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2015 Guide to Manufacturing SoftwareFor all manufacturing industries, growth remains top of mind. Post-recession cautiousness has given way to confidence and more ambitious business goals. From automotive to fashion, more manufacturing leaders are ready to take bigger risks in the hopes of bigger payoffs, and optimism is the highest itâ€™s been in years. To help manufacturers choose the right software in a rapidly changing industry landscape, this guide will explore four key technologies that are essential to any successful manufacturing operation:&nÂ &nÂ nterprise Resource Planning (ERP)&nÂ &nÂ nterprise Asset Management (EAM)&nÂ &nÂ onfigure Price Quote (CPQ)&nÂ &nÂ upply Chain Management (SCM) See Moreâ€¦
2016 IBM i Marketplace Survey ResultsNow in its second year, HelpSystems surveyed over 800 IBM i users from around the world to produce the IBM i Marketplace Survey Results. The expanded 2016 survey builds on last yearâ€™s results to provide even greater insight into the IBM i marketplace.From manufacturing and retail to finance and healthcare, IBM i professionals from around the world reported their plans and concerns for their IT environments, revealing how IBM i is being used and how it relates to their broader IT objectives.Download the survey results to see how over 800 of your peers on the platform address:&nÂ &nÂ odernization &a&obile applications&nÂ &nÂ ardware &a&perating systems&nÂ &nÂ T concerns &a&nitiatives&nÂ &nÂ ata growth, storage, &a&ecurity&nÂ &nÂ he future of IBM iâ€¦
2016 State of IBM i Modernization White PaperAfter surveying 400+ IBM i professionals, we discovered:Â -Â The state of IBM i modernization in today's businesses and their goals for the futureÂ -Â The effect legacy applications have on the businesses' internal and external processesÂ -Â The #1 concern upper managers have with the IBM i, and how to combat it ...and much much more! Download your copy of The 2016 State of IBM i Modernization today.â€¦
2016 State of IBM i Security StudyDrawing participants from healthcare, communication, transportation, finance, and many other industries, the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study analyzed 177 servers and partitions. Now in its 13th year, the study provides compelling insight into security weaknesses affecting many IBM i systems. Some of the most dangerous defects include:Â -Â Unmonitored network accessÂ -Â Lax system auditingÂ -Â Dangerous default security settings The alarming results show improperly configured servers where users are allowed to keep default passwords and traffic passes through exit points like FTP and SQL unmonitored.â€¦
3 Compelling Drivers for Implementing an HA Solution on an IBM i Cloud with MIMIX1. Affordable Cloud Solutions 2. Efficiencies of MIMIX 3. Rising Cost of Downtime This white paper is a collaborative effort between Connectria Hosting, a pioneer in the development of the IBM i Cloud, and Vision Solutions, the leader in High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions including MIMIXÂ®, the standard for complete, scalable HA/DR protection for the IBM i.It will provide a review of the core causes and costs of both planned and unplanned downtime and will then provide a detailed discussion of current options for IBM i High Availability and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud.Most importantly, as you read you will learn why true HA and DR protection are now within reach of even the smallest of businesses.â€¦
5 Ways to Control Access using Application AdministrationNever heard of Application Administration? Donâ€™t be surprised. Although itâ€™s full of function, itâ€™s one of little-known features of IBM i. Application Administration (or App Admin as itâ€™s commonly called) has been around for a while but the additional features provided in the latest releases as well as recent Technology Releases makes this a feature worth exploring again. Carol Woodbury, President of SkyView Partners, has written a white paper describing how you can use Application Administration (a feature of i Navigator) to control access to various client functions as well as functions available on the IBM i and network features such as ODBC and FTP access.â€¦
5 Winning Strategies to Combat Information OverloadTodayâ€™s businesses must be available 24/7 with fewer people having to manage more complex systems and processes. 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 busiâ€¦
8 Very Good Reasons to Use Your Power i For ShippingLearn how companies are reducing shipping costs by Centralizing all of their Shipping Systems and Transportation Management Systems (TMS) on One Platform with One Vendor. See how companies deployed an enterprise-wide, multi-carrier shipping solution to manage both their Parcel and Freight shipments directly from their IBM i, and seamlessly integrated it to their back end IBM i ERP and WMS. This Whitepaper examines eight reasons for centralizing standalone shipping solutions on the IBM i. In addition, you will see how a Modular TMS Solution integrated with ERP has driven significant efficiencies and cost reductions in companies shipping and transportation operation.â€¦
Automate IBM i Operations using Wireless DevicesDownload the technical whitepaper on MANAGING YOUR IBM i WIRELESSLY and (optionally) register to download an absolutely FREE software trail. This whitepaper provides an in-depth review of the native IBM i technology and ACO MONITOR's advanced two-way messaging features to remotely manage your IBM i while in or away from the office. Notify on-duty personnel of system events and remotely respond to complex problems (via your Smartphone) before they become critical-24/7. Problem solved!â€¦
DR Strategy Guide from Maxava: Brand New Edition - now fully updated to include Cloud!PRACTICAL TOOLS TO IMPLEMENT DISASTER RECOVERY IN YOUR IBM i ENVIRONMENT CLOUD VS. ON-PREMISE? - COMPREHENSIVE CHECKLISTS - RISK COST CALCULATIONS - BUSINESS CASE FRAMEWORK - DR SOLUTIONS OVERVIEW - RFP BUILDER Download your free copy of DR Strategy Guide for IBM i today. The DR Strategy Guide for IBM i is brought to you by Maxava â€“ innovative global leaders in High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions for IBM i.â€¦
IBM i Security: Event Logging & Active MonitoringA Step by Step GuideActive monitoring is one of the most critical and effective security controls that an organization can deploy. Unlike many Windows and Linux server deployments, the IBM i can host a complex mix of back-office applications, web applications, and open source applications and services - leaving millions of security events to actively monitor.This eBook discusses: - Real-time security event logging and monitoring - Security architecture and logging sources on the IBM i - Creating the IBM security audit journal QAUDJRN - Enabling IBM security events through system values - File integrity monitoring (FIM) - A step by step checklist begin collecting and monitoring IBM i security logsâ€¦
Mobile Computing and the IBM iMobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. Many IBM i shops today are realizing that integrating their IBM i with mobile applications is the fast path to improved business workflows, better customer relations, and more responsive business reporting. The ROI that mobile applications can produce for your business is substantial. This ASNA whitepaper takes a look at mobile computing for the IBM i. It discusses the different ways mobile applications may be used within the enterprise and how ASNA products solve the challenges mobile presents. It also presents the case that you already have the mobile programming team your projects need: that team is your existing RPG development team!â€¦
Overcoming Common IBM i Mobile Development ChallengesCreating mobile applications for IBM i on Power Systems doesn't have to be difficult! Mobile applications can take your business to new levels of engagement, customer support and competitiveness. By making your ERP, Sales, Line of Business, and other applications mobile, you empower your workforce to get more done - from anywhere, at any time.If your business runs on IBM i (formerly known as AS400 or iSeries) there's no need to worry. You can easily make your RPG applications available on any mobile device! Read this free white paper, and learn how you can overcome the most common challenges to mobile for IBM i shops, including: - How to go mobile with limited staff or budget - How to make any RPG developer a mobile superstar - Whether to câ€¦
PCI and What it means to IBM iWhile one may think that PCI is a thing of the past and that itâ€™s already been implemented, major breaches (most notably of the Target PoS systems) have brought it back into focus. Some retailers are just now understanding how PCI applies to them and other organizations have started to accept credit cards when they didnâ€™t in the past. To refresh everyoneâ€™s memory, hereâ€™s an overview of what PCI means to the IBM i community and what organizations that use an IBM i to store, process or access cardholder data need to be aware of.â€¦
Robot in Modern IBM i EnvironmentsAs hardware and software technologies evolve, so too does the complexity of the data center.IBM i often serves as the backbone for business-critical applications, including ERP packages, leaving other servers to run email, print serving, and the websiteâ€”but users and other computing technologies still draw data from the transactional database on IBM i. Robot systems management solutions have been helping customers manage IBM i operations for over 30 years. This white paper is intended primarily for IT management and attempts to explain, in plain English, the components of modern IBM i environments and how Robot can be deployed to maximize business objectives. See Moreâ€¦
Virus Got You Down?Does a virus have your server down? Perhaps itâ€™s the latest worm, Trojan horse, buffer overflow or denial of service attack thatâ€™s got you or one of your servers down. While one of these bugs may be affecting one or more of your servers in your enterprise, it is highly unlikely that the server affected is a Power server running IBM i. IBM i may be running your core business applications or it may be hosting your website or running Domino. Whatever its function within your enterprise IBM i has remained unaffected by virus and malware attacks. Why is that? Viruses and other ailments spread by infecting a host that is vulnerable. Letâ€™s take a look at how IBM i and the applications running on it can remain unscathed by the viruses and malwarâ€¦
When Management Turns its Back on Security: The Business EffectsIn this white paper we hope to explain why the decision to secure- or not secure â€“ data on the IBM i needs to be a business decision ... not a technical decision. Something is preventing management from understanding the need to secure the electronic data. So letâ€™s explore why we think this happens....â€¦
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Whether you're an SMB or an ISV, IBM Smart Business can make application purchases and deployment easier, allowing you to focus on your company's business.
In November, IBM announced the availability of IBM Smart Business, a radically simple way for SMBs to acquire, use, and manage technology. This new methodology provides great benefit for both the SMBs that use the software as well as the ISVs that develop the software.
IBM Smart Business offers a Web-based marketplace that allows SMBs to acquire new business applications. It then delivers those pre-integrated ISV solutions with all the required fundamental technology so that implementation is seamless.
Best of all, there's a single point of contact for service and support: IBM.
Small Business Owner: What's In It for You?
IBM Smart Business provides a platform that makes it easy for you to buy, install, and run new applications in such areas as security, e-commerce, email, and telephony so that you can focus on leveraging technology for growth instead of managing IT. It addresses the primary concerns of the SMB, which include how to easily locate the right business solutions at the right cost and how to implement those solutions quickly and seamlessly. IBM Smart Business is about the power of true integration and automation, which lowers the initial investment of both money and time and enables you to realize even greater savings over the long run.
Setting up the IBM Smart Business system is streamlined by the IBM Smart Desk. This PC application contains all you need to set up your system and install new applications. You start with the IBM Smart Business Setup Wizard, which guides you through setting up IBM Smart Cube (a system for running applications) in your network. After just a few clicks, it's on to applications. The IBM Smart Business Application Installer automatically detects the applications on Smart Cube and quickly guides you through installing them. Once you've completed these short wizards, Smart Cube is ready.
Working with Smart Cube is made easy by a Web-based administration interface called the IBM Smart Business Administrator Panel. From here, you can manage your system's users and applications, monitor the system for messages, and configure the system's settings. Adding and managing users for applications is handled in a single wizard on the Administrator Panel. These users are then given access to a simple application download site. One quick download and a simple wizard, and the users are off and running.
All messages for Smart Cube come to the IBM Smart Business Message Center on the Administrator Panel. From here, you can see if there are any problems, fixes, or upgrades needed and then easily manage them to keep your system running properly. To get a fix, click on the fix notification message, and it will automatically be downloaded. Then click to install.
Other settings, such as network, printer, and workstation, are also managed from the Administrator Panel. There is no need to worry about making system changes and unexpectedly impacting critical applications; it's all handled for you.
And yes, Smart Cube is secured with a firewall, out of the box.
If a problem should arise, IBM Smart Business offers a single point of contact for support. One call gets you the answers or service you need so you can stay focused on managing your business. The IBM Smart Support Team is available to assist with problems and questions on solution components, including hardware and software. The Support Team is skilled on the unique characteristics and components of each solution and provides a "single point of entry" into the larger IBM technical support structure, as well as into software vendors' support teams. If you want to contact an expert for a particular application, IBM offers a "fast path" option to quickly engage the vendor's support team. From the IBM Smart Support Portal, you can find answers to common problems, download product documentation, get information about applications, and engage IBM for solution support. All applications or business solutions on IBM Smart Market, including those from non-IBM vendors, include support.
Online communities allow you to collaborate with other IBM Smart Business users who are within the same industry or utilize a common application. The collaboration facilities are available to ensure comprehensive business value, help reduce costs and technical complexity, increase productivity, and provide support--all with a single click on Smart Market.
The IBM Smart Business solution delivers built-in backup capabilities right out of the box. No configuration is required to enable completely automated system backups, which occur nightly at a scheduled time unless you change the default setting or manually start a backup. As part of the integrated IBM Smart Business System Backup Recovery capabilities, your data is saved to removable media, which can be easily rotated and stored offsite.
On the initial save, all system data is backed up. Then, during subsequent backups, a copy of all the new or changed files is saved to the backup drive. A key feature that reduces down time for applications during saves is to take snapshot checkpoints of applications. The System Backup Recovery service stops applications (except Lotus Domino) in preparation for running the backup. Once the snapshot is taken, the stopped applications are restarted. You can utilize the simple interface via the Administrator Panel to view and manage (stop, start, restart) the System Backup Recovery service.
In the IBM Smart Business customer environment, there could be instances (disk failures, data corruption, accidental damage to files, etc.) when data will need to be recovered. If you ever need to recover data, you can use the backup media. Depending on the backup strategy implemented, the data may be recovered from either the backup image created by the scheduled backups or the remote backup images provided by the optional Business Continuity and Recovery Services (BCRS) solution. The procedure is simple: power down the system, insert a CD, and then power up. Your mind can be at ease; your business data is being protected.
Whether it's setup, administration, backup, support, or security, IBM Smart Business focuses on making IT simple and automatic so you can focus on your business, not your IT.
Independent Software Vendor: What's In It for You?
IBM Smart Business addresses the primary concerns of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), which include how to get your solution to market quicker and how to make your solution easier to deploy and manage.
Currently, gaining market recognition for your product takes a lot of time, effort, and money. When you sell your product via IBM Smart Business, IBM provides a single marketing mechanism through an online marketplace called Smart Market. It lists all available products that a customer can purchase, so you're leveraging IBM's resources to market your products. Smart Market allows you to reach a broader customer base so that your marketing dollars are used to their full potential.
Smart Market allows SMBs to buy applications that they need to run their business. Once a product is listed on the marketplace, customers can browse through the products and then purchase the offering of their choice. They also can provide reviews and rate your product. Reviews and ratings are mechanisms by which other customers can search for applications.
IBM Smart Business' Application Integrator ensures quick, consistent deployment of your application to your customer's system. First, it reduces deployment time and cost for you and your customer, therefore increasing the value of your application before the customer even starts using it. Once a new application is purchased, the customer is notified that the application is ready for download to their Smart Cube. Once the application is downloaded, the customer simply launches the Application Installer to install your application. Taking advantage of the features in the IBM Smart Business Developers' Kit, the Application Installer will then set intelligent defaults and hide unnecessary complexity from the customer.
Beyond the initial experience, Administrator Panel provides a common management interface for your applications. This simplifies system management for your customer and also allows you to ensure that the management of your application is done the way you like it. For example, if your customer moves their system to a new network, they can simply change the networking configuration from the Administrator Panel. Then, IBM Smart Business will ensure that the appropriate changes are automatically made for the customer.
When your customers use the IBM Smart Business platform, you benefit from a support standpoint of knowing exactly which operating system (OS) they're on, the current level of fixes they have installed, and the hardware on which the OS is running. So when customers contact you to report a problem, you don't need to spend time gathering specifics on the OS or the hardware.
The IBM Smart Business Administrator Panel provides your support staff with an easy mechanism for managing and monitoring applications. From here, you have the ability to view the status of your installed ISV application. Depending on the status, the customer can then take action on that application, such as start, stop, and restart.
Leveraging integrated problem determination in your application helps your support staff. From the Administrator Panel, the customer can collect log files that can then be sent to your support staff to debug the problem. Also, adding problem monitoring allows you to monitor the application log files programmatically for patterns. Once the Smart Cube detects a monitored pattern, the customer is notified in the Message Center and presented with information about corrective actions that they can perform to fix the problem. If you provide corrective actions for your customers' most common problems, your support time and calls can be significantly decreased.
With IBM Smart Business, you can focus on customizing applications and creating higher-value services instead of on installing, configuring, and debugging customer systems.
Tour of IBM Smart Business Components
•· Smart Market is an online marketplace for customers and ISVs. (Click images to enlarge.)
•· Developers' Kit is a tool for packaging ISV applications for deployment on IBM Smart Business. All ISV applications must be packaged with the Developers' Kit in order to deploy them on a Smart Cube.
•· Smart Cube is a system for running applications purchased on Smart Market. It's configured with the Setup Wizard. Its software stack includes several IBM applications and middleware products.
•· Administrator Panel is the IBM Smart Business system administration console. This Web interface manages the Smart Cube.
•· Application Installer is a wizard for installing applications on a Smart Cube. Application Installer installs ISV applications that are packaged with the Developers' Kit.
•· Smart Desk is the Setup Wizard and the IBM Smart Business Network Wizard.
What's in It for You
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