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April 12, 2010 | Volume 5 Issue 7


TOP STORY: With 6.1, PDF Capability Is "Pretty Darn Fast"!

FEATURED ARTICLE: BI and the IBM i: Finding Your Own Way

NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Announces Smart Analytics and Transactional Systems

WHITE PAPER: Business Intelligence on the IBM i: Finding Your Way

FORUM: Help! Electronic Service Agent Messages

BLOGS: Carol Woodbury's blog: I don't get it...

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With 6.1, PDF Capability Is "Pretty Darn Fast"!

Amid as much highly publicized fanfare as a Tax Accountant of the Year convention, IBM quietly slips us the ability to natively generate PDF files on i.

steven_pitcherWritten by Steven C. Pitcher

You don't need a third-party tool, custom coding, or even InfoPrint Server. It's as simple as loading a few licensed programs and then adjusting a couple of parameters on pre-existing IBM print commands.


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BI and the IBM i: Finding Your Own Way

With all the BI solutions in the marketplace, finding the right one for your company can be very challenging.

bill_langstonWritten by Bill Langston

Editor's Note: This article introduces the Webcast "Migrating from IBM Query/400?" and the white paper "Business Intelligence on the IBM i: Finding Your Way" available free from the MC Press Webcast Center and the MC Press White Paper Center, respectively.


Analytics and business intelligence (BI) are center stage in IBM's software and consulting strategy. Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive of the IBM Software Group, recently said IBM views the broad analytics marketplace as a multi-billion-dollar business opportunity, and he has positioned IBM on the analytics fast track with a stream of announcements and acquisitions in recent years. Ironically, considering the topic, the frequency and variety of IBM's announcements have created a serious case of information overload for many customers who don't have time to follow these moves and analyze what they might mean to their business.


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Welcome to Carol Woodbury's blog

Posted 04-10-2010 at 07:12 PM by C.Woodbury

I don't get it
Bang, Bang, Bang. No, that's not an opening scene of a gangster movie. It's my head banging against the wall in frustration. Over what, you ask? The fact that, even though an organization clearly falls under some law or regulation (as in they store credit cards or retain healthcare information), some people in selected organizations don't think the laws and regulations apply to them. They're in total denial that they have compliance requirements that need to be addressed. How can this be? The PCI DSS, in particular, is pretty clear. If you store credit card data, you have compliance requirements. But rather than assigning the appropriate resources to get the issues addressed, this segment of the organization spends countless hours justifying why they don't have to comply Meanwhile, the rest of the organization goes about addressing the issues for which they're responsible. Why put so much energy into avoiding the work when it would be easier and take less time to address and resolve the issues? Can anyone help me understand this? My headache is rapidly turning into a migrane - bang, bang, bang....