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With IBM Connections, IBM i Goes Social PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Collaboration & Messaging
Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 24 March 2014 00:00

Whether you're an SMB with distributed branches or a large enterprise with thousands of users, IBM i is arguably the platform choice for IBM Connections. Among its many top-notch qualities, IBM i is finally social.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

IBM i is now a supported platform for IBM Connections!

 

I'll try to put this article in terms of those not familiar with IBM i but familiar with Connections and vice versa. IBM i is one of the most intriguing operating systems in the world, showcasing its world-class security, stability, scalability, and most importantly, integration. The heritage of IBM i goes back to the AS/400, which ran the OS/400 operating system. IBM i was rebranded in 2008 and now runs on IBM Power Systems and PureSystems hardware.

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 10:28
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Technology Focus: Are CRM Apps Converging with BI Apps? PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Customer Relationship Management
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Data about customers is central to both CRM and BI applications, and that trend is growing. Does that mean the two app types are converging? Even some CRM software vendors can't agree whether they are or aren't.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence (BI) applications both have data about customers and products at their cores. This is becoming more critical for businesses that deal in most kinds of products and services because serving customers efficiently and smoothly are considered hallmarks of winning repeat business.

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00
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The Economics of Cloud: SaaS vs. PaaS vs. IaaS vs. In-House PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by Thomas Stockwell   
Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00

Look beyond the smoke and mirrors of marketing jargon.

tom stockwellWritten by Thomas M. Stockwell

A lot of companies are evaluating cloud services to extend or replace in-house IT services at a lower cost. The reasons for considering cloud services include access to more affordable and/or more powerful applications, legacy migration concerns that result from outdated operating systems (e.g., Windows XP), IT staff reductions, capacity planning, etc.

 

But what are the economics behind the move to cloud? Will outsourcing services to the cloud really solve the economic challenges of in-house IT, or will they exacerbate existing IT service issues and end up costing more?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 18:12
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10 Facts You Need to Know About Laser Check Printing on Your IBM i PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Document Management
Written by DRV Technologies, Inc.   
Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00

Let's look at the truth and bust the myths.

Written by DRV Technologies

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "10 Facts You Need to Know About Laser Check Printing on Your IBM i" available free from the MC White Paper Center.

 

The first thing you need to know is that laser check printing is secure and easier to maintain than traditional pre-printed check printing.

 

The second thing to know is that, with a few quick steps, setup is simple. You do not need to purchase special equipment, and it is very easy to update bank account numbers, signatures, and logos.

 

The third thing you should know is that laser check printing can save thousands, potentially hundreds of thousands, of dollars in supplies and labor, depending on the size of your company.

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Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 18:11
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Technology Focus: Utensils for Building "Delicious" Server Apps PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by John Ghrist   
Friday, 31 January 2014 16:08

 

Want to create an app that's a hash of custom transactions for your enterprise? Or an elegant amuse-bouche of a tailored customer-lookup app? You'll find more than "just desserts" in today's app tools market.

 

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

 

As varied and comprehensive as today's off-the-shelf software applications are, it's hard to find any that seem tailor-made for any enterprise. Unless you pay for custom adaptations, the need for building at least some apps in-house, at least so far, hasn't gone away. And with the needed deadline for many software projects already being "yesterday" from day one, few shops have the time luxury of letting their developers hand-code new software. Hence, the need for software development tools remains constant.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:44
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Technology Focus: Managing Storage Is as Critical as Managing Your Data PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

Accurate data is critical to today's businesses. Managing its storage and retrieval is therefore decisive as well.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

"Storage management" has come to be an umbrella term that encompasses not just data storage and retrieval, but such formerly independent topics as high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR), and capacity planning. Add to that the realities of virtualization, cloud services, and multiplatform environments, and the whole topic of storage management becomes complicated and full of options that each enterprise must explore to find the right combination for their line of business.

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00
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Making the Transition to Managed Services Successfully PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by Patrick Zelten   
Monday, 28 October 2013 00:00

Don't let a potentially great partnership turn sour.

patrick zeltenWritten by Patrick Zelten

History is filled with stories of seemingly great partnerships gone bad. After leading Roman slaves in a revolt that resulted in their freedom, Spartacus and Crixus argued on what to do next and parted company with their individual followers. Both were subsequently destroyed by the Roman Legions, one at a time.

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 00:00
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Technology Focus: 100 Social Media Monitoring Tools, Part II PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Collaboration & Messaging
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

Social media can be a business tool. With a plethora of monitoring products available, both in licensable software and freeware, finding a product to help explore this technological marketing niche could be a few clicks away.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

It's long been recognized by marketers that "word of mouth" is one of the most reliable forms of advertising. People trust what their friends tell them more than they trust advertising. With social media in such widespread use today, that "word" has expanded from in-person and telephone chats to tweets, Facebook postings, blogs, and other electronic communications. While it was never possible (or polite) to eavesdrop on face-to-face discussions and phone calls among an enterprise's customers, the Internet has blessed (or cursed) all of us with the phenomenon of these casual conversations being permanently recorded for anyone curious enough to find and read them.

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00
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