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June 13, 2011 | Volume 6 Issue 11


TOP STORY: Cloudify Your Applications by Creating a Software Virtual Appliance
FEATURED ARTICLE: What Authorities Do Programmers Really Need?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Help/Systems Acquires DataThread from Innovatum
WHITE PAPER: What Authorities Do Programmers Really Need?
FORUM: QNTC Linked Directory Disappears After IPL

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Feature Article - System Administration
Cloudify Your Applications by Creating a Software Virtual Appliance

Package your existing applications for automatic deployment into clouds.

jarek_miszczykWritten by Jarek Miszczyk

The vast majority of IT professionals today understand that cloud computing constitutes a fundamental paradigm shift in how the software solutions are marketed, distributed, and deployed. I contend that there are two fundamental features of cloud computing that will guarantee its success in the marketplace: self-service and automation.


Feature Article - Security
What Authorities Do Programmers Really Need?

It may take a bit of investigation to determine exactly what authorities programmers require, but they rarely need all-encompassing special authorities.

carol_woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

Editor's Note: This article is an extract of the white paper "What Authorities Do Programmers Really Need?" available free from the  MC White Paper Center.


Laws and regulations require that users be given only enough authority to do the tasks associated with their jobs. In addition, auditors require IT departments to reduce the number of "powerful" users on the system. As a result, the programming staff comes under scrutiny. Why? Because they have often been given lots of power in the past. In i5/OS terms, that means programmers have been given the *ALLOBJ special authority. The question I am often asked is, "What authorities do programmers need to do their jobs?" Unfortunately, the answer is, "That depends." This article looks at how you can determine the answer to this question for your environment and also explains what authorities programmers do not need.


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