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November 23, 2015 | Volume 10 Issue 21


TOP STORY: State of the Tech: Web Application Servers
FEATURED ARTICLE: The Business Case for IBM i Green Screen Modernization
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Quadrant Software Announces Revamped Formtastic Interface
WHITE PAPER: 2015 Guide to Manufacturing Software
EVENT: Taking the Pain Out of User Provisioning

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State of the Tech: Web Application Servers

Which Web Application Server makes sense in today's technology landscape? You might be surprised.

joe plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

The concept of a Web Application Server (WAS) has been around for a long time and has seen a lot of evolution. Earliest WAS implementations grew out of the attempt to use HTML, designed primarily as a way to serve static data on request, as a way to provide business application functionality. This can be done only if the requests can serve up dynamic data. In the end, this means touching a database of some kind, so perhaps the simplest definition of a Web Application Server is a method of allowing a user with a browser to interact with a database using business logic. We can come up with edge conditions and extreme cases, but in the line of business that we midrange programmers support, that characterization is almost universally applicable. This article will explore the state of today's technology as it pertains to that description of WAS.


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Feature Article - Operating Systems
The Business Case for IBM i Green Screen Modernization

The top business reasons, supported by real-world examples, why giving your green screens a web GUI adds value to your IBM i.

Written by BCD Software, a Quadrant Company

Editor's note: This article introduces the ebook "The Business Case for IBM i Green Screen Modernization," which is free to download from the MC White Paper Center.


Many organizations rely on the IBM i (formerly the AS/400 and iSeries) to run critical business applications like ERPs. Although the IBM i is a rock-solid, modern platform, its green-screen interface limits productivity and makes it look like antiquated technology.


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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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2015 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results

HelpSystems, the creator of the popular State of IBM i Security Study, now shares exclusive new information about the outlook for the IBM i platform collected in the first annual IBM i Marketplace Survey.

From manufacturing and retail to finance and healthcare, IBM i professionals from more than a dozen countries reported their plans and concerns for their IT environments, revealing how IBM i is being used and how it relates to their broader IT objectives.

Download the survey results to see how 350 of your peers on the platform address:

  • Modernization
  • Hardware
  • Operating systems
  • IT initiatives
  • Personnel issues
  • Data growth
  • The future of IBM 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!

Element BreakTransform Your Data into Insight

For over 30 years Query/400 has been the data access tool to generate reports easily from DB2 data—allowing access to insight like never before. While it continues to be sufficient for basic reporting functionality, most organizations are beginning to be challenged with the need to access and report on larger volumes of data than ever before. With business users are asking for easy-to-access dashboards and reports to gain insight more easily, it might be time to consider if it's time to upgrade from Query/400.

Download this exclusive IBM i white paper to see:

  • The history of Query/400
  • How organizations currently use Query
  • The benefits of investing in a new data access tool
  • And more

Don't waste any more time struggling with antiquated data access.


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