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February 10, 2016 | Volume 5 Issue 2


LEAD ARTICLE: Go Mobile with IBM i Access for Web
FEATURED ARTICLE: TechTip: IBM i Access for Web, Part I: Configure It in 30 Minutes or Less
FEATURED ARTICLE: TechTip: IBM i Access for Web Part II: Getting Productive Without All the Green Stuff
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Watson Analytics for Social Media: New Pricing Options for Organizations with Multiple Users
WHITE PAPER: DR Strategy Guide from Maxava: Brand New Edition - now fully updated to include Cloud!
EVENT: See What's New In Profound UI 5.3

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Go Mobile with IBM i Access for Web

IBM i Access for Web is the newest weapon in the IBM i admin's mobile arsenal.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

I've been a fan of IBM i Access for Web for a long time. About five years ago, my company started giving tablets to our sales team in the field, and IBM i Access for Web quickly became an invaluable tool for securely accessing green-screen applications.


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Are you ready for the cloud? It’s ready for you! This long-overdue book is a must-read if your organization is considering cloud solutions or adopting the cloud platform. Designed for technology or business professionals, this primer will help you grasp the ins and outs of cloud computing. You’ll learn how to develop, deploy, and manage business applications in an IBM cloud environment. Understand how to simplify cloud application deployment and conquer any operations challenges for your organization. Get your copy today!


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TechTip: IBM i Access for Web, Part I: Configure It in 30 Minutes or Less

A recent article by Jon Paris and Susan Gantner tells the story of an IBM i user who embarrassingly confessed having to use "the DOS window." It's worth a read.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Green-screens? What is this, the 1980s?


When I see green, I see red. User perceptions of our systems are that important. We should ensure that those perceptions are that we run modern systems. An easy way to do that is to present users with a modern interface. A simple way to do that, rather than display a traditional green-screen, is to deploy a solution like IBM i Access for Web.


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TechTip: IBM i Access for Web Part II: Getting Productive Without All the Green Stuff

Let's look at some other features of IBM i Access for Web, including how to convert spooled files to PDF and how to manage your IBM i from mobile devices or Lotus Notes.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Last time, we had a look at how to set up IBM i Access for Web and briefly explored the Web-based 5250-style interface. We'll go a little more general this time, showing you how to do some neat things with the product.


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10 Top Reasons to Choose PHP for IBM i Web Application Development

Download this free eBook to get a detailed look at the top 10 reasons why PHP is a great web development choice for IBM i shops, including:

  • Easy learning curve for RPG programmers
  • Leveraging DB2 and RPG with PHP
  • Benefits of choosing an open-source language
  • Why PHP makes mobile apps easy to deploy
  • Attracting new programmers

This eBook, which was co-sponsored by BCD and Zend, also features a foreword written by Alan Seiden.

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2016 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results

Now 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 year’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:

  • Modernization & mobile applications
  • Hardware & operating systems
  • IT concerns & initiatives
  • Data growth, storage, & security
  • The future of IBM i

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5 Winning Strategies to Combat Information Overload

Today’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 business activities run smoothly and without disruption.

What kind of safety net processes can you put in place so you can combat information overload, yet not miss a single thing, drop the ball, or cause a negative impact on the business—and more importantly, how do you go about it?

Learn how to handle the daily deluge of information and discover five strategies you can deploy to become an IT superhero in your organization.

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2015 Guide to Manufacturing Software

For 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 it’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:

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)
  • Configure Price Quote (CPQ)
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)

We’ll discuss the market trends increasing the need for adoption of each technology, provide a “shopper’s checklist” of essential features and functions, and share success stories from real-life industry leaders. This guide will also outline how Infor’s industry-specific software and cloud-based technology are helping global companies thrive.

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The Business Case for IBM i Green Screen Modernization

We've all heard the complaints from IBM i users: "Green screens look outdated. I want to use my mouse. What about mobile?"

Before decision-makers approve your modernization project, you'll need to make a compelling business case and highlight why it’s about more than giving your applications a pretty face. It's also about adding value to your IBM i.

Download this ebook to learn about the top business reasons for green screen modernization, including:

  • Modern, browser-based look and functionality
  • Improved workflows and access to information
  • Leveraging and future-proofing existing applications
  • Increased end-user productivity
  • Taking advantage of mobile devices

You'll also see real-world examples that include screenshots and links to videos.


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Overcoming Common IBM i Mobile Development Challenges

Creating 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 choose hybrid or native development
  • How to ease BYOD development stress

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