Welcome to another edition of Talsco Weekly
- News: Red Hat, Microsoft and IBM. DB2 and Third Party HA. End of life for Client Access.
- AI: Data Science, IBM Watson and AI are tackling a major healthcare issue.
- Career: POWERUp 2019 is around the corner. Developers using Automation to do their jobs.
- Development: A New Language for RPG Developers. The R Programming Language.
- Leadership: Understanding Technical Debt.
- Modernization: Application Modernization Services Market – Outlook. What is Digital Transformation?
- Trends: The adaption of serverless technology.
It will not be long and Red Hat will become part of IBM, but for now it is taking advantage of its independence by signing another agreement with Microsoft. “As Red Hat becomes part of IBM, it sees that it’s more important than ever to maintain its sense of autonomy in the eyes of developers and operations customers.”
If you have been following the news regarding the release of DB2 Mirror, you might be wondering how this might affect the third-party HA availability market. The answer is not so much. While D2B Mirror is amazing there are four areas where it has limitations.
“April 30 marked the end of IBM’s support for one piece of IBM i software we have all used, Client Access. Its replacement is Access Client Solutions, ACS”. Here is quick resource on what to do next.
Think about the following: “Sepsis. It’s a life-threatening infection that kills nearly 270,000 patients in the United States. Every year. What’s shocking is that one sepsis patient dies every two minutes – and 80 percent of these deaths are preventable by early detection. ” It’s one of the most expensive conditions to treat in hospitals. IBM Watson to the rescue.
POWERUp 2019 is almost here but it is not too late to sign up. It is the “largest Power Systems-focused educational event of the year. Get ready to take your skills to the next level by choosing from over 300 sessions to create your personalized learning plan.”
RPG Developers and IBM i System Administrators have been doing this for years. Automating their work.
Here is an interesting story that covers how “some workers have taken matters into their own hands and started to automate various aspects of their jobs from data entry to inventory management and database administration.”
Good news. “IBM is now officially supporting the language R with its IBM i operating system, the company announced last week. The open source language, which has long been a favorite of data scientists, statisticians, and others involved with scientific computing, gives IBM i an immediate boost when it comes to data mining and machine learning.”
Why this is important: It presents a new frontier for the IBM i and Power Systems. It will be interesting to see how RPG Developers will incorporate R into their development.
“R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.” Here is a link to The R Foundation and links to technical documentation.
A quick history on the R programming language. It was “developed by Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman in 1993. R possesses an extensive catalog of statistical and graphical methods. It includes machine learning algorithm, linear regression, time series, statistical inference to name a few.”
Looking to dive into R and learn more about Data Science? Here are a variety of links to videos that will help get you started.
When I read this article, I think of all the stories where organizations have attempted to move away from their legacy ERP system but failed.
Don’t forget there is a way to modernize your ERP system without moving to another platform. “So how can you reduce your technical debt related to legacy systems and move towards a vibrant, value-filled IT future?”
Here are three things leadership need to keep in mind as they figure out how to deal with technical debt.
“Application Modernization Tools is mainly divided into three subdivisions: Emulation, Translation and Business rules extraction”.
“In enterprise technology, digital transformation is a hot topic. But what does it really mean? Overused by vendors and consultants, the phrase has become nearly meaningless.”
“The advantages of serverless are clear. IT operations are much easier when a company doesn’t have to worry about maintaining its own infrastructure. No more patching or working to keep server or container environments running smoothly. Significantly lower costs and the ability to gracefully scale up and down in response to dynamic use patterns.” This will happen in the future, but not as soon as you think.
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