Welcome to another edition of Talsco Weekly
- News: IBM Leadership change. IBM and Edge Computing
- AI: Is this all Hype? Where AI can help your business.
- Career: Finding and Mentoring RPG Developers
- Development: A look at RPG in the future.
- ERP: How to make sure your ERP Implementation is successful.
- Modernization: Three steps to modernization.
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Shakeup at the top of IBM
“Arvind Krishna was named to the CEO role, succeeding Ginni Rometty” Mr. Krishna has been with IBM for 29 years and has been close to its cloud platform which is one of the reasons he landed in the role.
Don’t dismiss Ginni Rometty, while she has received some criticism in the past, she helped set IBM on its current path focusing on cloud and the acquisition of Red Hat.
Who is Arvind Krishna? What you need to know about the new CEO of IBM.
Edge computing will be successful because of open source and 5G. They go hand in hand. The rate of devices is will jump from “15 billion devices today to about 55 billion by 2022”.
Importance of 5G: While it offers better latency the real benefit is that the workloads run on the edge.
As organizations look to bring in AI the question is how can AI help us. This article highlights five questions that will help you figure out if AI can solve your problem.
As the article above points out. If you are trying to solve a problem that AI is not intended for, AI could disappoint you. In fact, this article points out that 87% of AI and data science projects fail to make it into production.
Stepping back: After all the hype and “initial phase of excitement, the technologies have to be operationalized, they have to fit into the processes and culture of the organization.”
Like any new technology, there is a ramp-up period. A period of trial and error. Work through the failures because they are part of the process.
This article makes a great point.
“Many companies have formal, hierarchical mentoring programs nested somewhere in their HR department. But evidence shows that these programs alone won’t sufficiently engage or develop junior talent.
You might be thinking, this might be hard when your AS/400 shop is filled with veteran RPG developers. There is nobody to mentor.
Not so fast.
Time and time again, organizations overlook the most obvious place to find new RPG developers.
They already work for your company.
A new decade of RPG. This article debunks the perceptions of RPG, highlights its current state and gives a glimpse of is bright future.
It’s a technical read, and a must-read for any RPG Developer, IT Manager as well as those who are unfamiliar with the platform.
It will make you realize, the future is bright for the IBM i platform.
Make your ERP implementations successful with these simple steps
We have covered Eric Kimberling in a past post, why ERP vendors are partying like its 1999. He is one of the most logical and realistic ERP experts that I have come across.
He takes the complexity out of ERP implementations and boils successful implementations into eight critical areas. Here is Alex Woodie’s article titled, “How not to fail with your ERP implementations”, that highlights Eric’s ERP framework on how to bring success to your ERP project.
For more insight on how to have a successful ERP implementation, here are some additional ERP best practices to consider.
While ERP upgrades and implementations are one way to update your legacy systems. The other, oftentimes more realistic, and cost-effective approach is AS/400 Modernization. That is modernizing your legacy systems to take advantage of everything the IBM i platform has to offer.
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