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January 24, 2011 | Volume 6 Issue 2


TOP STORY: Agile Programming: Building Applications Your Users Are Sure to Like
FEATURED ARTICLE: The Top 10 Job Scheduling Challenges and How to Solve Them
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Texas Project Leader Wins Apple iPad in MC Press Online Contest
WHITE PAPER: 10 Top Job Scheduling Challenges for your IBM i and How to Solve Them
FORUM: Oracle Discontinues MySQL Support on i
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Feature Article - Programming
Agile Programming: Building Applications Your Users Are Sure to Like

Discover Scrum and learn how to deliver build better, higher-quality applications.

marty_acksWritten by Marty Acks

Agile programming has gained significant momentum recently by changing the way in which organizations develop software. When I was first introduced to agile programming a few years ago by a colleague, I politely listened to his enthusiastic description, but it really did not resonate for me. The more I learned, the more fascinated I became. Now, our organization is in the process of moving to Scrum, which is a well-known agile programming methodology.


Feature Article - Programming
The Top 10 Job Scheduling Challenges and How to Solve Them

It's likely additional resources won't become available to oversee Power Systems operations, so "work smarter, not harder" may be the catchword of the day—in short, automation.

martin_normanWritten by Martin Norman

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "The Top Ten Job Scheduling Challenges and How to Solve Them" available free at the MC White Paper Center.


The last 10 years have been tough for organizations the world around. When it comes to a recession, everyone is forced to do more with less. But at the same time, companies still need to move forward at a frenetic pace—just to maintain a competitive advantage through the recession and beyond. It is this enhanced speed at which the business must operate that creates a new level of resource challenges to address, often with no time to waste. It's no wonder that "work smarter, not harder" has become the hallmark of modern business.


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