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IBM’s AS/400 was first introduced way back in 1988, but a quarter of a century later, the midrange platform still plays a crucial role in IT for electronics retailer Dick Smith. Here’s how it plans to eventually get rid of the aging system and replace it with a cloud-centred platform using different best-of-breed components.
If you’re running a mainframe (and many enterprises still are), then one of your biggest expenses will be the monthly licence charges (MLCs) imposed by IBM. Reducing those costs could make a considerable difference, but making those calculations can be tricky.
Is it possible to calculate just how much money you’ll make from business technology investments? Management always wants the answer to be ‘yes’, while simultaneously wanting you to spend as little as possible. New research from IBM suggests those investments can pay off, but the advantage remains with early movers.
IBM’s Watson platform is being touted as the biggest paradigm shift to hit computing since we stopped using punched cards in the 1950s. Eschewing traditional programming, Watson is a cognitive computing platform that uses artificial intelligence to essentially think for itself. The system is capable of answering questions posed in natural language and is being embraced by various industries and businesses, including Australia’s ANZ Bank. By all indications, the system is incredibly proficient at answering complex questions — but what about customers who don’t know what they’re talking about?