308 posts • joined 29 Mar 2013
Microfocus has no where else to grow. COBOL sales are static and mature.
I disagree. From above statement, I have had to get acquainted with COBOL for reason of ERP systems - and the sales wonks have sold a lot of new deals. Not iPhone6 territory but MF will be happy. Also the annual license costs must be keeping someone in Moet.
Re: This announcement worries me
Strange comment, and I do not see where your worry comes from. MicroFocus is a conservative customer with a very nice cashflow from an extremely stable customer base. They will not have done this move for some mad hedge fund idea of strip and sale. I suspect they do want their own OS to go alongside COBOL so they have a nice packaged deal for them many many customers.
I inherited with horror 43 customers using COBOL as the result of a merger, and the aged workforce that looked after them. Its turned out to be dead easy to manage - very stable systems and by removing the Zimmers they stay working 18hrs a day.
COBOL and *ix from the same supplier looks like a great proposition to me.
If you are in Redmond
Hire a car and go to the museum. His selection of items is great and they all work. And the people who work there know a great deal.
Small compared to say the USAF in Dayton but a real gem
Re: Picking the nit...
Also their fuel tanks blew up from a side it. Something the Russians soon exploited
Also their transmissions broke (something of a German speciality)
Whatever is said about German vs. Russian tanks - the deciding factor is - who's was in front of the Reichstag on May 2nd 1945?
Bugger missed this
One thing it is, narrow.
Which means it can get up old mule tracks common in European mountains which very few other 4x4 can start on
I borrowed one to haul climbing and camping gear up to a Spanish mountain hut. No problems, someone with a 4x4 Transit got jammed in between the walls. I have no idea what happened as I just drove through the fields and off.
Great cars. Mk1 and 2 rotted though
"But does any company put core compute into the cloud ?"
I agree with M.B. says and I will add, geographical spread
Lets say you have shipping in Singapore, sales offices in Sydney, Munich, and Dayton, Ohio (eeeuughh!) and accounts in Luxembourg and you have to tie that lot together.
A global cloud provider is giving you the links, the fail over and the servers in one package.
And yes this is core like nowt else
Sort of related. When hurricane Katrina hit my team was involved in helping some customers get started again, that changed a lot of minds for the customers, they never wanted their own kit in one location again. They wanted to be able to ship the employees across country and start again in a hotel room. Soon after they have found them again.
Re: How many ?
Somewhat challengely put, I can see you are in management.
So tell me one thing - are you running in normal mode your systems at 100% capacity that you need add more systems at peak load ?
Sort of, they will be running above 50% I guess, and yes load at all tiers of the application will go up, asymmetrically of course because it depends on which of the examples I have given.
How about databases?
We will do that depending on the task and the architecture of the application,and add more stuff to existing db servers
Are you also spawning new instances just for peak load ?
Well peak, mmmm, depends what you mean. Some of the above examples do not arrive at a pointy peak as characterised by the Matterhorn shape. Many are more Aconcagua in form. So we will add to respond to expected loads and try and add quickly if odd stuff is detected. Sometimes the extra is left in place for days as the demand goes on and on.
I am interested in what answers you were expecting? Do these match with your experience in managing variable loads?
All the above is helped by having your software designed at least in part to be able all these shenanigans to happen.
The ERP system I am referring to is stateless and asynchronous and so can scale up and out without batting an eyelid.
Please answer, as I have spent time writing this and I had paint to watch dry
Re: How many ?
"many industries require burstable systems."
Would you mind name at least 5 ?
What confronts me and my team are:
Time and expense systems - at end of month everyone logs on to do all the work they should have done in the month
ERP systems when doing end of month reporting, or trying new cube/datamart based data analysis
And separately ERP systems when people do very large MRP roll ups
Transactional web sites when the company is offering sudden discounts or at the end of bidding by subcontractors. These aren't general public facing
Less so as this can be predicted - mathematical modelling of business processes and trying different parameter sets.
"The most bizarre repair was somebody who drove a forklift directly into the touchscreen and pushed it almost through the back of the casing! :-O"
I am indirectly involved in big touch screens - sorta 500cm x 300cm x200cm - at the edges of their solid stainless cab. And I am told more than the odd one gets this treatment. Why?
T34, IS2 vs Tiger any Panter any
"Accordingly, the Germans created the Tiger and Panther series, which dominated battlefields for the rest of the war"
Not so. On paper maybe, but in the mud and dust of Belarus and the east German plain they looked good in the German cinemas but failed consistently. Mechanical breakdowns, way to expensive to make and almost impossible to repair in the field.
As Clausewitz said 'fog of war' albeit about something else - the Germans designed something to fit their mad ideals not the real stuff on the ground.
Re: Exact Change
The hegemony of the Oyster card extends beyond Zone 6!
Universidad de Salamanca
she say El Internet.
Was the way I heard it said first - before I had heard it in English. I back worked it to WhatsApp to my Spanish yoof and since then the ones I know say Whatsapp - they pretty well all speak English anyhow.
The gender of Internet I shall submit to Salamanca for a ruling, back in a mo.
Dennis was given a lighter charge because the judge considered him “very much less intelligent”.
Which was the comment of the very biased* Old Bailey of the first trail.
And those of us around at the time found it was one part of the summing up we kinda agreed with
Dennis spent his time and money trying to re-write history over his involvement in School Kids Oz, (I am a proud owner of a copy) and I have watched as he got adsorbed by the establishment he claims to have antagonised
Richard Neville, with Anderson, the real smarts behind Oz wrote some telling stuff about Dennis in Hippie Hippie Shake, IIRC. Mostly about how he scuttled away as soon as he could.
Not a fan.
* other words could be used but this post would not get allowed if used.
Atmosphere in an Ibsen play - what?
I though the point of Ibsen was there is no atmosphere - its a record of stultified time passing.
Another thumbs up for Force 10. Mine spent may a year as base camp in some part of the Alps. Faded like hell, but still OK. My wife loaned it to the daughter of a friend. Said bint left it in a field at some festival. Much wailing and crying. Arse.
Re: The next big thing
Bang on on the garage thing
Shoreditch is just useful for concentrating all the beard wearing hipsters so we South of the river don't have to suffer them too much.
Re: Need more business app support
Webex is there and no Tripcase. but I buzz around the world with the BA, American airlines an Marriott applications on my corp. 635. I don't like the integrated apps, if I am booking a BA flight, I want to do it with BA. You mileage may vary
Our corp choice is Windows through out and whilst a number of my fellow brilliantined zoot suited manager sluts cried when the iPhones were taken off them, it's ceased to be topic of conversation.
I see no reason contra WP, just as I see no pushing reason pro WP
Re: Combo Upate
TOM38 - oh get you using a big word and trying to put someone down. Maybe the geezer knows Latin or pretty well any South European language and then he doesn't need to follow your advice - just uses logic. Nitwit.
Re: Gordon 10
"They went into battle with about a hundred rounds."
No space for that amount. The inside is really cramped. Yes experienced crews did overload the compartment but IIRC the stored was about 30, lying around was about 18 and stuck where the wireless operator sat about 10. But they know if they were hit there was no second chance
But as you say 40 rounds for an 85mm gun, laughable. There was no chance of replacing them as they advanced the workshops were often 100s of Kms behind. They just kept firing and the ZIS just threw in more shells.
@Matt Bryant - Again I agree, but I would add that we must understand what the Russians in the East were doing. On the 22nd of June Operation Bagration started. Quoted by most 2nd WW specific historians as the single biggest operation in WW2 (and thus history) and the single biggest contribution to the destruction of the German army.
Re: Gordon 10
Great post and from the evidence I have read in German and English pretty well spot on. The Jumo had a realistic in service life of 10 to 12 hours. If they had used the energy and scare materials making lots of Panthers and dumping the Tiger the war might have finished on the right side of the Oder. But if you have a manic as a leader and you follow him rationale goes out f the window.
Re: Noboby uses Bing for a good reason
"OS maps were available on WP Bing maps,"
Agree with all your comments on the Ordnance.
Now, as you say, if we had the old 2.5" series on the WP wouldn't that be spiffing?
And even better we could have Series 1 OS on the phone. Double spiffing!!
Re: how on earth did it come to this?
You forgot the /s
To run a major ERP system with hundred level BOMs and create MRP work tos for multiple workcentres with stock pulls from multiple warehouse is a tad more difficult than you outline
Whilst no fan of SAP, most of the stories against them originate in failed implementations which mostly is nothing to do with their software; its the people working around it.
Re: There's also some handy android apps
"Mind you I can't honestly recommend travelling to Banbury just to use a barcode scanner on a ticket barrier."
I'm down wid dat dude.
Re: Good Thing (TM)
"Yes, in the UK we get to pay hefty subsidies, and inflated ticket prices. And still have rubbish trains."
I disagree, but its almost impossible to answer the subsidies issue. There are no clear published numbers of direct and even more difficult indirect funding and add to the picture the money the Brit Rail Cos return to the Gov but reading the German, French and Spanish press you get the impression the Govt funding is very good
On fares, you will be surprised in comparison to our close European neighbours
Take a look
Of course in places further East, ie Slovak Republic, Hungary and Mother Russia the fares by iron horse are pence.
Re: Good Thing (TM)
"Or, short form - "privatisation". Thanks for that one, Tony Blair."
Enlighten me - how did Tony Blair have anything to do with that?
Re: Good Thing (TM)
"The German train service makes the free Deutsche Bahn app (every train in Europe, every bus in Germany, and the app's available in English and Kraut)."
Its called subsidies
And the trains and bus - well in London and environs are not bad. Full, yes - but not bad.
And if the DBB were so great how come the app doesn't cover Chiltern which they own?
The day I can book at Moor Street for Madrid and get a through return I will rejoice.
SouthWest trains Twitter does it for me
Their service tells you what's going on without you having to do anything
Also Twit them and they will turn on heating, aircon or whatever is necessary.
Re: There's also some handy android apps
"I use the Chiltern App" Me too - appears to do everything I want.
But why do they not accept the lovely barcode tickets at other places than the lovely Marylebone
Re: The tank used for the illustration ...
Yes, the ISU 122 built on a KV1 chassis. Strictly a tank destroyer. But found a niece use in the Battle for Berlin. The infantry would ask then to blow a hole through a row of houses so they could avoid the dangerous street.
1.23 billion, only!
Wow, I thought they were bigger than that. Thus now I understand the slowness to develop and low prices they charge.
Re: and also
I use Excel on my WinP quite successfully
I create spreadsheets on the PC, save them to OneDrive and then in meeting display them on the screen through PhotoBeamer. Instant corrections and changes
All works rather well.
Its all about using the appropriate tool at the appropriate time.
These appear much much better than our tests - for competitive purposes.
I shall have the testing staff flogged and sold into slavery forthwith
Normally I would want to know how much got posted per screen - along the idea of how many order lines per order (I know its not an SOP system) but the data shifting there is good whatever.
Of course we can't believe any of this - its on Microsoft Azure and its Microsoft software and thus just can't work.
mmm our testing shows not so much. But I keep an open mind.
To use Azure to max benefit you need async top to bottom of your software design and statelessness at each boundary between scale out 'layers'
Then Azure's tech and payment structures really run well.
The difficulty as far as I can see is how companies with so much invested in many 1000s of person years of programing are going to re-engineer for the Azure (or any other VM role based) structure.
This SAP movement will be interesting to watch, and check if they change the structures
Re: So what _can_ you do?
I back up what the spectacularly refined chap says. Any CV has to have solid evidence of what you have achieved or done - must explain responsibilities and have numerical evidence. A list of things you know is useless
HR reject CVs if there is no sign of achievement before they send them to me as they know they will be binned.
Money and people
" I can behave appropriately up to Cxx level both internally and with clients, and I'm happy to crawl under a desk to plug in network cables"
Can't do both. If you have the mind that lets you talk to a CEO of some multi-million turnover company you will not delight in scrubbing under a desk.
I am a waster of a manager with a magnificent superiority complex that most of you think you would hate. I also wheel my salary home in a wheelbarrow.
How come? - money and people. The two most difficult items to handle in any project It, bringing a car engine to market, or designing a thing. All of which I have done or been associated with.
If you can summarize a complex problem in the terms of your audience, relate it to their wants and also provide ££ based choices you can talk to a CEx, but those features are the opposite of sitting down trying to fix a buggy program.
I know enough about JSON, C#, IP routing, database design and so on that I can have a decent discussion with the people perpetrating the work, but more importantly I can translate that into something that people way above me or at a customer can understand just enough for them to make a decision which mostly I have made for them.
If you can't do that, stick to some aspect of computing but be fucking good at what you do - the best in your group. I do not employ generalists, only people highly skilled in their own area, but they can also communicate to their peers. They form ad hoc teams to build systems and solve problems, but unless you are damn good you can't do the work fast enough.
in 1941 the Soviet army looked an awful lot bigger than the German army,
But we know what happened.
Pragmatic view of men and weapons meant that the Red Army ended up with battle and war winning tanks, planes, guns and strategies.
They did cross the Oder and end up strolling down Unter der Linden.
Things can change dramatically - which is the point of the article.
BBC is populated, mostly, by a bunch of self serving and networked Oxbridge luvvies who have no idea of projects this large and this complex - allegedly.
The internecine management/commissioning structure might be useful if you want a bloke in a linen jacket with a scarf wandering over Italy expounding on pre-Etruscan nose fluting, but not keeping controls on a project as big as this with no clear and agreed outcomes. Again allegedly
No wonder his is going for unfair dismissal. Anyone on that salary and employed to manage such a project should be making risk assessments and making the 'management' forcefully aware every week. If he didn't, he should fry.
Re: Ellison may not want it, though
"But isn't it the Left that claims to live by:
"I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it...""
Nope it was Voltaire
I'll leave you to your search engine to determine if he is The Left
Re: Cos its not a real sport...
If you rely on Mr American chest wig himself* it is - "There are but three true sports--bullfighting, mountain climbing, and motor-racing. The rest are merely games"
*Ernest Hemingway. The only good thing about him is that it made a lot of Americans (search of the elusive Great American Novel) come to Paris when I was living there - and some were pliant women.
Shit off to HR again..
Re: Well, it was only a matter of time......
@dogged my thoughts also. And should Amaz, Sams, et al create another store they can hook into that.
Re: Time to Migrate.
<If the last Microsoft Server thing you used was Server 2003, then definately try Server 2012 R2 ....>
And a honey to run SQL 2014 on.
A Lamboghini is driven by a tosser with too much money
Way more subtle than that
A Lambo 400Gt is driven by a man of depth, and subtlety
Any Lambo after that is driven by a tosser with too much money
A BMW CSL of any stripe is driven by a man with a fine sensibility, all else (maybe not a 2002 tii) is in wankerville
Re: Good business maxim
Andreessen Horowitz beg to differ
MS could sell a boatload more if they were actually able to get hold of them...
To get them into the hands of sales we have gone to JL and used the corp AMEX. Expensive but effective until someone in the US noticed and told us to go back to hookers, Veuve and the Colombians. They have a GL code for that.
More detail than they will release
would be interesting.
Those on prem sales - what is the decline in new lics., vs upgrades vs extra seats.
What's the margin on the cloud based seats?
Plus a lot more before we could really asses which way their business is going.
Whilst I hate R3 with a vengeance, I just don't see it going away for decades and will provide Herr Hopp many D.Marks for years to come
Re: Please, tell us...
Use your favourite search engine to read stuff around Russell's teapot, to understand your fallacious use of English
Re: IMG Breaking News!!
"Smaller population size than who Gallup considered I guess due to Gallup having a new better different population estimate."
If you work out your sample error as you go along you can see the error become asymptotic with the error axis and can reasonably decide to not to talk to any more corn feed Iowans
- 'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
- Crawling from the Wreckage THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models
- Pics Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype
- Bargain basement iPhone shoppers BEWARE! eBay exposes users to phishing vuln
- Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst