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December 11, 2009 | Vol 6 Issue 47


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Feature Article - TechTip
TechTip: MySQL and PostgreSQL GUI Tools Make Life Easier

Simplify database administration tasks by using graphical administration tools for PostgreSQL and MySQL databases.

max_hetrickWritten by Max Hetrick

I'm not a database guru, so for me, getting into and working with the guts of databases isn't always easy. For the limited amount of time I have to work with databases, I like using GUI tools to help me complete my tasks. Also, when you use administration tools, there's often no need to worry about the various SQL command-line differences between databases—or at least not as much. Although diehard SQL administrators and DBAs will probably disagree with me, graphical database tools can and will make your experience with databases a little less complex and cumbersome.


Feature Article - Analysis
Will Business Analytics Deliver the Big Payoff That IBM Anticipates?

A new study reveals that successful companies are already using sophisticated business intelligence solutions to overcome both the economy and their competitors.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

IBM is getting into business analytics in a big way, and apparently so are its customers. It's no wonder really, given that companies that use analytics appear to make better decisions and are more likely to stay even with—or get a jump on—their competitors. Eventually, it could wind up that companies in competitive industries that don't use analytics may not survive.


Advertorial - Help/Systems
Partner TechTip: COBIT, SOX, PCI, HIPAA, and Your IBM i Backups

Automated backups help satisfy your auditor.

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

No one likes to be audited, whether it's for SOX, PCI, HIPAA, or some other regulation that you must comply with. When you back up your IBM i data, you need to produce supporting documents that show what you back up, who backed it up, and how you can restore it. The information is available, and you certainly can piece it together manually, but do you really want to do that every time you're audited?


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