Submitted by Tom Huntington on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 11:58am
During my 23-year history at Help/Systems, we’ve reworked Robot/NETWORK multiple times to deal with ever-changing network communication technology.
We developed Robot/NETWORK in 1990 when the AS/400 world communicated using APPC/APPN (SNA). At that time, Robot/NETWORK was a green screen product, but it supported core functions that are similar to what we have today: message consolidation across multiple servers and cross-system reactivity with Robot/SCHEDULE.
Submitted by Tom Huntington on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 11:45am
According to Wikipedia, Thanksgiving is “An annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.”
For each of us, this holiday means something a little different, but generally it’s a time to get together with food and family to celebrate our blessings. This year at the Huntington house, we look forward to seeing our two college students and their appetite for home cooking. We’ll fire up some great board games and have a relaxing day.
It’s a great time of the year to help others too. At Help/Systems, we recently completed a new charity challenge—called “Penny Wars”—to raise money for TreeHouse, a charity that serves the youth of the community.
When I think of the holidays, I often think of how some young people suffer because they lack a caring family. All they really want is a place they can call home, some consistency in their life, and a warm meal. TreeHouse really reaches out to them.
Submitted by Tom Huntington on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 9:55am
I started my travels last week in Boston and I had the privilege to attend a Bruins hockey game.
What an experience—these fans are so passionate about their hockey. (I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that they won the Stanley Cup last year.)
Seventy-five percent of the crowd was wearing something with Bruins on it; even kids had their faces painted. I learned that the Boston Bruins mascot is a bear. Maybe that’s why there were so many fights Monday night as the Bruins beat the NY Islanders 6-2: Bears don’t like islanders invading their turf.
The crowd’s passion got me thinking about lights-out processing. During the week, I visited six customers in different phases of automating their IBM i servers. Some asked whether anyone has achieved lights-out processing? “Yes,” I said, “They got there through due diligence and commitment.”
Generally, I try to answer these types of questions by flipping them and asking the customer, “What do you think the benefits will be for your organization?” This helps me understand the different ways they plan to use the product and their business needs.
Submitted by Tom Huntington on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 8:40am
I guess I am officially a blogger when I have more questions than answers. Well, today I have some new questions for you: How should Help/Systems deal with regulations to make it easier for you to update your software? What can Help/Systems do to use change control better?”
These questions popped up because of some recent customer issues.