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It's Just Another Day, But Do You Know What Your Reports Are Doing? PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Document Management
Written by Bill Langston   
Monday, 24 August 2015 00:00

Like magic, custom reports and critical files in various formats appear each day in user's folders, portals, print queues, and email. But if they didn’t run one day soon, would anyone know why?

bill langstonWritten by Bill Langston

Programmers are taught early in their career to simplify program maintenance by carefully documenting their work. Companies invest significant time and money developing business continuity and disaster recovery plans in the hope they can minimize risk and reduce recovery time if the enterprise is threatened. But many of these same organizations never document their reports and reporting processes. Knowledge of these practices is frequently overlooked until the environment changes and someone stops receiving a report or file they rely on to monitor and guide their daily operations. That's a bit too late.

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 00:00
Technology Focus: Modernizing Your Apps to Keep Up with Technology, Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

Application modernization on the IBM i remains a moving target for nearly everyone. That's probably because it's actually become a code phrase for many different approaches. Webfacing or refacing is the most common.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

"Application modernization" as a term has been floating around the IBM i market long enough that it should be old hat by now, except it isn't. It's even still a buzzword…although perhaps "buzz phrase" would be a better characterization. In both the past and present it means modifications referred to in as varied ways as screen-scraping, refacing, re-engineering, and now, being capable of mobile-device access.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 13:13
So You're Finally Ready to Modernize Your IBM i? Here's How to Start PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by Brian May   
Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

The first steps in a modernization project are the most frightening but often the simplest.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

The world of application development is an ever-changing place. Languages and frameworks come and go. Many of them can be seen as fads, but they all leave a mark on the landscape of application development. The landscape is changing more rapidly now than ever before.


Should you jump on every bandwagon that comes along? Of course not! You should, however, stay abreast of trends in the industry.

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00
HelpSystems Expands Universal Web Interface for Its Systems Products PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 03 August 2015 00:00

Respond to system messages from any device.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

HelpSystems extends Web Server, a universal interface for its IT management software products for IBM i and other platforms, to its Robot SCHEDULER product. Previously available only for Robot NETWORK, the server gives users a graphical interface to HelpSystems' Robot SCHEDULE job-scheduling product. The interface is accessible from any device with Internet access, including browsers, cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices, without requiring any type of emulation.

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Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2015 13:55
Fly Above Storm Clouds with an Airtight Data Migration to the Cloud PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by Ian Masters   
Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00

A carefully executed data migration plan and the right migration technology can make cloud a viable option for scalable data storage.

ian mastersWritten by Ian Masters

As organizations continue to amass vast amounts of data, cloud has come to the fore as a solution that can meet growing storage demands. A notable 64 percent of respondents to Vision Solutions 2015 State of Resilience Report, which surveyed IT professionals, said that their organizations currently use cloud services. The number has more than doubled since 2011, when just 23 percent of respondents used the cloud.

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 09:19
Technology Focus: If Your Data Eggs Are in One Basket, You Should at Least Scramble Them PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00

It's never too late to protect your data and apps with software encryption…until it is too late.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

It may be only a slight exaggeration to say that it seems like hardly a week goes by without news of yet another organization suffering a data breach. With world commerce coming to rely so heavily on moving large amounts of data rapidly between computers, the benefits of stealing that data has become irresistible to some.

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2015 14:45
9 Things to Consider When Choosing an ERP Package on IBM i PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Enterprise Resource Planning / Financial
Written by Ross Freeman   
Monday, 13 July 2015 00:00

Selecting an ERP package is an event of huge significance. Considerations include functional fit, vendor capability, and implementation cost. But selecting an ERP package that runs on IBM i requires some specific considerations. We'll call this being "Viably i."

ross freemanWritten by Ross Freeman

In any ERP selection, a primary concern is that your ERP vendor will be around for the long-term. The choice to buy an ERP isn't a transaction; it's a relationship. As with any relationship, you should expect it to last for a long time. You can expect your ERP partner to be enhancing and expanding the product and fully supporting you year after year. They can expect you to take full advantage of the enhancements and stay on the current release. That provides maximum value to you and keeps the relationship healthy.

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 July 2015 07:52
8 Very Good Reasons to Use Your Power i for Shipping PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by Varsity Logistics, Inc.   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

Consolidate PC-based shipping/transportation management systems (TMS) on IBM's Power i platform.

Written by Varsity Logistics, Inc.

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper 8 Very Good Reasons to Use Your Power i for Shipping free for download from the MC White Paper Center.


Many companies in manufacturing, wholesale, or retail already use the IBM Power i to integrate most mission-critical enterprise data and business processes. In large, medium, and small companies, a decision was made to support enterprise applications on the Power i because of its reliability, low cost of ownership, superior processing power, flexibility, expandability, and security.


So, given the above, it may be surprising to hear that many of these companies still run their shipping and transportation management applications (one of their most mission-critical applications) on a collection of PCs and servers. Why would that be?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 10:51
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