Brendan Kay

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What will iOS 7 tell us about the future of IBM i design?

Posted by Brendan Kay on Jul 8, 2013 2:45:00 PM

iOS7 Design

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Topics: HTML5, IBM i, Mobile, GUI, RPG Open Access

Info graphic on IBM i past, present and future

Posted by Brendan Kay on Jun 10, 2013 12:15:00 PM

The IBM i operating system has more clients than any other operating system from IBM. There are hundreds of thousands of installations across more than one hundred thousand organizations.

looksoftware has created a fascinating info graphic on the state of play for IBM i. It highlights some of the reasons that have made the IBM i the best platform for writing and running business applications. It also highlights the direction that business applications will be heading as they adapt to the ever-changing requirements of business users, IT departments and business executives.

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Topics: HTML5, IBM i, Mobile, GUI, RPG Open Access, Application Modernization

Steve Will on IBM i and Modernization

Posted by Brendan Kay on Jun 8, 2013 11:45:00 AM

I can't really express how excited I am that Steve Will, the brilliant Chief Architect of IBM i, will be joining Trevor Perry, Nick Hampson and Eamon Musallam for our webinar on June 13 titled "i Modernize i Deliver i Succeed".

For anyone who has not had the pleasure of hearing Steve speak about the IBM i platform, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

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Topics: IBM i, GUI, Application Modernization

RPG Open Access standards body

Posted by Brendan Kay on May 22, 2013 9:32:00 PM

I have been waiting for a few spare moments to write about a fantastic development for RPG Open Access.

As you would already know, I personally and looksoftware collectively have been big supporters of the RPG Open Access Metadata Open Standard. We strongly believe that this standard will strengthen the RPG OA community and greatly benefit customers who are using Open Access. It will also ensure that vendors who offer Open Access solutions know that their solutions will need to be better than other's offerings or else they can be more easily replaced. Vendor lock-in can be eliminated with a strong open standard. 

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Topics: IBM i, RPG Open Access

iCommunity - IBM i

Posted by Brendan Kay on May 22, 2013 8:40:00 PM

It has been an extremely busy month and I think I have spent more time in planes than I have at home. I must admit that I am looking forward to re-introducing myself to my family but the activities of the last month have been very exciting none-the-less. I am hoping that my family are also looking forward to seeing me around more but with teenage kids you can never take these things for granted :-).

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve, IBM i User Groups

If you want to be right, you better recognize when you're wrong!

Posted by Brendan Kay on Nov 4, 2012 4:05:00 PM

It is always satisfying when life deals out experiences that show that you were right about something significant. In fact, it is so satisfying that we are inclined to invent situations where this happens. When looking at new information we will naturally filter it through what we already believe and often conclude that it proves what we already thought. 

It is interesting that one of the characteristics that Tim Cook admired most about Steve Jobs was his ability to change his mind. It is also worth noting that Jeff Bezos has recently added that people who are right a lot are the people who often changed their mind.

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The Economics of Bicycle Theft

Posted by Brendan Kay on Oct 17, 2012 1:01:00 PM

I read this article on bicycle theft today and I'm not really sure why but I found it fascinating. It is very well written but not really something that has enormous impact on my day-to-day life (although I have now shelved plans for expanding the looksoftware bicycle pilfering division :-)).

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Posted by Brendan Kay on Oct 10, 2012 12:04:00 PM

At looksoftware we have identified four core values that guide every decision that we make and every action that we take.

    The four values are:

    1. Respect           2.  Continuous Improvement        3. Community        4.  Simplicity

Today I will talk a little bit about simplicity because it is so important and so often misunderstood. Whilst most people would easily agree that simplicity is generally better than complexity, many people have misconceptions about how it comes about.

The biggest misconception is that simplicity is the state that most things start at before they become complicated. In my experience this is rarely true. 

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization

iBelieveNY - IBM i

Posted by Brendan Kay on Oct 2, 2012 2:21:00 PM

I am writing this entry in the hotel just after the iBelieveNY event that was held in downtown Manhattan this week. We have received extremely positive (and constructive) feedback about the event and we are very happy to hear that so many people found it useful and informative. The things that stood out to me about the day were the energy of the audience and the insights of the speakers (present company excluded ;-).

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve

From now on everything will boil down to a basketball analogy

Posted by Brendan Kay on Sep 25, 2012 1:11:00 PM

We have just completed the 2012 representative basketball season ( and I was lucky enough to coach the Spectres Girls U18/4 ( team this year. We had a good season and ended up finishing 3rd in a tight tussle in the finals.

The team was wonderful and it was a genuine privilege to be their coach. The team had an amazing attitude and was extremely well focused when they needed to be (although they clearly felt they didn't need to be at training unless we had Scott taking the session ;-).

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Topics: IBM i