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> influencers for 2001!  My sixth year!!!!!
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> Insider WEEKLY
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> For iSeries and AS/400 Managers
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> This week in the Insider Weekly for iSeries and AS/400 Managers newsletter...
> Key iSeries technologies to watch in 2002 [1]
> iSeries watchers give predictions for 2002[2]
> The Insider’s list of 2001’s biggest iSeries market influencers[3]
> Key dates to watch in 2002[4]
> Insider updates... [5]
> Key iSeries technologies to watch in 2002
>       Now that we are officially into 2002, watch for these key iSeries
> technologies in the New Year.
> Four kinds of Web Standards
>       With an increasing number of shops participating in e-business, it is
> expected that a demand for knowledge in Web Standards also will increase. Here
> are four different types of Web Standards:
>      Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) is a set of XML
> protocols and application programming interfaces that acts as an on-line
> Yellow Pages for B2B transactions. Companies can search over the Internet to
> locate partners and customers that suit their business needs. See 
>      Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) developed by Microsoft and IBM, is a
> messaging protocol for accessing services on the Web. By employing XML syntax,
> SOAP sends text commands across the Internet using HTTP. Because of its simple
> exchange mechanism, SOAP also can be used to create a messaging system. For
> more information see[7].
>      Web Services Description Language (WSDL) is an XML format for describing
> network services. WSDL allows descriptions of endpoints and their messages
> regardless of what formats or network protocols are used.
>      Microsoft Net relies on HTTP, XML, SOAP and UDDI to transform the
> Internet into a single computing experience. With .Net, applications hosted on
> the Internet can be made available to the user via desktop as well as handheld
> devices, no matter the programming language or operating system.
>      Model 52. Keep your eyes peeled for the next generation of iSeries
> hardware, slated for general availability around Labor Day 2002. The box,
> based on Regatta technology, will come in three flavors: the Model 52L, M, and
> H, representing low, middle, and high-end servers, respectively (IW 12/3/01).
>      Although IBM has been mum on much of the new iSeries technologies to 
> with the Model 52, shops can see relative enhancements on the new pSeries
> Regatta server, which shares the new hardware.
>      Dedicated iSeries Servers. Look for the trend of integrating
> frequently-used iSeries middleware on an iSeries box, such as the iSeries
> Domino Bumblebee and the iSeries Powered by WebSphere, to continue in 2002.
> Acknowledging the increasing cost of system management, IBM has forged 
> with ISVs and created these boxes that offer preinstalled software (IW 
>      Fast400 and Rochester’s Interactive Tax. While the battle between IBM and
> Fast400 has recently mellowed, look to see more action in this area in the new
> year. The architects of this CFINT-busting tool that rustled Big Blue’s 
> in 2001 promise that they will be back in 2002 with a work-around for IBM’s 
> Shops also may see changes in IBM’s treatment of the interactive tax.
>      Web Standards. Introduced conceptually in 2001, SOAP, UDDI, WSDL, Web
> services, Microsoft’s .Net, and other e-business standards will become
> household words in 2002. These were created to resolve the interoperability
> issues that occur when companies that run on different platforms and a
> diversity of languages engage in e-business. As more iSeries shops enter the
> e-marketplace, they will have to use these standards, which are becoming more
> prevalent (see box).      WebSphere Workbench. In 2002, iSeries customers and
> vendors alike are keeping their radar on the new Java-based WebSphere
> Workbench. The Workbench, designed from Eclipse IDE technology, allows for
> full integration of all iSeries development tools, as well as any homegrown or
> vendor tools, through an open-source IDE (12/24/01).
>      Jakarta TomCat and WebSphere Application Server V4.0. At the end of 2002,
> shops enjoying IBM’s free offering of WebSphere Application Server Standard
> Edition V3.5 will be faced with a big decision. When WAS V3.5 sunsets at the
> end of this year, many shops will turn to either Jakarta TomCat, its free
> replacement, or WAS V4.0, the pricey new version of the server.
> Back[8]
> iSeries watchers give predictions for 2002
>      2002 will be the year of Java. “With the new tooling and the advancement
> of e-business technology there will be major activity in the Java arena,” says
> Bob Cancilla, founder, Ignite400.
>      There will be a huge announcement in September. Model 52, the next
> generation of iSeries hardware, is slated for announcement around Labor Day.
> This will mark the first time shops will use three-phase current, increasing
> the horsepower of the box dramatically, sources tell the Insider.
>      iSeries Nation will disappear. Although Anne Lucas, IBM project executive
> for iSeries Nation, has said she plans to double the citizenship of the
> program in 2002, some users are skeptical that it will survive the year at
> all. “iSeries Nation will fade away into nothingness, if it hasn’t already,”
> says Bradley Stone, president, BVS Tools, Mankato, MN.
>      2002 will not be as huge as 2003. “While 2003 will bring a bunch of
> out-of-the-ordinary announcements such as interactive and memory on-demand,
> 2002 will be known for point events,” says one Insider source.
>      New positions will be created to ensure security. After the tragedies in
> New York and Washington, many shops are closely examining their procedures and
> finding that they need to dedicate employees to securing their data. “This
> year will bring great opportunities for people trained in security,” says
> David Contreras, industry analyst, Contreras Associates, La Mirada, CA.      
> will start to call it the iSeries. The running joke that it is spelled iSeries
> but pronounced AS/400 may have fewer people laughing in 2002. “The pendulum
> has started to swing and although many customers will forever call the box the
> AS/400, the new name will catch on this year,” says Peter Massiello, partner,
> OS Solutions, Danbury, CT.
> Back[9]
> The Insider’s list of 2001’s biggest iSeries market influencers
>      Buell Duncan, vp of midmarket servers, IBM. Duncan has spent the last
> year working to improve the proprietary reputation of the box. Fighting the
> losses from Y2K, Duncan helped guide the iSeries to see a 10% increase in 
> year-to-year in Q3. From asking shops to call him when they have a problem to
> his strong investment in the marketing of the platform, Duncan has shown that
> he is as dedicated to the platform as the average AS/400 user.
>      Kim Stevenson, vp of iSeries marketing, IBM. Fighting the proprietary
> reputation of the iSeries with both hands tied behind her back, and following
> a tough act in Malcolm Haines, Stevenson has proven that the iSeries can be
> marketed. From spots on World Business Report and the tech television show
> .Com, to full-page ads for iNotes for Outlook, Stevenson has fought to
> introduce the box to shops outside the install base. The question now is will
> her efforts to reach the masses translate into greater marketshare.      
> of Fast400. Whoever they may be, the creators of this CFINT-busting tool got
> under both IBM’s radar and skin, resulting in a cat-and-mouse game over the
> ethics of evading Rochester’s interactive tax. The architects claim that with
> the tool, iSeries shops are able to trick the box into thinking a job is batch
> when it is using interactive. Although IBM issued a PTF to halt the
> effectiveness of the tool, Fast400 architects promise we have not seen the
> last of them.
>      Mike Smith, distinguished engineer, IBM. Famous among lovers of CL
> Commands, Smith battled with Rochester this year to make long-awaited
> enhancements to CL and proved that this old control language is not going
> away. The enhancement of CL is a sign that not everything is going GUI and
> that traditional AS/400 computing is not dead.
>      Dave Slater, ww iSeries application development market manager, IBM. His
> new pricing model and repackaging of the WebSphere Development Studio will
> become the standard for tooling in 2002. The tools in the WebSphere
> Development Studio are adapted to work as plug-ins into the WebSphere
> Workbench. Additionally, WebSphere Site Developer and WebSphere Application
> Developer replace the classic Studio and beta in the newly released WebSphere
> Application Server V4.0. Now that all the tools are bundled into the Studio,
> IBM hopes that the products are more accessible to iSeries customers (IW
> 10/15/01).
>      Bill Rapp, sr technical staff member, IBM. From Apache to iSeries
> Connect, Rapp is responsible for all the new e-business products introduced
> for the iSeries this year. In addition to researching new e-business
> technologies, Rapp also spends time interviewing users to ensure their
> e-commerce needs are met.      Charlie Massoglia, president, COMMON.
> Unbeknownst to the regular COMMON attendee, changes have been made in the way
> this AS/400 conference is run. Massoglia, who became president of the
> organization in late 2000, has a management style that has allowed COMMON
> employees, board members, and volunteers more room to self-manage and be
> creative. Massoglia will enjoy a second term as president in 2002.
>      Al Barsa Jr., president, Barsa Consulting Group. Known in iSeries world
> as a man not afraid to speak his mind, Barsa was first in the iSeries
> community to speak publicly about the September 11 tragedy and what it meant
> to iSeries shops. His standing-room-only session at COMMON in Minneapolis
> touched upon the events of September 11, how one shop located at Ground Zero
> was affected and how companies can help to ensure their data before a disaster
> strikes (IW 10/01/01).      Linus Torvalds, creator, Linux (and the penguin).
> This year, Big Blue sank millions of dollars into the Peace, Love and Linux
> campaign. As part of this initiative, IBM introduced Linux running on a
> secondary partition on the iSeries. While no shop is ignorant to the penguin,
> only time will tell if iSeries customers will invest in this technology.
>      Bill Gates, ceo, Microsoft. A year ago, IT professionals around the world
> were anticipating the breakup of Microsoft and the demise of Gates. However,
> after a year of Supreme Court rulings and virus attacks, the billionaire ceo
> ended 2001 still directing the MS juggernaut.
> Back[10]
> Key dates to watch in 2002
>      January 8 - Software Subscription sees a facelift (IW 11/19/01).
>      February 12 - Fourteen LPPs removed from Software Subscription (IW
> 8/6/01).
>      April 14 –18 - COMMON “Topping the Charts” in Nashville, TN.
>      August 3 - WebSphere Workbench begins beta.
>      July 20 - Slated announcement of OS/400 V5R2.
>      September 3 - Slated general availability of Model 52, new generation of
> iSeries hardware, and of V5R2, which is required on the Model 52.
>      December 31 - WebSphere Standard Edition sunsets.
> Back[11]
> Insider updates...
> On New Year’s Day, a single-engine aircraft crashed into the IBM headquarters
> in Armonk, New York. The pilot, who was attempting an emergency landing, was
> killed in the crash. No one on the ground was injured. The IBM building houses
> the company’s global financing unit and was not damaged.
> Competing jewelry retailers Zales, Kay Jewelers, Service Merchandise, Macy’s,
> JCPenney and Sears have joined forces to create Powered by the
> iSeries, this single site gives consumers the option of purchasing from any of
> these stores online.
> Each year, the Insider turns to our readers to learn the latest trends in the
> AS/400 market. We then compile these results and present them to you in a
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