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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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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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Eye on the i World: What You Think You Know About Watson Might Be Wrong

John Ghrist

What's Watson? That high-end IBM analytics platform that only a global health insurance company or some other giant conglomerate can use effectively? Maybe not.

Written by John Ghrist

I'm starting to be a bit mystified by the IBM Watson phenomenon, and for more than one reason. On one hand, there's at least a segment of ISVs in the IBM i market that think Watson's nothing to be concerned about. On the other, there's IBM itself, which seems to be hoping IBM Watson will be a big engine of growth in its corporate future, and yet, some of the information IBM offers about the platform via the web seems, well, surprisingly vague and even unintentionally misleading.

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Musical Chairs and a New Name at IBM

David Shirey

Is IBM at it again? Are they on the verge of another renaming event? Internal memos seem to indicate that it has already happened.

Written by Dave Shirey  

If you have been around the IBM i world long enough, you know there’s really only one thing that is constant—IBM’s primal need to rename things every few years. This time it’s not the i itself that’s being renamed, but Power Systems may not be Power Systems much longer.

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A Report Card for Oracle: How Is It Managing MySQL?

What does it mean for IBM i?

tom stockwellWritten by Thomas M. Stockwell

When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems in 2010, one of the questions on everyone's mind was what Oracle would do with the multitudinous software properties that Oracle absorbed. Not the least of these was the incredibly popular open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) called MySQL.

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DB-Gate Simplifies Access to Remote Databases from IBM i

Raz-Lee Security appears to have broken the code on remote data access, making it simple enough for any user to seamlessly access data on any remote data store.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

Raz-Lee Security is now offering, for a limited time, a free trial of its remote database access product DB-Gate. The new product, announced two weeks ago, appears to solve one of the longstanding impediments to companies keeping the IBM i at the center of their computing universe—access to non-DB2 databases.

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Oracle Drops the Ball with MySQL on the i. Will IBM or Zend Pick It Up and Run With It?

With Oracle announcing end of life for IBM i distributions of MySQL, I'll discuss the potential for alternatives of MySQL on the i.

tom_snyderWritten by Tom Snyder

Oracle has decided to no longer support MySQL on the IBM i, and I for one am very disappointed in this recent announcement. When I first heard that you could run MySQL on the IBM i, I initially thought to myself, "Why would I want to use the MySQL database when I have DB2?" In this article, I intend to tell you why you would want to and why it's such a loss that Oracle will no longer be providing IBM i binaries. I'll also explain some of the options that we have without it.

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