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The (not) surprisingly robust IBM i marketplace

Posted by Dave Kravitt

I’ll cut to the chase: IBM i is alive, well, and still kicking butt after all these years, according to a recent, comprehensive marketplace report by IT management software developer HelpSystems in conjunction with IT Jungle and PowerWire.eu. 

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Tags: IBM i Modernization, IBM i Platform, Managed Services

Should You Outsource Support for Your Enterprise Business Systems?

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The decision on whether to outsource support for enterprise resource planning and other business systems can be a difficult one, depending on the complexity of the overall IT environment and whatever vendor support agreement may or may not be in place. Often the decision revolves around money – in most cases you would be spending significantly less with a third-party support company. Although cost is always a top concern and the driving force behind many decisions to outsource support, if you are considering outsourcing support, there are other areas besides cost to consider to improve your system support ROI.  Support should be more than an insurance policy, it should be one of the elements in your foundation for success.  If that is not what you are getting now, perhaps a third party solution should be a consideration.

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Tags: Managed Services, Enterprise Application Support

IBM i does NOT run itself

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Many IT managers have been lulled into complacency about IBM i because of its automated integration of many system and data management functions and its ease-of-use. However, while IBM i has one of the best reliability and performance records of any enterprise OS platform, it does not really “run itself,” despite what some people might think. 

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Tags: IBM i Platform, Managed Services

Do I need IBM i managed services?

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The IBM i Series operating platform is one of the most popular enterprise operating systems because of its power, flexibility, and reliability. But rapidly evolving business conditions, applications, and IT infrastructure components make it difficult for many organizations to keep up with changes. So when is it time to outsource your IBM i support with a managed services provider (MSP)? 

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Tags: IBM i Platform, Managed Services

Traditional Managed Service Provider vs. Multi-Faceted MSP

Posted by Dave Kravitt

You probably already know the benefits of utilizing a managed service provider (MSP) to manage your IT infrastructure. But that’s only half the story – your IT department still has to devote time and resources to monitoring and maintaining the business applications that run on it. Combining the management of your IT system AND the enterprise software that runs on it with a single managed service provider can make your entire IT system more effective and efficient and reducing downtime – saving you time and money. 

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Tags: Managed Services, Enterprise Application Support, Enterprise Application Services

Three Benefits Provided by Managed Service Providers

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The New Economy and rapidly evolving enterprise IT ecosystems can put a strain on any IT department – from small-to-medium-size businesses (SMBs) to large enterprises. Add to that changes in business conditions and operational requirements, and a company’s budget and workforce resources can be quickly consumed. 

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Tags: IBM i Platform, Managed Services, Enterprise Application Support

Winter Newsletter - QS is Hot! plus PSGi's 10th and Managed Services

Posted by Dave Kravitt

In this Winter, 2013 edition of PSGI's Newsletter:

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Tags: Supply Chain Planning, PRISM Support, IBM i Platform, Managed Services, Enterprise Application Support, PRISM Best Practices, PRISM

2013 PRISM User Group Meeting: "Best Agenda Yet"

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Best PRISM Meeting Agenda Yet!

While there may be some final tweaking to the 2013 PRISM Meeting agenda, it has already been praised as the "Best agenda of all the preceding PRISM User Group Meetings."  This year's meeting is packed with

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, Maximize ERP Investment, Supply Chain Optimization, IBM i Platform, Managed Services, Business Process Optimization, PRISM Best Practices, PRISM User Group, PRISM, PRISM Meeting, Document eDelivery

PSGi's Spring 2013 News Features Companies Accessing Expertise

Posted by Dave Kravitt

In this edition of PSGI's Newsletter:

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Tags: PRISM Support, IBM i Platform, Managed Services, Enterprise Application Support, PRISM User Group, PRISM, PRISM Meeting