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November 14, 2007  |  Volume 2, Issue 21

 

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Putting Business Intelligence at Your Fingertips, Part II
>> Weaving WebSphere: IT Starts with an "i"

Feature Article - Application Software
 
Putting Business Intelligence at Your Fingertips, Part II

Sophisticated DB2 for i5/OS features provide important benefits within the business intelligence environment.

In the first part of this two-part series, we covered business intelligence concepts, architecture, and methodology—ideas that embody data warehousing, data marts, querying, and reporting. In this part, we will review a number of sophisticated DB2 for i5/OS features that provide important benefits within the business intelligence environment.


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Feature Article - TechTip
 
Weaving WebSphere: IT Starts with an "i"

I have seen the future of the System i, and it's very bright—-and a little bit scary.

I speak every year at iSeries DevCon, and every year I try to get to the keynote address because I never know what I'm going to hear, but I know it will be interesting. This year in particular I'm glad I made it, because Mike Smith, IBM Distinguished Engineer and i5/OS Chief Architect, gave a presentation on what can only be called the future of IT in System i terms.

As I listened to him, it became clear to me that far from abandoning the System i, IBM has instead positioned it to become the central platform for IT in as wide a range of shops as you can imagine. I've also gleaned a few other things from reading and talking to people, and it's clear that the System i is probably the premiere platform to be on, especially in business applications. At the same time, it's just as clear that the System i is going to change and IBM's vision of its future is starting to really come into focus.


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