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September 22, 2014 | Volume 9 Issue 17


TOP STORY: An Intimate Conversation About 5250 Emulation
FEATURED ARTICLE: The Top 10 Job Scheduling Challenges and How to Solve Them 
 • NEWS HIGHLIGHT: New SP4i-Push Sends IBM i Notifications Instantly to iOS and Android Devices
WHITE PAPER:Getting Maximum Value from your Software Maintenance Agreement
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Top Ten Security Vulnerabilities of IBM i Security Configuration     
MC INDUSTRY BLOGS: Possible Hackability of Boeing 777 Illustrates Vulnerability of Integrated Systems
EVENT: IBM i before and after: See how a non-programmer gave his green screens a web GUI


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Feature Article - Networking
An Intimate Conversation About 5250 Emulation

Like an old friend who never seems to go home, emulation is always with us, enabling us to connect our new-fangled computer devices to an i that wasn't really designed for that type of connection.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

We don't think about emulation much, but without it, where would we be?


Back in the olden days, connecting to the i was easy. You just ran some Twinax under the floor or through the walls and straight up to the back of your computer. The cabling was inconvenient because it limited your ability to rearrange your office unless you were adroit enough to not trip over wires running out in the open.


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Feature Article - Programming
The Top 10 Job Scheduling Challenges and How to Solve Them

It's likely additional resources won't become available to oversee Power Systems operations, so "work smarter, not harder" may be the catchword of the day—in short, automation.

martin_normanWritten by Martin Norman

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "The Top Ten Job Scheduling Challenges and How to Solve Them" available free at the MC White Paper Center.


The last 10 years have been tough for organizations the world around. When it comes to a recession, everyone is forced to do more with less. But at the same time, companies still need to move forward at a frenetic pace—just to maintain a competitive advantage through the recession and beyond. It is this enhanced speed at which the business must operate that creates a new level of resource challenges to address, often with no time to waste. It's no wonder that "work smarter, not harder" has become the hallmark of modern business.


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MC White Paper Center


Getting Maximum Value from your Software Maintenance Agreement

Most IT Managers must question at one time or another ? what exactly they are getting for their money from a software maintenance agreement?
Beyond ‘corrective maintenance’ what should you expect from a software vendor in today’s world to ensure the software is constantly moving in a direction which benefits your business?
Lorraine Cousins, CEO of Halcyon Software, discusses why some companies see their maintenance agreement as a way of getting new features with tangible business benefits while others regard it as insurance to protect against the risk of software malfunction.
Discover how to benchmark current and future software vendors to make sure your organization is getting the maximum value from your software maintenance agreement.



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2014 State of IBM i Security Study

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DR Strategy Guide from Maxava

Virus Got You Down?

PCI and What it means to IBM i

Data Access in a Big Data World

Top Security Issues for the Integrated File System (IFS)

How to Effectively Manage and Monitor Your Business Applications

The Promise of A/P Automation

The Essential Guide to IBM i Database Modernization

The State of IBM i Security 2013

Storing Metadata the Profound UI Way

Secure Inside and Out: Maximizing Intrusion Detection on IBM i

Solving the Little Things with Automation for IBM Power Systems

Managing Privileged Users on IBM i

5 Ways to Control Access using Application Administration

Analyzing IBM i Performance Metrics

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Analyzing IBM i Performance Metrics

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Baker College Makes IBM i Apps More Cool, Less Old-School, With Profound UI

Best Practices: The Fundamentals of Document Automation

Beyond FTP: Securing and Managing File Transfers

Bringing Mashups to Your Enterprise Business Applications

Building a Sound Investment Strategy Through Technology

Business Intelligence for the IBM i Customer

Case Study: Streamline Purchase-to-Pay using Document Management

Cloud Computing

Compliance without the Complexities

Critical Elements for Business ContinuityDMZ Gateways: Secret Weapons for Data Security

Defending Against Data Breach: Developing the Right Strategy for Data Encryption

DMZ Gateways: Secret Weapons for Data Security

Getting the most from your SAP production reports

Getting the Most out of Your Audit Journal - Handouts

Goodbye Paper, Hello Freedom: Paperless Accounts Payable

Goodbye Paper, Hello Freedom: The Complete Guide to Going Paperless

How to Effectively Manage and Monitor Your Business Applications

IBM i Scheduling Survival Guide

IBM i Trends and the IBM i Cloud

Keeping your System i Applications Relevant in a Service-Oriented World

Laws and Regulations and Standards… Oh my!

Make “Paperwork” Smarter

Managing Data and Healthcare Regulations Efficiently

Managing Privileged Users on IBM i

Modern Monitoring Methods for Power Systems

Oh no! Another Audit!

PCI Compliance for Power Systems Running IBM i

PCI DSS Compliance with Managed File Transfer

Pillars Of Data Protection

Protecting your Data – How Much Security is Enough?

Revolutionizing System i Application Modernization

Secure Inside and Out: Maximizing Intrusion Detection on IBM i

SOA What? Why SOA is Critical for iSeries RPG Shops

Solving the Little Things with Automation for IBM Power Systems

Storing Metadata the Profound UI Way

Supply Chain Synchronization: Recession-proof Strategies for Improving Efficiencies

System Modernization Survival Guide

The Eight Pillars of an Enterprise Application Architecture

The Hidden Cost of Compliance

Top Security Issues for the Integrated File System (IFS)

Using Microsoft .NET to Build Scalable Enterprise IBM i Applications

Using Software for Compliance…

Ways to Use IBM i Audit Journal

What Authorities Do Programmers Really Need?

Why Companies Fail PCI Audits - Handouts


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Top Ten Security Vulnerabilities of IBM i Security Configuration

In this Webinar:  SkyView Partners has been performing security assessments for the IBM i community for over 12 years. Based on the findings of these assessments, Carol Woodbury will present the Top 10 vulnerabilities found in IBM i security configurations. She will talk about each issue, making sure to describe how the vulnerability poses risk to your data. In addition, her discussion will include the prevalence of these issues, how to assess the risk of these issues as they pertain to your environment and options for addressing the vulnerabilities.


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Possible hackability of Boeing 777 illustrates vulnerability of integrated systems

Posted in News, Security on June 6th, 2014 by Robin – Be the first to comment


The March 2014 disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has renewed old concerns about the security of aircraft with embedded systems, such as the Boeing 777. While the exact causes of the plane’s demise have not been determined yet, security experts have taken the opportunity to point out that cyberattacks could exploit the features of advanced airliners and lead to similar incidents in the future.