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IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) Adds More Features

The new ACS update has a few major updates. System i Access is dead and buried. What are you waiting for?

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

As part of the announcements for IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 11 and IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 3, IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) has been enhanced with some new and exciting features. ACS is the lightweight Java-based successor to System i Access products.


I sat down with Tim Rowe, the Business Architect for Application Development and Systems Management for IBM i, last week for a quick discussion about the new features.

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5 Winning Strategies to Combat Information Overload

Fact: Today's businesses must be available 24/7 with fewer people having to manage more complex systems and processes.


Written by Halcyon, a HelpSystems Company


Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "5 Winning Strategies to Combat Information Overload" available free at the MC White Paper Center.


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 business activities run smoothly and without disruption.

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Systems Management Is a Breeze with IBM Navigator for i

Next time you train someone in IBM i administration, you should try Navigator for i as the default interface.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Not too long ago, IBM effectively stabilized the IBM i Access for Windows product. The rationale was to focus development efforts on one product that would satisfy everyone, rather than have to maintain different flavors for different operating systems. The new IBM Access Client Solutions is the modern answer to the most-often-used user functions of Access for Windowsnamely, 5250 emulator, printer emulation sessions, and data transfer to and from an IBM i partition. Its Java architecture means it will run on just about anything that allows Java. I'm actually logged into a 5250 interface from my laptop, which runs Linux Mint. The "write once, run anywhere" (WORA) mentality makes sense. I don't know about you, but I'd rather have IBM spending development dollars as effectively as they can on IBM i rather than spending it on maintaining different versions of client software.


The same rationale has been used in reimagining the IBM i systems management interface, IBM Navigator for i.

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Partner TechTip: Five Factors Influencing Application Management

Don't let the amount of information that ERP and HA applications generate negatively impact your reaction times. Know the areas you need to proactively control.

ashley giddingsWritten by Ash Giddings

When it comes to managing ERP and HA applications, you need a proactive plan in place to ensure that your business applications are available when expected, that routine tasks have completed as scheduled, and most importantly, that any exceptions have been captured and are being handled by the appropriate resource before they impact the business.

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3 Essential Steps to Successful Performance Management

Adopt a modern approach, add to your skill set, and meet the service-level agreements of your organization.

Written by Halcyon Software

Editor's Note: This article is an introduction to the white paper "3 Essential Steps to Successful Performance Management," which is available free from the MC White Paper Center.


The art of performance management is often made to look cumbersome and complex, but does it have to be?


This white paper by Ash Giddings, IT industry expert, discusses the art of performance management today. He reflects on the IT industry of the 1980s, recognizing how different it is today, or is it?

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Checklists for Checklists on Checklists: Why Not Automate?

Today, we need automation more than ever before.

Sponsored by Halcyon Software

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "Checklists for Checklists on Checklists" available for download free from the MC White Paper Center.


The goal of computers taking care of themselves has been with us since commercial systems became available. Today, new needs are driving a continuing push to automation.


This is an old topic given new impetus in the always-changing world of IT. Applications become integrated; organizations become interconnected; and clients, customers, partners, and employees want to be online 24 hours a day and have little tolerance for downtime or delays.

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Case Study: Robot Automation Solutions

Built-in schedulers are temperamental. It's a pain scheduling extracts from third-party applications. Digging through job logs to get information for audits is a chore. Does this sound familiar?

chuck losinskiWritten by Chuck Losinski

Our friends at Heartland Financial, a multi-bank holding company based out of Dubuque, Iowa, found fun ways to use Robot products to solve their operations frustrations. Here are their top five.


Charles Bertsch and Paul Duval are part of the operations team at Heartland Financial. They were excited to share how Robot job scheduling and monitoring software helped them manage their processes across platforms from their iSeries. With a goal of doubling in size every five to seven years, the processing window was a concern. They needed tools that could grow with their business and came up with some creative solutions using Robot.

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Easily Manage Your System with IBM Navigator for i

In the spirit of modernization, I'm going to show you how you can manage your system with IBM Navigator for i.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Hey, have you seen the new search features in WRKACTJOB? What about the slick new way to add multiple virtual Ethernet devices to the same VLAN ID inside STRSST's Virtual Partition Manager? Or the new performance management graphs inside GO PERFORM?

Nah, they're not there.

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