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Technology Focus: Should You Do HA/DR in the Cloud or In-House? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

 

In the long run, it boils down to whether you prefer convenience or control.

 

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It seems to be inarguable anymore whether or not an enterprise of any size needs a high availability and disaster recovery (HA/DR, also often called business continuity (BC)) plan in place. The sticking point is more along the lines of how much time and money any business concern wants to invest in the process. Particularly in the cases of enterprises that have never experienced any significant downtime or downtime consequences, or that remain convinced the stability of IBM i servers is not just legendary but permanent, it can be challenging to set aside money, personnel, and systems time to prepare for a "just in case" scenario. The upshot is that it's something that has to be done, if only to avoid how awful the consequences might be if you don't.

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 18:01
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Technology Focus: Mobile Application Development Tools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

Building mobile-device version of server apps isn't so much about what High-Level Language is best to do the job. It's more about what an enterprise's entire strategy for mobile apps is.

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If you thought the Mac vs. PC religious wars were amusing, you've gotta love the philosophical split that's grown up the past several years around building mobile-device apps that provide access to software running on servers, including IBM i.

 

Essentially, the debate is about whether it's best to use HTML5 to build Web-friendly versions of server apps that are accessible by a wide variety of mobile devices, to build apps native to each mobile device even though it's more work for developers to tailor an app to each type, or to follow the Third Way crowd, which advocates building hybrid apps that offer features of both philosophies.

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00
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Product Review: New Features in Robot/NETWORK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chuck Losinski   
Friday, 23 May 2014 00:00

There's a new web interface in town, and it's up and running on Robot/NETWORK. View your IBM i performance stats and Robot product metrics in the palm of your hand. Take your GUI to go.

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The new web interface for Robot/NETWORK is a browser-based tool that uses the HelpSystems Web Server to help you access system performance data for your network of IBM i systems collected through Robot/NETWORK from any laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You can also work in the Robot/NETWORK Status Center to see and respond to messages and other events that have been escalated to the Robot/NETWORK host system.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:20
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Technology Focus: ERP and Supply Chain: A Distinction Without a Difference? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

ERP software traditionally covers a lot of corporate territory and is defined by many as including supply chain apps. How valid that distinction might be remains an open question.

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Consult just about any definition for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and you're likely to find extensive definitions that declare ERP apps are characterized by the ability to track all corporate functions in a single app. Whether you deal in products or services, ERP is supposed to cover corporate functions as diverse as tracking incoming materials and managing product-manufacturing steps through costing and financials, ultimately extending to customer relationship management and goods transportation. That's not to mention human resources, engineering and product lifecycle management, and even warehousing of finished goods. So when one speaks of ERP, how do we know we mean the same aspects of managing corporate activity?

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00
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Technology Focus: Utensils for Building "Delicious" Server Apps PDF Print E-mail
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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.

 

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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
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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.

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"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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Case Study: ASNA Monarch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thomas Stockwell   
Monday, 23 September 2013 00:00

Industrial Steel Treating (IST) discovers that updating an information infrastructure doesn't mean sacrificing value.

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As technology changes, a company's management often needs a way to refresh the information infrastructure without sacrificing the value of their applications. Industrial Steel Treating Company (IST) in Jackson, Michigan, found that the most productive path to modernizing IST's custom-built IBM i production application was to migrate it to Microsoft .NET. It chose ASNA Monarch to perform the application migration, and the results couldn't be better.

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Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 11:48
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Technology Focus: 100 Social Media Monitoring Tools, Part I PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

Although social media has become ubiquitous in the life of many technophiles, for many the whole idea of social media is simply, well, social. Sharing comments, photos, and personal news, for example, is considered by many the primary function of social media.

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Less well-understood is how enterprises can use social media as part of a marketing strategy for their company and brands. There are at least 100 software products, some of which are freeware, that either run in a browser or are available on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis. These tools can help your enterprise identify boosters of your product, as well as complaints or detractors, so that the originators of those comments can be contacted, supported, or refuted by members of your staff. They can also help your enterprise develop and manage new marketing strategies based on social media.

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00
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