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December 16, 2013 | Volume 8 Issue 22

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: In the Wheelhouse: If It Ain't Broke, Why Fix It?
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: Expanding Data Intensifies Database Maintenance Tasks
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: RPG & DB2 Summit Goes to Dallas in March 2014
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Take IBM i Everywhere with Mobile Apps – Watch the Webinar!
EVENT: Prepare your RPG code for the new generation: Convert legacy RPGLE to RPG Free, automatically

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Feature Article - Analysis
 
In the Wheelhouse: If It Ain't Broke, Why Fix It?

Who said it ain't broke? We need to check our sources. Plus, in the world of information systems, we need to assume everything, while not necessarily broken, can always be improved.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Last week on Midrange.com, I was happily surprised to see a thread entitled "If everything is working fine, why do PTFs?"

 

"Happily" is probably the wrong word. Thankfully ecstatic is what I am. Not because of the question but because of the answers.

 

To provide some context, the original thread began with this post from Paul Nelson:


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Has Steve from Accounts ruined Christmas?

It’s the work Christmas do. There’s mince pies and pizza and bubbly to flow – but what happens when Steve from Accounts over indulges….

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Feature Article - Database
 
Technology Focus: Expanding Data Intensifies Database Maintenance Tasks

Data drives business, but the increasing volume of data in today's IT shops complicates maintaining the databases in which to store it all.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Among other quotable quotes, comedian, actor, and writer Stephen Wright once quipped, "You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" That sentiment seems particularly apt when we consider the plight of enterprises that rely on databases. In other words, just about everybody. Just last spring, for example, UBM Tech's Information Week reported that nearly a third of the organizations it polled showed data growth of 25 percent or more each year. Enterprises using IBM i machines are not exempt from these pressures.


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