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In the Wheelhouse: Why You Need to Be at COMMON

The value of the premier Power Systems user group is not to be missed.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

By the time you read this, there will be less than one week before the COMMON User Group Annual Meeting and Exposition starts in Anaheim, California. Ideally, you are already registered, have your hotel and flight booked, and are making short-term arrangements with the office to ensure things go as smoothly as they can whilst you're away. If you're like me, you've been half-heartedly plotting secretly with yourself to buy a cheap car in California to drive down to Mexico and rent jet skis for a living, never to return to the snowy Northeast. I may even send for the wife and kids.

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Technology Focus: Apps for Modernizing the IT Help Desk

There are software solutions for providing help desk services that are more economical than building a custom application.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

While it can be a major challenge to provide help-desk services, there's rarely much discussion of software applications that can manage that function, commonly referred to as IT service management, or ITSM. Part of the problem is that regardless of whether one is speaking of helping users of internal IT services, customers of various software applications, or clients of full-blown cloud-services, there's always a strong element of the "our requirements are unique, and no off-the-shelf product can do everything we need" syndrome.

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True or False: A Pop Quiz on IBM i Security Facts

It's Friday, and Carol remembers how much everyone loves a surprise test right before the weekend.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

I don't know about you, but I've always hated taking tests. Hopefully, you will enjoy this True/False quiz on IBM i security facts and even learn a few things.

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TechTip: The Many Dimensions of SQL DEFAULT Values

Learn how using DEFAULTs in DB2 for i SQL can improve code management.

Written by Michael Sansoterra

With respect to computer systems, Dictionary.reference.com defines a "default" as:

value that a program or operating system assumes, or a course of action that a program or operating system will take, when the user or programmer specifies no overriding value or action.

 

Defaults are useful because they represent a common, standard value or processing action to take unless an alternative value or action is needed. Using defaults in DB2 for i can simplify development because developers can insert common, valid data, into table columns without necessarily having to concern themselves with "what value" is required.

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ILE Is for CL Too

Over the past 20 years, ILE for RPG has gone from being something new and startling to being almost legacy. Lots of us are now using RPG ILE concepts on a regular basis. But what about CL? Can it be ILE too?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey  

Everyone knows about ILE for RPG.

 

Or at least everyone knows how to spell it, and a lot of people have adopted ILE practices as part of their regular routine. But I don't think the same can be said for CL. While most of us are now doing our programs in QRPGLESRC versus QRPGSRC, how many of those same people are still using QCLSRC for their Command Language source? My guess is quite a few.

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The API Corner: What Was the Change in This Record?

Let's discuss some things you should know about flexibly tracking field values.

bruce viningWritten by Bruce Vining

Last month, in So Just What Changed in This Record?, we saw how a program could identify by name each field that was changed by an update operation on a record. We accomplished this using the database trigger support of the IBM i along with the List Record Formats (QUSLRCD) and List Fields (QUSLFLD) APIs. This month, we'll extend that program to display not only the names of the fields changed, but also the original and new values of the field.

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INDUSTRY NEWS >>

New Mobile Application Instantly Connects COMMON Conference Attendees to Event Content

A new mobile application that gives instant access to conference information will be available to the attendees of this year’s COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition.

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Zend and Microsoft Azure Announce Strategic Partnership

Today we are excited to announce a strategic partnership with Microsoft Azure that aims to transform developers' productivity of PHP-based applications in the cloud.

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IBM Operational Decision Manager V8.7.1

IBM Operational Decision Manager V8.7.1 delivers new capabilities that further enhance the business user experience, simplify platform operations, and enhance performance.

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Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery V7.1.2

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery V7.1.2 delivers advanced hardware snapshot backup and restore capabilities.

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Security AppScan V9.0.2 and MobileFirst Platform Application Scanning V9.0.2

IBM Security AppScan V9.0.2 and IBM MobileFirst Platform Application Scanning V9.0.2 continue to deliver enterprise application security testing and risk management

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New Fiber Cables for IBM Tape Libraries and Drives

New fiber cable options are available for IBM Tape libraries and Tape drives to deliver more connectivity options:

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IBM i Expert Tom Huntington to Speak at JDE COLLABORATE

Vice President of Technical Services and 26-year veteran of HelpSystems presents at the JD Edwards COLLABORATE15 conference in Las Vegas.

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Meet Maxava at COMMON 2015!

Coming to COMMON? Meet us at Booth #515

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IBM PureData System for Operational Analytics (A1801)

IBM PureData System for Operational Analytics (A1801) features tiered storage with IBM FlashSystem memory for improved performance and capacity.

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