Day: November 20, 2019

B2B Podcasts – Do You Know What You’re Missing?

There’s no doubt that podcasts have become the new media Goliath. Podcasting is seeing rapid growth year over year. According to Podcast Insights1, 51% of the US Population (approximately 144 million people) have listened to a podcast, with this number being up from 44% in 2018. Hundreds of new podcasts are being developed daily with no end to this growth trend in sight.

Podcasting is a go-to source for entertainment, education, and news; mostly produced on for the traditional B2C consumer. However, there’s a growing trend of educational entertainment that is matching the listener’s passions and professions while creating a unique B2B listener experience. Listeners can now get fresh content spoken directly from industry colleagues and thought leaders on topics that are relevant to their day to day pains and gains. These B2B podcasts impart relatable experience while you, the listener, get to learn about your industry trends, new product releases, and tips and tricks, all while feeling some camaraderie in the dialog of these people you already know or know of.…

November 2019 Newsletter

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With Thanksgiving fast approaching and then Christmas right around the corner, the year seems to have flown by. Where did 2019 go?  We were on the go quite a lot this year installing new POWER9s, SANs, performing upgrades, and being at conferences.  Travel always seems to make the year go by quicker, and we had the opportunity to visit many customers this year.

It’s been another amazing year here at iTech Solutions! I certainly am lucky to work with some of the smartest and nicest people in the industry.  I always thought that IBM i was my superpower, but perhaps it is selecting great co-workers. I might be the face of iTech, but my staff is the foundation and cornerstone of the great service that we provide.…

My Company Plans to Migrate Off the IBM i – Now What?

Many executives talk about moving their business applications off the IBM i.  They think the platform is dead, courtesy of the people who have been saying this for the past 20 years.  While we know, the platform is open and offers businesses rock-solid availability, reliability, and securability.

They could also be thinking they will save money on hardware.  While that may be true, there will be more servers, requiring more space, more electricity, more cooling, and more human resources to support them.  In reality, they save nothing and perhaps spend more.  And they increase their risk of downtime and security vulnerability.

So, now that you have to deal with the board room decision, what should you do?…

Controlling the User Experience in IBM i Access Client Solutions

With Client Solutions now being the only IBM-supported client software for IBM i, quite a few organizations have made the switch from the old iAccess products or are in the process of doing so. ACS is as flexible as the old application was rigid, and there are many different ways to configure it on a PC. One of the recurring questions we get from clients who are planning the switch relates to controlling what the end-user can see and use within the application. To address this,  I’d like to discuss a bit about how ACS does configuration under the hood and how administrators can have some control over what can be accessed within the application.…

POWER9 – Which is Better: Internal or External Storage?

Most IBM i customers have an ERP package on their IBM Power server that runs their business.  Typically, a small or mid-sized company can comfortably operate with one Power9 core activation, that provides a CPW of 13,125.  The IBM Power9 model S914 has two processor options, a 4-core, and a 6-core.  Which one do you get if you only need 1 core activation?  The 4-core server is physically the same as the 6-core server, except for the processor and the other differences shown in the table below.

Feature 4-core 6-core
Maximum Cores 4 6
Maximum Memory 64GB 1TB
Maximum Internal Disk Drives 10 (283GB HDD or 387GB SSD) 672, many HDD & SSD sizes
BUS Expansion None 1 drawer – 6 adapter slots
Software Tier Group P05 P10

Let’s discuss each of these differences in more detail:…

Cleaning up BRMS Data Files

BRMS is not a set it and forget it backup and recovery application.  Since BRMS uses database files to store information, some of these files can get large and have many records inserted and/or deleted every day.  There are ways that you can clean up BRMS data files on a regular and as-needed basis.

Regular BRMS data files cleanup strategy:

BRMS recommends that the Start Maintenance for BRM (STRMNTBRM) command with *YES specified for the reorganize BRMS database (RGZBRMDB) parameter, is run at least once a month to clean up the files.  Because it can take a long time to reorganize the BRMS database, it may be desirable to reorganize the BRMS database in batch using the STRMNTBRM command, and performing this when no other BRMS activity is being performed.  The more often you run it, the less time it takes to run.  I would recommend running daily, as part of your BRMS strategy to include:…