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2015 Guide to Manufacturing SoftwareFor 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 itâ€™s been in years. To help manufacturers choose the right software in a rapidly changing industry landscape, this guide will explore four key technologies that are essential to any successful manufacturing operation:&nÂ &nÂ nterprise Resource Planning (ERP)&nÂ &nÂ nterprise Asset Management (EAM)&nÂ &nÂ onfigure Price Quote (CPQ)&nÂ &nÂ upply Chain Management (SCM) See Moreâ€¦
2016 IBM i Marketplace Survey ResultsNow in its second year, HelpSystems surveyed over 800 IBM i users from around the world to produce the IBM i Marketplace Survey Results. The expanded 2016 survey builds on last yearâ€™s results to provide even greater insight into the IBM i marketplace.From manufacturing and retail to finance and healthcare, IBM i professionals from around the world reported their plans and concerns for their IT environments, revealing how IBM i is being used and how it relates to their broader IT objectives.Download the survey results to see how over 800 of your peers on the platform address:&nÂ &nÂ odernization &a&obile applications&nÂ &nÂ ardware &a&perating systems&nÂ &nÂ T concerns &a&nitiatives&nÂ &nÂ ata growth, storage, &a&ecurity&nÂ &nÂ he future of IBM iâ€¦
2016 State of IBM i Modernization White PaperAfter surveying 400+ IBM i professionals, we discovered:Â -Â The state of IBM i modernization in today's businesses and their goals for the futureÂ -Â The effect legacy applications have on the businesses' internal and external processesÂ -Â The #1 concern upper managers have with the IBM i, and how to combat it ...and much much more! Download your copy of The 2016 State of IBM i Modernization today.â€¦
2016 State of IBM i Security StudyDrawing participants from healthcare, communication, transportation, finance, and many other industries, the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study analyzed 177 servers and partitions. Now in its 13th year, the study provides compelling insight into security weaknesses affecting many IBM i systems. Some of the most dangerous defects include:Â -Â Unmonitored network accessÂ -Â Lax system auditingÂ -Â Dangerous default security settings The alarming results show improperly configured servers where users are allowed to keep default passwords and traffic passes through exit points like FTP and SQL unmonitored.â€¦
3 Compelling Drivers for Implementing an HA Solution on an IBM i Cloud with MIMIX1. Affordable Cloud Solutions 2. Efficiencies of MIMIX 3. Rising Cost of Downtime This white paper is a collaborative effort between Connectria Hosting, a pioneer in the development of the IBM i Cloud, and Vision Solutions, the leader in High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions including MIMIXÂ®, the standard for complete, scalable HA/DR protection for the IBM i.It will provide a review of the core causes and costs of both planned and unplanned downtime and will then provide a detailed discussion of current options for IBM i High Availability and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud.Most importantly, as you read you will learn why true HA and DR protection are now within reach of even the smallest of businesses.â€¦
5 Ways to Control Access using Application AdministrationNever heard of Application Administration? Donâ€™t be surprised. Although itâ€™s full of function, itâ€™s one of little-known features of IBM i. Application Administration (or App Admin as itâ€™s commonly called) has been around for a while but the additional features provided in the latest releases as well as recent Technology Releases makes this a feature worth exploring again. Carol Woodbury, President of SkyView Partners, has written a white paper describing how you can use Application Administration (a feature of i Navigator) to control access to various client functions as well as functions available on the IBM i and network features such as ODBC and FTP access.â€¦
5 Winning Strategies to Combat Information OverloadTodayâ€™s businesses must be available 24/7 with fewer people having to manage more complex systems and processes. IT departments receive a constant bombardment of information from a diverse variety of operating systems, business applications, and critical processes and support a complex array of servers and devices running across their entire network. With tight resources and the need to keep costs in check, more and more is expected of IT operational staff to handle this information efficiently. They need to ensure a swift response with appropriate actions, that essential data is received at the right time, prove service levels are maintained, that contingency and high availability strategies are fully operational, and that vital busiâ€¦
8 Very Good Reasons to Use Your Power i For ShippingLearn how companies are reducing shipping costs by Centralizing all of their Shipping Systems and Transportation Management Systems (TMS) on One Platform with One Vendor. See how companies deployed an enterprise-wide, multi-carrier shipping solution to manage both their Parcel and Freight shipments directly from their IBM i, and seamlessly integrated it to their back end IBM i ERP and WMS. This Whitepaper examines eight reasons for centralizing standalone shipping solutions on the IBM i. In addition, you will see how a Modular TMS Solution integrated with ERP has driven significant efficiencies and cost reductions in companies shipping and transportation operation.â€¦
Automate IBM i Operations using Wireless DevicesDownload the technical whitepaper on MANAGING YOUR IBM i WIRELESSLY and (optionally) register to download an absolutely FREE software trail. This whitepaper provides an in-depth review of the native IBM i technology and ACO MONITOR's advanced two-way messaging features to remotely manage your IBM i while in or away from the office. Notify on-duty personnel of system events and remotely respond to complex problems (via your Smartphone) before they become critical-24/7. Problem solved!â€¦
DR Strategy Guide from Maxava: Brand New Edition - now fully updated to include Cloud!PRACTICAL TOOLS TO IMPLEMENT DISASTER RECOVERY IN YOUR IBM i ENVIRONMENT CLOUD VS. ON-PREMISE? - COMPREHENSIVE CHECKLISTS - RISK COST CALCULATIONS - BUSINESS CASE FRAMEWORK - DR SOLUTIONS OVERVIEW - RFP BUILDER Download your free copy of DR Strategy Guide for IBM i today. The DR Strategy Guide for IBM i is brought to you by Maxava â€“ innovative global leaders in High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions for IBM i.â€¦
IBM i Security: Event Logging & Active MonitoringA Step by Step GuideActive monitoring is one of the most critical and effective security controls that an organization can deploy. Unlike many Windows and Linux server deployments, the IBM i can host a complex mix of back-office applications, web applications, and open source applications and services - leaving millions of security events to actively monitor.This eBook discusses: - Real-time security event logging and monitoring - Security architecture and logging sources on the IBM i - Creating the IBM security audit journal QAUDJRN - Enabling IBM security events through system values - File integrity monitoring (FIM) - A step by step checklist begin collecting and monitoring IBM i security logsâ€¦
Mobile Computing and the IBM iMobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. Many IBM i shops today are realizing that integrating their IBM i with mobile applications is the fast path to improved business workflows, better customer relations, and more responsive business reporting. The ROI that mobile applications can produce for your business is substantial. This ASNA whitepaper takes a look at mobile computing for the IBM i. It discusses the different ways mobile applications may be used within the enterprise and how ASNA products solve the challenges mobile presents. It also presents the case that you already have the mobile programming team your projects need: that team is your existing RPG development team!â€¦
Overcoming Common IBM i Mobile Development ChallengesCreating mobile applications for IBM i on Power Systems doesn't have to be difficult! Mobile applications can take your business to new levels of engagement, customer support and competitiveness. By making your ERP, Sales, Line of Business, and other applications mobile, you empower your workforce to get more done - from anywhere, at any time.If your business runs on IBM i (formerly known as AS400 or iSeries) there's no need to worry. You can easily make your RPG applications available on any mobile device! Read this free white paper, and learn how you can overcome the most common challenges to mobile for IBM i shops, including: - How to go mobile with limited staff or budget - How to make any RPG developer a mobile superstar - Whether to câ€¦
PCI and What it means to IBM iWhile one may think that PCI is a thing of the past and that itâ€™s already been implemented, major breaches (most notably of the Target PoS systems) have brought it back into focus. Some retailers are just now understanding how PCI applies to them and other organizations have started to accept credit cards when they didnâ€™t in the past. To refresh everyoneâ€™s memory, hereâ€™s an overview of what PCI means to the IBM i community and what organizations that use an IBM i to store, process or access cardholder data need to be aware of.â€¦
Robot in Modern IBM i EnvironmentsAs hardware and software technologies evolve, so too does the complexity of the data center.IBM i often serves as the backbone for business-critical applications, including ERP packages, leaving other servers to run email, print serving, and the websiteâ€”but users and other computing technologies still draw data from the transactional database on IBM i. Robot systems management solutions have been helping customers manage IBM i operations for over 30 years. This white paper is intended primarily for IT management and attempts to explain, in plain English, the components of modern IBM i environments and how Robot can be deployed to maximize business objectives. See Moreâ€¦
Virus Got You Down?Does a virus have your server down? Perhaps itâ€™s the latest worm, Trojan horse, buffer overflow or denial of service attack thatâ€™s got you or one of your servers down. While one of these bugs may be affecting one or more of your servers in your enterprise, it is highly unlikely that the server affected is a Power server running IBM i. IBM i may be running your core business applications or it may be hosting your website or running Domino. Whatever its function within your enterprise IBM i has remained unaffected by virus and malware attacks. Why is that? Viruses and other ailments spread by infecting a host that is vulnerable. Letâ€™s take a look at how IBM i and the applications running on it can remain unscathed by the viruses and malwarâ€¦
When Management Turns its Back on Security: The Business EffectsIn this white paper we hope to explain why the decision to secure- or not secure â€“ data on the IBM i needs to be a business decision ... not a technical decision. Something is preventing management from understanding the need to secure the electronic data. So letâ€™s explore why we think this happens....â€¦
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Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Unfortunately, in the ordinary course of my working life in IT, I observe corruption on a routine basis. This corruption I encounterand rail againstisnt necessarily financial; it is the decay of competence, perspective, responsibility, and account-ability that sets in when IT managers and CEOs have been in power and unchallenged for far too long.
My experience gives me at least three complementary perspectives on this subject. First, I write from the perspective of an IBM employee who retired as a senior systems engineer after more than 21 years during the 1960s and 1970sthe glory years when IBM was the worlds most respected company. Back then IBM treasured its employees and made sure that IBM managers at all levels were competent and fair and had the interests and advancement of each employee as part of their own evaluations. IBM used a comprehensive and effective annual evaluation survey, with each employee rating all levels of IBM management, including corporate management.
IBM also required an annual formal interview of the employee with his manager, followed by a formal interview with his managers manager, in which direct questions about managers were asked and frank answers were expected. IBMs evaluation worked wonders and effectively bounced the one stinker manager I ever had at IBM.
Second, I write from the perspective of an active programming consultant and software developer, still designing and programming after 40 years in IT. I consider this the best job of pay-for-performance, where objectivity, competence, and measurable output determine daily success and where decay, obsolescence, sloth, and incompetence are immediately met with the swinging door. Refreshingly, a programming consultant most often interacts with IT personnel who are on the way up and still learning.
Third, I write from the perspective of marketing my own software to top IT management. It seems to me that some long-term IT managers, who must have been competent and objective IT professionals to become IT managers, have morphed into politicians and kings. They perceive themselves as master negotiators, and they seem to be frozen in time. They dispense jobs, perks, and the companys money without effective oversight, and they demand loyalty, obedience, and silence from everyone, without reasonable validation or consequence of their decisions.
To avoid the dangers, a long-term manager can do the following:
Actively pursue a move up to a more challenging job in IT or corporate management.
Annually, attend COMMON (www.common.org) or a similar technical conference to understand the current status and direction of your world of corporate computing. Annually, attend an industry conference relevent to your companys business.
Annually, attend one of your key enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), or customer relationship management (CRM) vendors conferences or a conference of a leading vendor with a promising software product.
Subscribe to and read several leading IT magazines and books relating to your installed hardware and software.
Annually, send every programmer to at least a one-week technical class or conference.
Stay current with installed ERP, SCM, or CRM vendor-supplied software, including updates and support.
Have an open-door policy, solicit and tolerate ideas and interaction with all of your employees, and have annual, meaningful, formal reviews with each employee.
Look outside your company for validation and guidance on all key technical IT projects.
This second opinion is really essential, enlightening, educational, productive; and it is actually cost-effective.
Request an outside competent formal review of your entire department and seriously evaluate and act on its conclusions.
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