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August 24, 2015 | Volume 10 Issue 15

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: It's Just Another Day, But Do You Know What Your Reports Are Doing?
FEATURED ARTICLE: Overcoming Common IBM i Mobile Development Challenges
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM FlashSystem V9000 Software V7.5 Delivers New Functions for IBM FlashSystem V9000
WHITE PAPER: Practical Analytics for IBM i Users
EVENT: How Electronic Forms Output Streamlines Business Processes

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Feature Article - Application Software
 
It's Just Another Day, But Do You Know What Your Reports Are Doing?

Like magic, custom reports and critical files in various formats appear each day in user's folders, portals, print queues, and email. But if they didn’t run one day soon, would anyone know why?

bill langstonWritten by Bill Langston

Programmers are taught early in their career to simplify program maintenance by carefully documenting their work. Companies invest significant time and money developing business continuity and disaster recovery plans in the hope they can minimize risk and reduce recovery time if the enterprise is threatened. But many of these same organizations never document their reports and reporting processes. Knowledge of these practices is frequently overlooked until the environment changes and someone stops receiving a report or file they rely on to monitor and guide their daily operations. That's a bit too late.


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Feature Article - Networking
 
Overcoming Common IBM i Mobile Development Challenges

 "We'd love to deliver mobile applications to our business...but we're not a mobile development shop!"

Written by Profound Logic Software

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "Overcoming Common IBM i Mobile Development Challenges" available free at the MC White Paper Center.

 

It's no secret that more and more companies are embracing mobile to create a more engaged, knowledgeable, and agile workforce. But mobile application development gives many companies pause. How much will it cost? Do we have the in-house talent to handle development, or will we outsource? Is BYOD the right fit for our company?


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Get the latest and greatest advice from the DB2 for z/OS gurus! DB2 11: The Ultimate Database for Cloud, Analytics, and Mobile provides essential advice and explanations to ensure a successful upgrade--including feedback from early customer experiences. This book describes new DB2 11 features that can help you respond cost-effectively to the data explosion resulting from mobile applications, cloud computing, social media, and smart devices. Understand the new functions in DB2 11, plan your migration strategy, and learn about important new support for application compatibility. Get your copy today!


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Don't miss these great Featured White Papers:

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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2015 State of IBM i Security

Drawing participants from healthcare, communication, transportation, finance, and many other industries, the 2015 State of IBM i Security Study analyzed 110 servers. Now in its 12th year, the study provides compelling insight into security weaknesses affecting many IBM i systems.

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Data Masking and Assuring Security During Software Testing

Data masking during software testing is not the simple process that the uninitiated might suppose. Gone are the days when replacing personally identifiable information with random characters makes the grade. Learn why entering into your data masking project with a clear, systematic road map will help you better understand these critical data protection factors during software testing: 1) Where the sensitive data is located 2) What data needs to be masked 3) How to properly desensitize the data to maintain compliance

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8 Very Good Reasons to Use Your Power i For Shipping

Learn 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.

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Getting Started with IBM i Security

The IBM i platform is known for its robust security capabilities. And it’s this reputation that often keeps staff from giving IBM i the same attention as other platforms. But as new staff rotate in, IBM i expertise rotates out. Eventually organizations find themselves with maintenance gaps and dangerous security holes on a system once considered bulletproof. Even worse—no one has the knowledge to patch them up! From beginner basics to advanced tactics, this white paper provides the background and instruction you need to restore your IBM i security back to its former glory.

Element BreakOvercoming 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

 Element BreakRobot in Modern IBM i Environments

As 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 website—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.

Download this white paper to learn about:

  • IBM i virtualization technologies like SAN, LPM, and VIOS
  • IBM i high availability and disaster recovery technologies like PowerHA and VTL
  • Robot automation solutions for enhancing the ROI of IBM i

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