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How Dick Smith Will Ditch Its AS/400 For An Amazon Cloud Solution

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.


Google's Kubernetes Docker Project Gets Support From Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat

Kubernetes is a Google-led project to create an open source manager for Docker containers. Although only launched in June, Kubernetes now has some other friends in the big end of town: Microsoft, IBM and Red Hat have all signed up to support the project.


How The 'Reuse Principle' Drives IT At The Australian Open

We might focus on the racquets and the sweat, but Tennis Australia marshals a huge range of technology resources to organise and broadcast the Australian Open each year. The key underlying principle to make that happen? Reusing everything as much as possible.


Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure Explained

Cisco has announced a new vision for what it calls Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), designed to make data centre management and cloud application deployment easier. What does that mean in practice for IT pros?


IBM Planning Free-To-Use Linux Cloud Development Environment

OK, we’re looking forward to when this happens: IBM is readying a free cloud service where developers can test applications designed for deployment on its PowerSystems server hardware.


Why Reducing Mainframe Operating Costs Can Be Difficult

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.


Business Tech Leads To Profits, But You Need To Get In First

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.


How Watson Counters Customer Stupidity

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?


It's OK For Big Data Projects To Be Obvious

We often hear about the potential for  big data to provide fresh insights by linking separate data sources. But that doesn’t mean those sources can’t have an obvious connection.


What The Death Of Lotus 1-2-3 Teaches Us

This week, IBM announced that it was discontinuing support for Lotus 1-2-3, the product that was largely responsible for spreadsheets becoming a major computer application way back in the 1980s. Here are three lessons we can draw from that shutdown..