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Using IBM Navigator for i

Manta announces the availability of a new course, Using Navigator for i.

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Maxava iFoundation Bowling Tournament 2017

Maxava iFoundation is hosting a bowling tournament, 'i Community Strikes Back' opened to all IBM i community for a chance to win a trip to COMMON FALL 2017 (travel and accommodations included)!

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Eye on the i World: How IBM Watson Analytics Can Assist with IBM i Business Intelligence Tasks

John Ghrist

Using IBM Watson Analytics for extending an enterprise's ability to understand its own data doesn't happen automatically. Datawatch, an ISV that offers software for facilitating Watson Analytics' use, explains how it can be done with its Monarch product.

Written by John Ghrist

The traditional strength of the IBM i has been the superior ability to handle data and databases and to report the information contained in them to those who need it. A myriad of third-party business intelligence and reporting products offered to support the platform have enhanced this ability even more. However, although IBM hasn't done the best job of pointing it out, IBM Watson Analytics may be able to help SMB enterprises do an even better job of analyzing their own internal data.

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TechTip: Watson, APIs, and You, Part 2

David Shirey

A couple of articles ago, we looked at what an API was and even what Watson was, but we didn’t get into an example of the kinds of stuff Watson is mixed up in. Stand by to be amazed. 

Written by Dave Shirey   

In a previous TechTip, we started to get into what the new world of APIs allows us to do (interface complex applications, not just point functions, with your custom applications) and what Watson really is (a set of very fast processors running with a parallel architecture, DeepQA, to provide a new way to approach the question-and-answer application). But we didn’t talk about how you can get involved with that world.

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Eye on the i World: Adopting Watson-Based Apps - Some Examples

John Ghrist

IBM Watson apps available via the cloud are a more viable alternative than many SMBs realize.

Written by John Ghrist

Currently, there are a number of mental drawbacks for executives at IBM i and other enterprises that might benefit from using the IBM Watson platform. One is the misperception that Watson and its associated products primarily benefit only large companies with correspondingly “Big Data” sources. Another is that the traditional model of licensing software for in-house use gets expensive for Watson apps because the Watson platform itself currently runs only on high-end IBM i servers like the 750. A third is that going just by info available on the web can make it hard to get your head around what sort of use could be made of Watson and its associated apps in your enterprise’s specific environment.

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IBM Watson’s Fight Against Cybercrime

Steve Pitcher

Watson for Cyber Security provides new tools for overwhelmed security staff.

Written by Steve Pitcher

In any IT system, how do you know if it’s under attack?

That’s really a loaded question. Systems are always under attack. Day and night, whether you’re aware of it or not, people, machines, and programs are hitting any device that can be reached either on the public Internet or on private networks. Old NAT rules on firewalls can be very effective holes to constantly probe a commonly used port on internal servers. Internal employees with computers infected with many forms of malware are hitting every machine on corporate networks in countless businesses all over the world right now.

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TechTip: Using the DB2 Programming Language (PL), Part 1

David Shirey

Everybody’s talking about data-centric programming. Well, I mean you won’t hear people talking about it in a bar or anywhere fun, but whatever. But this isn’t a bar, is it? No, more’s the pity. So, since there’s nothing else to do, let’s talk.

Written by David Shirey  

A few months ago, I wrote an article about data-centric programming. And it was very nice and all, but I want to get specific and cover a fair amount of detail about how to actually go about it.

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Cognitive Morality

Steve Pitcher

Debating the ethics and morality of artificial intelligence before machines do it on our behalf.

Written by Steve Pitcher

Have you ever seen Ex Machina? If you haven’t, here’s your spoiler alert in advance.

It’s a 2015 movie about a young programmer named Caleb Smith who wins a corporate contest to spend a week with the CEO of his company in a secluded, high-dollar fortress home in the middle of nowhere. Now, the most unrealistic part of the movie would be the initial premise: someone actually wanting to win a week-long one-on-one trip to their CEO’s home in the middle of nowhere. The CEO has built an attractive humanoid robot named Ava with artificial intelligence (AI), and the purpose of Caleb’s visit is to impartially evaluate Ava to determine if she is capable of independent thought and consciousness.

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