Paul Hodgkinson

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Don’t Waste My Time: A Conference Attendee’s Guide

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Apr 8, 2016 3:57:06 PM

It’s been a long, cold and particularly wet winter here in Scotland, but as spring has finally sprung, the IBM i conference season is about to descend on us once more across the Northern hemisphere.  Speakers are polishing their new material (and old jokes), vendors are dusting off their booths and buying yet another set of roll-up banners, and the incredibly hard-working group of volunteers that make these events possible are preparing not to see their families for the next few months.

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Topics: IBM i, Events

Making time to learn new things: The iBelieve tour is back

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Oct 30, 2015 2:15:39 PM

Almost everyone I know in IT is busy.

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Topics: IBM i, Mobile, GUI, RPG Open Access, iBelieve, Application Modernization, ibmi, Optimization, RPG, Strategy, AS400

iBelieve in the European Tour for IBM i

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Dec 4, 2013 11:33:46 PM



That’s the only word to describe the last two weeks. I’ve been planning the iBelieve European tour for months, and five countries and almost 400 attendees later I’m delighted at the response from the European IBM i community.

It’s fair to say that we were encouraged by the number of registrations prior to the events, but those numbers gave no indication of the positive attitude that would greet us in all five countries. Delegates ranged from CEOs to Systems Administrators, and from some of the world’s leading blue chip organizations to owner-managed consultancies. In general though, they share a passion for the platform and a desire to see it recognized more positively within their organizations.

IT Jungle’s Dan Burger described the original iBelieve

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve

iBelieve Euro tour for IBM i

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Oct 31, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Why do people make bad decisions?

There are a variety of answers to this question – poor situational awareness, distracting external influences, or even just plain old human nature! 

In my experience though, the root cause of most bad decisions is a lack of relevant, factual information.  If you’re going to make a decision based on an opinion that has been confidently dressed up as fact, or on out-of-context statistics that have been skewed to meet someone’s agenda, you might as well toss a coin.  Because without real, objective, timely and relevant information to fuel your decision-making process, the best you can hope for is a lucky guess.

iBelieve is about information.  It’s about cutting through the noise of self-interested half-truths,

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve

Four keys to effective software evaluations on your IBM i:

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Sep 15, 2013 11:35:00 PM

An effective software evaluation is key to success...

Purchasing software has always been something of a risk, however in today’s climate there is more pressure than ever before to make the right decision.  With a reported 70% of software projects failing to deliver the pre-purchase objectives, it seems easier to make the wrong decision than the right one.  I believe there are a couple of significant reasons behind this failure rate:

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization, Application Integration