Welcome to another edition of Talsco Weekly
- News: POWERUp 2019 sessions you don’t want to miss. The Power of User Groups in the IBM i Marketplace. IBM i Case Studies.
- Career: Resume Design. How to become a better storyteller to land a job.
- Development: RPG and COBOL Development with RDi. Learn Python.
- Hiring: Strategies to hire talent. 5G makes remote work easier.
- Leadership: Risks that CEO’s worry about.
- Modernization: Modernizing experiences for digital first customers. DB2 helps get from Modernization to Business Transformation.
- Open Source: What is Noderun? The Power of Kubernetes.
It’s not too late to make your way out to POWERUp 2019. If you live in SoCal there is really no excuse!
If you are curious as to what the most forward thinking companies and professionals are doing in the IBM i community, you will find it in the below links.
There are 22 different category types of sessions ranging from Application Development, Client Connectivity, Database, Developing Business Skills, Hardware, High Availability, IFS, IT Leadership, IT Strategy, Linux, Lotus Collaboration, Middleware, Mobile and Modernization, Networking, Open Source Languages, Personal development, RPG, Security, Systems Management, Virtualization, and Web Applications.
Good timing for this article when we are just days away from POWERUp 2019. The IBM i Marketplace is one segement of the larger IBM Power Systems which includes AIX and Linux as well. IBM Power Systems is successful because of its community. “As businesses look to the future, it’s critical that IBM Power Systems users remain at the forefront of showcasing and advocating for the IBM Power Systems platform. Those coming behind need to know what drives business and how the platform continues to deliver on that business value.”
Many of us take it for granted the security, power and reliability of IBM Power Systems. Here is a link to case studies done by IBM highlighting organizations that rely on the IBM i.
“That means IT leaders should not only carefully consider the information they include in their resume but also how they deliver that information. That’s where design comes in. Smart use of options like color, typeface, shading, or even infographics can catch the attention of a resume reader and get them to engage longer with the document.”
Looking for more information on how to design your resume? Find a guide on how to develop a better resume here.
“Don’t underestimate the impact of a good story. Being able to paint a picture with words helps others to see things the way that you do — and that’s a big deal. Being a good storyteller can also help you to be seen as a leader, and as someone who’s interesting, intelligent and wise, and just generally worth listening to. Strong storytelling skills allow you to get and hold another person’s attention. And, knowing how to tell your own story can help you get hired.”
“Amid the many and varied enhancements that IBM rolled out last month for its IBM i operating system was a collection of improvements for its core development tooling, including the Eclipse-based Rational Developer for i (RDi) as well as Rational Development Studio for i, which contains the RPG and COBOL compilers.”
This short blog post has a lot of useful links of how you can get started coding in Python. It’s a powerful and easy to learn language that is used around the world.
This is one of the most important functions of a manager in any organization. For organizations who rely on the IBM i platform where many RPG Developers come from the AS400 era are looking to retire. Hiring must be your number one priority. Here are some useful strategies you can implement now.
“5G is poised to be the next powerful tech driver through the 2020s and beyond. What effects will the rollout and general mainstream adoption of 5G have on cloud computing and the ever-growing remote workforce?
Cloud computing: Just when we thought we had a handle on the future of technology it seems to disrupt again. Will 5G displace the need for cloud? Or will it take it to the next level?
Remote work: Companies that figure out how to incorporate remote work into their culture, know from experience that it is a game changer in the type of talent they can attract. “5G and its incredible speeds, workers may soon be able to have connections speedy enough to truly work remote”.
This infographic sheds some light on the digital age we live in and the associated risks. Security (physical and cyber-breaches) and the ever-changing supply chain are front and center.
Here is another case for Modernization.
“Disruptive technologies are accelerating and reshaping the evolution of all B2B and B2C markets while also influencing customer behaviors and expectations. These events have ushered in an era of what I refer to as digital Darwinism, where technology and society continuously evolve and the most adaptable and resilient brands survive and thrive. Those that attempt to scale based on yesterday’s standards and metrics for success will find themselves exposed to natural selection.”
Watch this short video from IBM on DB2. It’s impressive to understand just how solid DB2 is. Modernizing your database in many cases is the first step to Application Modernization and Digital Transformation. “Its the building block that will help you step into the future.”
Noderun is Node.js for everybody even on the IBM i. “Have you wanted to experiment with learning Node.js on IBM i, or any other platform? Have you considered using Node.js for a business application? Is your company slow to adopt or evaluate new technologies? Take a quick look at this guided tutorial and blog post (on IT Jungle) from Brian May at Profound Logic. It’s exciting to see the possibilities for Node.js on the IBM i.
“Kubernetes is a portable open-source platform for managing containerized workloads, that facilitates both declarative configuration and automation.”
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