity to jump ship from the System i, but stayed.

  • May 04, 2006 04 May'06

    Lawson merges with Euro counterpart Intentia

    System i-focused ERP firms Lawson and Intentia merged this week.

  • May 03, 2006 03 May'06

    Big Blue, partners roll out casino in a box

    IBM and four of its software partners announced they are collaborating to launch a "Casino-in-a-box," an integrated hospitality and gaming suite of products for the System i.

  • May 02, 2006 02 May'06

    IBM cuts prices for System i Enterprise, HA servers

    Price tags on IBM's System i enterprise edition and High Availability (HA) servers are aimed at the traditional iSeries sweet spot -- the midrange.

  • April 27, 2006 27 Apr'06

    Oracle to support J.D. Edwards suites indefinitely

    Alongside a new release of EnterpriseOne software, Oracle announced full support for JDE suites at the Collaborate '06 user group meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

  • April 25, 2006 25 Apr'06

    Study: SOX-compliant firms see drop in costs in year 2

    According to a new report, companies following Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act will see a decline in compliance costs in their second year. However, experts say IT spending on SOX compliance in general will continue to grow.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    IBM System i revenue slumps hard

    System i revenue plummeted 22% in the first quarter of 2006, the second such drop in as many quarters.

  • April 17, 2006 17 Apr'06

    IBM touts VoIP on System i for SMBs

    VoIP isn't new, but it is new to System i. With many small companies just starting to get involved with IP telephony, IBM claims its the right time to bring its all-in-one machine onboard.

  • April 12, 2006 12 Apr'06

    IBM unveils SecureBlue

    IBM unveiled a major security overhaul Monday, saying it will "greatly increase" the security of consumer products, medical devices, government applications and digital media. Developed by IBM Research and codenamed "SecureBlue," the new technology ...

  • April 06, 2006 06 Apr'06

    Gateway Tech drives System i5 education

    IBM might provide some financial support, but it's the people behind schools like Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wis. that make System i5 education work.

  • March 30, 2006 30 Mar'06

    All eyes on SOA at COMMON conference

    The rise of virtualization is paving the way for what analysts say is the next wave of server efficiency: Service Oriented Architecture. Users got a primer at this year's Common conference.

  • March 29, 2006 29 Mar'06

    Introducing new products from Spring COMMON 2006

    Search400.com editors were on hand to gather the latest buzz on new iSeries products at the Spring COMMON in Minneapolis. Check out the latest product news from SystemObjects Corp., Looksoftware, LANSA and more.

  • March 29, 2006 29 Mar'06

    Reporter's notebook: Spring 2006 Common conference

    Common conference experts drop the ball at the town hall meeting, letting Mark Shearer and the System i team get off easy by asking the same question over and over again.

  • March 28, 2006 28 Mar'06

    Q&A with Mark Shearer, Common Spring 2006

    System i users kicked off this year's COMMON conference by peppering executives with 'direct, candid feedback' Sunday night in Minneapolis. Bemoaning recent name changes (AS400, iSeries, i5, System i) and ambiguous advertising, techies did mix in...

  • March 23, 2006 23 Mar'06

    iSeries user group COMMON previews conference

    As IBM's iSeries server platform stands on a cusp of sorts, with rollercoaster revenues and shifting execs, many iSeries pros turn to the user group COMMON for information. Search400.com recently traded e-mails with officials at the System i5 ...

  • March 21, 2006 21 Mar'06

    Louisiana firm braces for more with better DR

    Jones Walker Law is hoping to apply,to its current DR plan what it learned last year when hurricanes forced it to change its replication process on the fly.

  • March 16, 2006 16 Mar'06

    JDE, iSeries shop ditches Oracle for third-party support

    Wholesaler, DCI, moved to third-party maintenance for its JDE suite after the Oracle, PeopleSoft acquisition. The company has seen big savings but said the move isn't for everyone.

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    Caution: Your VTL results may vary

    Users and industry experts say there are some new tricks of the trade when it comes to getting the most out of a VTL in a traditional backup environment.

  • March 09, 2006 09 Mar'06

    Wanted: iSeries experts

    An IT manager at an Atlanta-based inventory fulfillment company has been looking for iSeries help for months, but lackluster candidates and high recruiter fees have made it hard to make a hire.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Readers respond to iSeries hiring trends

    Over the past weeks, Search400.com has been watching the iSeries job market. This week we asked if readers were seeing the same hiring trends. This is a selection of the responses.

  • March 02, 2006 02 Mar'06

    COMMON offers discount to Hurricane Katrina victims

    The iSeries user group COMMON is offering deep discounts to IT professionals in Mississippi and Louisiana who wish to attend its Spring 2006 conference, March 26-30, 2006, in Minneapolis, MN.

  • March 02, 2006 02 Mar'06

    IBM touts iSeries jobs to students

    IBM customers and partners say Big Blue needs to do more to attract new blood to the iSeries. So IBM is bringing customers and partners to the campus and touting entry level hiring and internships.

  • February 28, 2006 28 Feb'06

    Server management costs soar, says IDC

    According to IDC's latest report, server revenues are down while shipments are up. But IT shops are picking up the cost of managing more machines.

  • February 23, 2006 23 Feb'06

    IBM races for clock speed

    IBM offered a sneak peak of its server Power6 chips, slated for release in 2007. IBM is touting gains in clock speed, but experts question whether clock speed matters.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Aging iSeries workforce reopens to newbies

    According to Nate Viall, iSeries recruiter and analyst, the job market looks good for 2006, and the conditions are right for iSeries shops to start hiring entry-level workers again. But after years of stagnancy, where will they come from?

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