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In the Wheelhouse: Apple, IBM, and a Missed Opportunity

Today, I'm talking about the deal between Apple and IBM and how it could affect BlackBerry. Sadly, my take on it isn't all roses.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

This week, IBM and Apple teamed up to provide mobile solutions for the enterprise market.

 

As per the agreement:

 

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change—grounded in four core capabilities:

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Technology Focus: Should You Do HA/DR in the Cloud or In-House?

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

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

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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Security Patrol: V7R2 Security Enhancements, Part 2: Implementing Row and Column Access Controls

Carol provides the second part of a two-part article on the security enhancements introduced in V7R2.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

Last month, I covered the auditing, password composition rule, and other miscellaneous enhancements provided in V7R2. This month, the focus is on the security enhancements associated with DB2, specifically Row and Column Access Control (RCAC).  

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TechTip: Biting the Bullet: Options for DB2 for i Automated Testing

This tip brainstorms a few approaches for automatically testing various aspects of DB2 for i code.

Written by Michael Sansoterra

In the first tip, I showed various ways to test DB2 functions, procedure results, and triggers for logic accuracy and security. However, the tip never covered how these tests, once written, are to be processed. In particular, questions such as these need further discussion:

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What Modernization Really, Truly Is (Or Should Be)

We conclude our exciting homily to modernization, the Black Stone Cherry of the IT world, with a thrilling chapter on the final component of the modernization triangle.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

First a quick review. We opened this discussion two months ago by talking about how closely the word modernization is linked with the idea of replacing green-screens with GUI and making more extensive use of SQL. But I think it's questionable whether merely changing your tools or your presentation can, by itself, really be considered modernization. Isn't real modernization about making the application stronger and smarter rather than just building it with different tools?

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INDUSTRY NEWS >>

DRV Technologies Releases 6.0 of the DRV FlexTool Solutions Suite

DRV Technologies, Inc., the developer of FlexTools report management, electronic forms and MICR laser checks software, report writer / query tool, and system monitoring for the IBM i, iSeries, and AS/400, has announced the release of FlexTools V6.0 which is the DRV suite of solutions including SpoolFlex, FormFlex, Secure Checks, DBXFlex and MessageFlex.

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Townsend Security Brings Two Factor Authentication to Leading IBM i Security Solutions

With mobile-based two factor authentication, Townsend Security offers customers an additional control to protect core security solutions from un-authorized access due to compromised credentials.

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RPG Can Now Directly Access Mobile Device Functionality Using LANSA's aXes Mobile App

Making all smartphone and tablet functions, such as camera, video, voice and barcoding, available to your existing 5250 applications will take your IBM i modernization efforts to the next level.

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HelpSystems Announces File Event Monitoring for Libraries, Directories, IFS

New features in Robot/SCHEDULE version 12 enhance job schedule flexibility and control with event-based dependencies and improved reporting.

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Magic Software Launches New Enterprise Mobility Release

Magic xpa Application Platform 2.5 improves user experience functionalities. Magic Mobile Accelerator Framework provides reusable components.

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IBM Power Systems Enhancements to I/O and Software

Configuration flexibility and virtualization options are enhanced.

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