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January 17, 2011 | Volume 6 Issue 2

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: 2011 Highlights: Mobile Apps, PHP, and Cloud-Based Services
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: System i Security Apps Offer a Multitude of Protections
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: Training Newbies
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Study: Midsize Businesses Increasing IT Budgets
FORUM: Replacing Micro$oft Server with Linux 
BUYER'S GUIDE: WebSmart ILE and Barcode 400
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Feature Article - Analysis
 
2011 Highlights: Mobile Apps, PHP, and Cloud-Based Services

This year will see new technologies applied to the IBM i platform, requiring a redoubled commitment to training and personal development.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

Given all the negatives that the economic downturn in 2009 caused, it's not surprising that 2010 ended with some uncertainty, even as many businesses began to get their feet on the ground. The lingering malaise may have been unfairly projected onto the IBM i platform, but there is now a true spirit of optimism emerging in the IT industry as January propels us rapidly into the heart of 2011.


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Feature Article - Security
 
Technology Focus: System i Security Apps Offer a Multitude of Protections

As concerns about cyber security grow, even the reliable IBM i can use some protection help against myriad threats. Here are more than 50 products that can help you.

john_gristWritten by John Ghrist

The start of a new year is always a good time to review and refresh our longstanding outlooks on a variety of topics, and computer security is certainly a deserving one. IBM's Power Systems (called here the System i) have a solid reputation for reliability and security, but each passing year sees growth in threats to systems and data. That makes any time a good time for reviewing the System i market's spectrum of products that can help avoid security problems.


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Advertorial - Manta Technologies
 
Partner TechTip: Training Newbies

How do you transform that newbie into a competent professional?

bill_hansenWritten by Dr. William A. Hansen
A common challenge in our industry is putting together a training program that will meet the needs of a newly hired employee. In rare cases, the new person may have absolutely no experience in IT. More often, he or she has plenty of experience, but not with IBM i or Power Systems. IBM i operators and system administrators, for example, are often drawn from the ranks of Windows and Linux professionals. I've encountered many individuals like Pete, who told me this story:


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