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May 11, 2015 | Volume 10 Issue 9

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: Why Managers Should Pay Attention to PHP
FEATURED ARTICLE: 2015 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Strategic Partnership Brings the Power of CLOUDFAX400 and IMPSCLOUD.COM Technology to the IBM Cloud
WHITE PAPER: Mobile Computing and the IBM i
EVENT: Visualize Data Quickly and Easily with SEQUEL
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL

Sponsor - New Generation Software, Inc.
 

Free, Live Webinar: Does this sound familiar? Reports based on yesterday’s data? Queries you have to change every time they run? Programs generating spool files no one has time to read? Analysts storing sensitive data in Microsoft Excel and Access? Users rejecting Query/400? Programmers writing new queries instead of new applications? Attend this webinar and learn how you can extend and enhance data access without sacrificing control or your budget. Call 800 824-1220 or register at www.ngsi.com.


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Feature Article - Programming
 
Why Managers Should Pay Attention to PHP

Everyone knows about PHP. Or maybe I should say everyone has heard about PHP. But that's not the same as "knowing" about it. What should IT executives be doing or thinking about PHP?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

PHP. You can't do the tango in a drugstore without bumping up against it. It's not the only player in town, but it's definitely one of the big boys.

 

And lots of people are talking about it. But you know what? It seems that most of the people who are doing the talking are the ones who are actually working with PHP.


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Sponsor - ASNA
 

ASNA Mobile RPG empowers RPG programmers to create great IBM i-driven smartphone and tablet mobile apps with nothing but plain ol’ RPG. Programmers don’t need to learn obtuse languages like HTML, JavaScript, PHP, Java or Objective C. The only skills required to create superb mobile applications with Mobile RPG are traditional RPG coding skills—period! These applications feature secure and fast read/write access to your IBM i database and provide game-changing possibilities for your business.

Learn more today!


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Feature Article - Analysis
 
2015 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results

Nearly 350 people from organizations large and small responded.

tom huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "2015 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results" available free at the MC White Paper Center.

 

IBM i is known worldwide for its power, scalability, reliability, and securability. But it's also one of technology's best-kept secrets. Very little data exists to show how businesses use the platform and how IBM i relates to broader IT objectives. HelpSystems, in conjunction with leading industry publications IT Jungle and PowerWire.eu, set out to gather this data by surveying the IT professionals who use IBM i every day.


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Sponsor - The MC Press Bookstore
 

Take the next step with PHP! Expand your knowledge and understanding of this essential programming language with the latest book from PHP guru Kevin Schroeder: Advanced Guide to PHP on IBM i. Master important PHP topics such as debugging, test-driven development, web-based development, advanced object-oriented programming, and web security. You’ll also get an in-depth look at the new PHP Toolkit for IBM i provided by Zend Technologies. Don’t delay; get started today on building your understanding and skill level with this example-packed, accessible book. Order today!


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MC White Paper Center
 

Don't miss these great Featured White Papers:

 

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 BreakMobile 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!

Element BreakBusiness Intelligence for the IBM i Customer

Are you on information overload from the barrage of announcements and ads for BI solutions, including IBM’s new DB2 Web Query V2.1? End the confusion and get informed. This White Paper guides you in evaluating which solution may be the best fit for your company, users, budget, environment and more. It also examines:

  • IBM’s analytics and services strategy
  • the repackaged DB2 Web QueryV2.1
  • IBM’s Cognos solution
  • other BI software in the market

The White Paper offers a comparison of these products with NGS-IQ, NGS’ scalable, proven BI suite of products used by thousands of i customers of all sizes in virtually every industry.

It concludes with a section designed to help IBM i and DB2 supporters explain the strengths of the environment to critics and the uninformed.

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

Element BreakWhat Authorities Do Programmers Really Need?

Left to their own preferences, many programmers will ask to be given all possible authorities on the system. That’s because most – not all – but most programmers are focused on getting their work done and would prefer not to be concerned with security. However, many organizations have policies or have to comply with laws or regulations that limit the authorities that programmers can have – especially to production systems. This white paper describes the authorities that programmers typically need along with techniques for determining the exact authorities your programmers need to continue to perform their job functions without having an all-powerful profile.

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Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL

Due to popular demand, Carol has updated her presentation on configuring iAccess to use SSL sessions to include, not just the step-by-step configuration guidance but also a discussion on the benefits and challenges of using certificates from a well-known CA (Certificate Authority) vs a self-signed certificate as well as practical tips for enterprise implementation.


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