Trevor Perry

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An iAdventure in Europe

Posted by Trevor Perry on Dec 10, 2013 10:59:25 PM

What a wonderful iAdventure! The iBelieve European tour visited five locations in two weeks, talking to the IBM i community from various countries. The audiences were quite different in each, and reserved as audience members - certainly in comparison to the previous iBelieve audiences in North America. The attendance was unexpectedly high, and the anticipation was palpable. The feedback from each event was very positive.

My presenting style is very direct, I don't believe in talking around a subject, but to address it head on. While this is sometimes interpreted as opinionated in the written form, in person, people tend to warm up quickly when they find I can be self-deprecating and take a joke. Without exception, the European audiences appeared a little wary at first, but warmed up with Dr. Frank, got more comfortable with Paul and Pascal, and by the time my session and the iBelieve event was over, they left in high spirits, feeling motivated.

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Topics: IBM i, iBelieve, looksoftware

2013 was a great year for IBM i customers

Posted by Trevor Perry on Jun 18, 2013 11:13:00 PM

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization

Wish You Were There! iBelieve for IBM i

Posted by Trevor Perry on Apr 29, 2013 7:34:00 PM

Why would you attend iBelieve? The marketing tagline for iBelieve New England was “IBM i - A future you can believe in”. Given that most people attending events don’t read the “abstract”, is that tagline enough to make you want to go?
Maybe you did read it and still did not attend?

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Topics: iBelieve

Screen scrapping (sic) in the 21st century

Posted by Trevor Perry on Apr 24, 2013 10:50:00 PM

Some years ago, customers wanted graphical user interfaces from the AS/400. In March 1992, the News 3X/400 magazine printed an article titled “GUIs - The Dawn of a New Age”. In July 1995, the Midrange Systems newspaper printed an article titled “The Final Word on GUIs”. Yet, in 20i3, customers are still using green screen applications!

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Topics: GUI, Screen Scrapping

~The~ Annual IBM i event?

Posted by Trevor Perry on Mar 31, 2013 11:49:00 PM

COMMON North America has a long and treasured history among the IBM i community.

From humble beginnings, through platform changes, over more than fifty years, the organization continues to provide relevant education for not only the IBM i platform, but adds more AIX and Linux education each year. While the audience of Linux and AIX attendees is slowly growing, the majority of attendees remain IBM i customers.

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Topics: IBM i, IBM i User Groups

Stirring IBM i Passion

Posted by Trevor Perry on Mar 15, 2013 5:45:00 PM



On March 5th, 2013, looksoftware and Maxava held an event in downtown Melbourne. The original invite can be found here: 

Attended by many IBM i customers, the event was a little marketing and a little evangelism. Similar to the longer iBelieve events being held by looksoftware in North America over the last year, none of the sessions were a vendor pitch. This seemed to resonate well with the audience, and the Q&A session was simply not long enough to satisfy their curiosity. From my perspective as the emcee, it was a successful event given that the questions raised may be the start of a dialog in the local IBM i community.

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Understanding User Expectation

Posted by Trevor Perry on Jan 22, 2013 11:53:00 PM

Green screen applications have one single advantage over any other kind of application available today - they appear to be quite fast.

Historically, this was not always the case, and response time was something that users would complain about regularly. As the servers running IBM i applications have increased in performance, regardless of how bad (or good) the underlying code is, performance appears to have improved, and quite substantially. Having been a speaker on performance tuning a decade ago, and watching the shenanigans played by so-called performance ‘experts’, I always ask when speaking at conferences about how many people have performance issues on their IBM i. The count used to be almost every attendee, today it is rarely more than one attendee occasionally.

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RPG! Yes you can...

Posted by Trevor Perry on Dec 4, 2012 5:15:00 PM


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The Art of Translation - IBM i

Posted by Trevor Perry on Nov 20, 2012 1:38:00 PM

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Topics: IBM i, GUI

It can always get better!

Posted by Trevor Perry on Oct 9, 2012 10:47:00 PM

Most of us find we are not keeping up with our job...

...there is not a moment to breathe, we work long hours, we are rarely finished on time, and the pipeline is endless. Whether it is maintenance, or new projects, we are overcommitted. And, unfortunately, this means that in general, I.T. has a reputation of rarely finishing anything on time. Ultimately, that responsibility is ours, yet we get caught up in the same cycle of development, and rarely step back to look at the bigger picture. 

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Topics: IBM i