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December 14, 2015 | Volume 10 Issue 22

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) Adds More Features
FEATURED ARTICLE: 5 Winning Strategies to Combat Information Overload
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Regulatory Compliance Analytics Helps You Manage Your Regulatory Compliance Efforts
WHITE PAPER: The Business Case for IBM i Green Screen Modernization
EVENT: Open Source Twitter Chat with Aaron Bartell
SURVEY: State of the IBM i Modernization

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Feature Article - System Administration
 
IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) Adds More Features

The new ACS update has a few major updates. System i Access is dead and buried. What are you waiting for?

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

As part of the announcements for IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 11 and IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 3, IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) has been enhanced with some new and exciting features. ACS is the lightweight Java-based successor to System i Access products.

 

I sat down with Tim Rowe, the Business Architect for Application Development and Systems Management for IBM i, last week for a quick discussion about the new features.


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This ain’t your mama’s RPG! Time to move on from OPM—with Evolve Your RPG Coding. This comprehensive new book gives you all the tools to move to a more modern, modular, and efficient ILE RPG. The book guides you through the transition at a comfortable pace, making every ILE concept totally accessible. You’ll start with simple, easy-to-understand examples and analogies to OPM, then advance to complete and complex ILE code. Finally, you’ll go beyond ILE with a detailed discussion of SQL, code organization, and structure. Pre-order your copy today!


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Feature Article - System Administration
 
5 Winning Strategies to Combat Information Overload

Fact: Today's businesses must be available 24/7 with fewer people having to manage more complex systems and processes.

 

Written by Halcyon, a HelpSystems Company

 

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "5 Winning Strategies to Combat Information Overload" available free at the MC White Paper Center.

 

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.


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The wait is over! The 5th edition is here. Here’s your chance to expand your ILE RPG knowledge with our most significant update to this classic RPG book. The latest edition features exclusive coverage of free-format RPG; more SQL than ever before; and greater emphasis on ILE modules, procedures, and service programs. This essential guide covers all the fundamentals you need to be successful with ILE RPG plus the latest development tools. All new programming exercises and assignments included. Order today!


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Don't miss these great Featured White Papers:

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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Practical Analytics for IBM i Users

Big data and analytics grab the headlines, but chances are there are users in your office who simply need better query and analytical tools that work with your real-time operational data. NGS, IBM and numerous other vendors offer solutions, but it can be a challenge to understand their features and costs. This White Paper helps by examining:

  • IBM’s analytics and services strategy
  • IBM Query/400 and DB2 Web Query V2.1
  • IBM Cognos and other BI software
  • the value of DB2 on IBM i

The White Paper contrasts NGS and IBM offerings from a design and cost of ownership perspective. It also provides insight into IBM's business strategy and the frequently overlooked benefits of DB2 on i.

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Mobile Computing and the IBM i

Mobile 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!

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