Our Spring newsletter will focus on IBM i Cloud Hosting and our business partner MindSHIFT. The Cloud is a hot topic right now and we have some great articles for review.
Some of you may be thinking of going to the Cloud and we want to provide as much information possible to help you make your decision one way or the other. If you are already on our Cloud version we have a virtual tour of the data center and some case studies that are worth viewing.
I have also started a blog on what to look for in a hosting service provider and tips on how to go about your search, which will be in our next edition. This will also go out in an email blast as well, if you or anyone on your staff would like to receive our blasts, please send me the email addresses. This info is also available on our social media and the help desk news section.
On the IBM front, as a reminder, IBM will no longer provide maintenance for the Power 5 Systems as of January 2019. IBM released their 1st quarter results and are showing a strong growth in the Cloud with a slight decline in hardware sales.
IBM 1st Quarter
First Option programmers and consultants have been busy with a number of projects for the existing Financial customers as well as some other good sized engagements. If you have a project or interface that you need assistance with, please reach out and we can provide a quote. Also, the GUI version is available for those of you still using the green screen version, we would be happy to give you a demo and quote.
On a personal note, Paul and I adopted two rescue puppies this past October. We had lost our beloved GSD, Ava a couple months before, at the age of 10 and decided saving a rescue would be a great tribute. Sure enough we went to meet one pup and ended up with two! They are both from different litters. Jax (white dog) is a husky cattle dog mix and Teagan (black and tan) is a lab/rottie mix. Both are reservation rescue dogs, one from northern Arizona and the other Gallup, New Mexico. They are lots of fun, sweet, and growing like crazy!
I have also included some important news from Paychex regarding some of the regulations that will affect businesses in 2017.