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TechTip: Discovering Bluemix

The fastest way to discover Bluemix is to sign up for a free trial and start using it.

Ashok IyengarWritten by Ashok K. Iyengar

Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt from the book IBM Cloud Platform Primer.

 

Bluemix is IBM’s enterprise-grade cloud development and deployment platform—in other words, Platform as a Service (PaaS). It is hosted on SoftLayer, which is IBM’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). What makes Bluemix “open” is the fact that it’s built on top of and is an extension of the Cloud Foundry open-source development and deployment cloud platform. Combining the strength of IBM’s software with third-party technologies while using Cloud Foundry to keep it open, Bluemix offers an integrated development experience in the cloud. It helps both born-on-the-cloud and enterprise developers build applications with their choice of tools and languages. Bluemix features cloud integration services that enable a secure connection between an organization’s public apps and its private assets.

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5 Practical Ways to Use the Audit Journal to Solve your Administration Woes

The IBM i Audit Journal contains a wealth of information yet remains a mystery to those who can use it most. Carol describes practical ways that security and system administrators can use this information to help them in their daily jobs.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

The past few weeks, I’ve found myself helping our clients solve their issues by looking for specific entries in the audit journal. Most administrators think that the IBM i audit journal is only good for compliance reporting or just used during a forensic investigation. Nothing can be further from the truth. So I thought I’d share a few examples of how you can use the audit journal to solve daily problems. Or to help you debug problems or investigate administration-related issues.

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SQL 101: Date-Related Functions, Part 3 - Extracting Information from Dates

This article continues the date-related functions discussion, introducing a few more simple but extremely useful SQL functions: DAYOFWEEK, WEEK, QUARTER, DAYOFYEAR, and MIDNIGHT_SECONDS. Do you have time for some date fun?

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

Let me start with a quick flashback: an RPG Academy TechTip published in October 2015, explaining how to create an RPG function to calculate the day of the week of a given date stirred things up quite a bit. Some readers complained this kind of function was totally unnecessary, because SQL is better equipped to do this type of thing and so on. My reply was that I’d get to a point in the SQL 101 series in which I’d cover the “SQL version” of that particular function, named Clc_DayOfWeek.

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Using Scope in Linear-Main Programs to Create More Stable Applications

Linear-main RPG programs eliminate the RPG logic cycle and add new levels of variable scoping to protect your code from bugs down the road.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

While I am no expert in the RPG logic cycle, I have had to deal with it in older applications over the years. Most RPG developers have dealt with a logic cycle program at least once. I can honestly say I have never written a new logic cycle program, but I have seen others in the community doing it. This article is not intended to start a religious war about cycle programming. There are some who will never give it up. Instead, this article will demonstrate how to create a program without the logic cycle and concentrate on what I think is a very useful benefit to using linear-main procedures in program.

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Bluemix: A Viable Option for Power Customers

Just what is Bluemix, and what could it mean for you? An interview with an IBMer reveals the answers.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Last week, I sat down with Adam Gunther, Director of Cloud Developers Services at IBM, to talk about IBM Bluemix. I told Adam I wasn’t a developer up front, but I wanted him to explain just exactly how my small-to-medium-sized business with an investment in on-premises infrastructure could really take advantage of Bluemix. I wasn’t disappointed.

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INDUSTRY NEWS >>

IBM Bluemix Garage Offerings

IBM Bluemix Garage offerings help clients design, develop, and deploy innovating and engaging applications on IBM Bluemix by using the Bluemix Garage Method.

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IBM Support Line for Linux OSS on Power Systems

IBM Support Line for Linux OSS on Power Systems offers remote CentOS technical support to help you supplement your technical staff.

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IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software V7.7.1

Runs on Intel, offers new functionality and support for new hardware.

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IBM Cloud Services Offerings Help Plan, Set Up, and Manage IBM Control Desk on Cloud

IBM Control Desk on Cloud offers remotely delivered services options from IT Service Management (ITSM).

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IBM Customer Insight for Banking on Cloud

IBM Customer Insight for Banking on Cloud helps banks grow revenue, improve service, and increase marketing efficiency.

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IBM Hardware News: August 23, 2016

FlashSystem V9000 and Storwize V7000F and V5030F

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Kisco Releases SafeNet/i V10.39

Support for Ipv6 added.

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Cilasoft Announces Job Log Explorer

Cilasoft Announces Job Log Explorer, a no-cost tool to help IBM i administrators easily find information in job logs.

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IBM MobileFirst Foundation V8.0

IBM MobileFirst Foundation V8.0 delivers new Processor Value Unit licensing option.

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IBM Spectrum MPI V10.1 for Linux

IBM Spectrum MPI V10.1 delivers high performance and scalability for your parallel applications.

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