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December 22, 2014 | Volume 9 Issue 23


TOP STORY: Electronic Signatures Enhance the Paperless Environment
FEATURED ARTICLE: 6 Recommendations for Smarter Spooled File Processing on Your IBM i
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: RPG & DB2 Summit Announced for March 17-19, 2015 in Dallas
WHITE PAPER: How to Build a Requirements Roadmap for Proactive IBM i System Monitoring
EVENT: SkyView Deep Dive Security Training for IBM i
MC VIDEO PORTAL: The 12 Sections of PCI DSS and How each Relates to the IBM i Community


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Feature Article - Application Software
Electronic Signatures Enhance the Paperless Environment

With advances in technology, the operational benefits and laws have paved the way to support a more efficient process.

dan forsterWritten by Dan Forster

Increasingly, companies are discovering the countless benefits of a paperless office, and with the automation of documents comes significant savings. Achieving a truly paperless environment includes instituting solutions for the document workflow process from beginning to end. One of those components, which is often missed or not included, is that of capturing a signature.


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Feature Article - System Administration
6 Recommendations for Smarter Spooled File Processing on Your IBM i

Learn how to improve the flow of essential information around your organization, save costs, and free up your time.

Written by Halcyon Software

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "6 Recommendations for Smarter Spooled File Processing on Your IBM i" free for download from the MC Press White Paper Center.


This new white paper by Ash Giddings, IBM i industry expert, discusses how not to fall into the trap of ignoring or sometimes deleting large volumes of spooled files. These unassuming files can contain important nuggets of information and data that may be critical to business operations.


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Give your users what they need to be successful in their work -- using RPG! Solutions such as Excel spreadsheets, Adobe PDF files, and email are requirements for today’s users, and today’s RPG is more than capable of fulfilling these needs. This book gives you the know-how to break through the obstacles and use common development tools to share information and provide more-compatible interfaces. Learn how to migrate your existing greenbar reports to Excel spreadsheets and PDFs, and discover how to automatically email reports using RPG and JavaMail with this hands-on guide! Buy your hard copy or e-book today!


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Don't miss these great Featured White Papers:

DR Strategy Guide from Maxava

Download your free copy of our DR Strategy Guide for IBM i before it’s too late.
Learn more about the evolution of disaster recovery, how disasters of various types can impact business and the strategies you can employ to minimize the risk of impact to your business by downloading our latest e-book today.
Your free copy of the DR Strategy Guide for IBM i will help uncover the secrets to ensuring your IBM i and your business is able to weather any storm – be it caused by human interruption or natural disaster.

  • How to best implement a disaster recovery strategy
  • The importance of testing your Disaster Recovery Plan and keeping it up to date
  • How to perform scheduled back-ups without bringing down your business
  • The benefits of the Cloud and how it can work for you
  • What to look for in a Disaster Recovery Provider

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10 Facts You Need To Know About Laser Check Printing On Your IBM i

This whitepaper is a must read for anyone that is considering moving to Laser Check printing or anyone that has considered moving to laser check printing in the past and thought it was too expensive or too much trouble. Included in this white paper:

  • A supply List What to look for in laser check software
  • 6 Steps to Getting Bank Approval of your checks
  • 10 myths about laser check printing, find out if they are fact or fiction

Laser check printing is secure and easier to maintain than traditional pre-printed check printing. With a few quick steps, set-up is simple. You do not need to purchase any special equipment and it is very easy to maintain. Laser check printing can save thousands, potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in supplies and labor, depending on the size of your company. Let this Free whitepaper by DRV Tech answer your questions about laser check printing on the IBM i.

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PCI and What it means to IBM i

While one may think that PCI is a thing of the past and that it’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 didn’t in the past. To refresh everyone’s memory, here’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.

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Virus Got You Down?

Does a virus have your server down? Perhaps it’s the latest worm, Trojan horse, buffer overflow or denial of service attack that’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 web site 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. Let’s take a look at how IBM i and the applications running on it can remain unscathed by the viruses and malware that are so prevalent today. In this white paper, Carol Woodbury of SkyView Partners defines each “ailment” and then describe the defenses and protection mechanisms provided by IBM i to ward off the attack.

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How to Build a Requirements Roadmap for Proactive IBM i System Monitoring

Implementing proactive system monitoring in your IBM i environment begins with planning. The effectiveness of automated monitoring solutions should be evaluated based on the degree of visibility they can offer to potential problems, the time they save, and the flexibility they offer in meeting the specific views and requirements of your existing and developing network.
Your proactive monitoring solution should be able to anticipate repeat issues based on your system demands, applications, throughput, and configuration, as well as provide fast access to information that will pinpoint the cause of unforeseen issues and those that are otherwise difficult to isolate.
For system administrators and managers who are looking for a practical guide to help maximize a new or existing proactive approach to system and message monitoring.
Download this white paper to learn:

  • Information on must-have monitors
  • Shortcuts to greater efficiency
  • Checklists of requirements for a customized roadmap

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The 12 Sections of PCI DSS and How each Relates to the IBM i Community


In this session, Carol Woodbury draws on her experience consulting with SkyView Partners' clients and helping them with their PCI DSS implementation and compliance requirements. Carol explains each of the 12 sections of the Payment Card Industry's Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and describes specifically how each relates to the IBM i community.