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TechTip: Getting Your Feet Wet with Java

Java debuted in 1996—and while almost 20 years old, it's simply amazing how it continues to redefine itself and stay relevant. Still haven't tried it? No worries. Take a peek inside to see what Java can offer you!

Written by Joe Cropper

Java has been around for quite some time now, and several recent polls suggest that Java is the top programming language that job seekers should know. That said, whether "the top" is Java, C++, Python, etc., the point is that Java is as relevant now as ever, so it's definitely something worthy of a presence on your resume.

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Partner TechTip: How Mobile Data Access Improves Business Operations

Mobilize your data; diversify your business.

mike stegemanWritten by Mike Stegeman

Think about this: The number of mobile endpoints worldwide is greater than the global population. With over 7 billion endpoints in 2013, it seems nearly everyone in certain parts of the world now has a smartphone, a tablet, or both, and these devices aren't just for fun and games. Organizations have seen how new hardware categories are changing the business landscape, and they're putting devices to work in the drive to streamline processes, gain insight into operations, and ensure continuity.

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In the Wheelhouse: IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 8 Announced

On the cusp of the expected IBM i 7.2 announcement, IBM announces IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 8, which contains updates for hardware, DB2, the Integrated Application Server, and specifically IBM i HTTP Administration.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

While it's the last bullet point of the entire TR8 announcement, don't think that the Integrated Application Server on IBM i 7.1 now being based on the WebSphere Application Server 8.5 Liberty Profile is a less-important announcement than the others. Liberty is an ultra-lightweight and dynamic application server environment that allows applications to run with bare minimum support from the underlying Java architecture. In layman's terms, when a Liberty application runs, it loads only what it needs to do the job at hand and then loads anything else it needs on-demand.

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Technology Focus: IBM i BI in the Era of Big Data

 

Big Data is big buzz these days, but has this new IT fad really made it to the IBM i? Reports from business intelligence (BI) software vendors are trending toward "not so much."

 

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

 

To many, the idea that "if accurate data is good, large volumes of accurate data is better" is a self-confirming truism. At the very least, that sentiment is a driving factor behind Big Data's popularity as a concept. You need look no further than IBM's own Big Data page to see how its boosters view the idea.

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Security Patrol: Detecting a Breach

Carol discusses the actions to review that may indicate your system is under attack or has been breached.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

Last month, I discussed the unthinkablethat your IBM i system has been breached. This month, I want to discuss ways that you can look for signs of a breach or an attack, as well as the information you'll want to retain to aid the investigation should a breach occur. Both require that your system be configured properly prior to the breach. Let's take a look.

 

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POWER8: IBM Tackles Big Data Challenges with Open Server Innovation Model

New systems deliver data insights 50 times faster than latest x86-based systems.

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Announcing the Availability of Oracle Linux 7 Beta Release 1

Oracle Linux brings the latest Linux innovations to market, delivering extreme performance, advanced scalability, and reliability for enterprise applications and systems along with worldwide enterprise-class support.

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ASNA Presents the 15th ASNApalooza Developer Conference in San Antonio, Texas

The Palooza theme this year is RPG: Something for Everybody.

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IBM WebSphere Application Server Now Offers Continuous Delivery of New Features and Simplified Admin

IBM WebSphere Application Server extends the capabilities provided in V8.5.5 through significant enhancements to the Liberty profile.

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ODM V8.6 Delivers Enhanced Decision Management And Enriched Validation and Deployment Capabilities

IBM Operational Decision Manager (IBM ODM) V8.6 delivers new and enhanced capabilities plus additional deployment options within the Business Console:

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IBM Optional Features (AAS) Available on Selected x86 Flex System Compute Node Products

New features are now available for x86 Flex System Compute Nodes released in AAS.

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IBM System x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 Workload Optimized Solutions for SAP HANA

The new IBM System x3850 X6 and IBM System x3950 X6 Workload Optimized Solutions for SAP HANA server models incorporate the sixth generation of IBM enterprise X-Architecture (EXA) to help deliver better, more efficient business results.

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