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2015 Guide to Manufacturing Software PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Infor Global Solutions   
Monday, 01 February 2016 01:00

2015 manufacturing outlook—optimism, expansion, and hurdles.

Written by Infor

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "2015 Guide to Manufacturing Software" available free at the MC White Paper Center.

For all manufacturing industries, growth remains top of mind. Post-recession cautiousness has given way to confidence and more ambitious business goals. From automotive to fashion, more manufacturing leaders are ready to take bigger risks in the hopes of bigger payoffs, and optimism is the highest it's been in years.

Recent studies show that 44% of automotive CEOs believe the global economy is improving (nearly three times the previous year's figure), while the same percentage of UK manufacturers expect increased growth in the coming months.

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 13:25
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Technology Focus: Sunrise, Sunset: Tools for Tracking Application Lifecycles PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 19 October 2015 01:00

Do you find Application Lifecycle Management a confusing term? Not to worry, even four vendors of this solution type don't entirely agree on what ALM means.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is one of those IT-related endeavors that has expanded from humble beginnings to its grand and glorious present as a discipline touching application development and deployment from cradle to grave. But if you're unsure whether Software Configuration Management (SCM), or ALM, or the more trendy DevOps is the correct terminology for this function, you're not alone. Not even a sampling of software vendors in this market completely agree on what ALM encompasses, or whether SCM or DevOps is a more appropriate term.

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015 01:00
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Technology Focus: Modernizing Your Apps to Keep Up with Technology, Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 21 September 2015 01:00

Application modernization on the IBM i has become a code phrase for many different approaches. After Webfacing, translating server apps to mobile devices is the next most popular business need.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Last month, in "Technology Focus: Modernizing Your Apps to Keep Up with Technology, Part 1," we showed ways in which some of the application modernization tool vendors view the modernization problem and how they react to the demand for Webfacing. This month, in Part 2, we continue the discussion of app modernization with the market need for at least letting mobile devices communicate with server software. Then we conclude with some advice from the vendors on how best to approach modernization in general.

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2015 01:00
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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 01:00

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 14:13
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So You're Finally Ready to Modernize Your IBM i? Here's How to Start PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian May   
Monday, 10 August 2015 01:00

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 01:00
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HelpSystems Expands Universal Web Interface for Its Systems Products PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 03 August 2015 01:00

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 14:55
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Technology Focus: If Your Data Eggs Are in One Basket, You Should at Least Scramble Them PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 20 July 2015 01:00

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 15:45
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8 Very Good Reasons to Use Your Power i for Shipping PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Varsity Logistics, Inc.   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 01:00

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 11:51
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