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January 19, 2015 | Volume 10 Issue 2

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: In the Wheelhouse: Is That the New AS/400?
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: Employee Aids for Internal Communications
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Continuous Update of Live Applications with TD/OMS from Remain Software
WHITE PAPER: Business Intelligence for the IBM i Customer
EVENT: POWER8 Power Hour with Mark Olson
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Using the Newer Clients for Accessing IBM i – Good for Security or Not

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Feature Article - Analysis
 
In the Wheelhouse: Is That the New AS/400?

We are now in an age where the AS/400 green-screen application interface has become counter-productive. And the name plays a part.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Sorry. It's not the new AS/400. It's not the new iSeries. It's not the new System i.

 

I now possess two IBM Power S814 servers. As the delivery company was rolling them down the halls and putting them darn near horizontal to get them under the door frames, I heard someone exclaim, "Wow! Is that the new AS/400?"

 

Absolutely not!


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Feature Article - Application Software
 
Technology Focus: Employee Aids for Internal Communications

Using software to keep enterprise employees in touch with each other can follow one of three major strategies: workflow apps, messaging apps that support social media, and web portals.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

When an entity as large as an enterprise, or even one as modest as a project team, exceeds a certain number of participants or geographic locations, the importance of inter-employee communications starts reaching critical stages. While that critical number varies from organization to organization, a few of the factors that mandate maintaining good communications between team members include managerial oversight of project progress, the need to avoid duplication of effort, and awareness of interrelated deadlines.


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MC White Paper Center
 

Don't miss these great Featured White Papers:

Business 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.

 

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Cloud Computing

Carol Woodbury discusses the security concerns of cloud computing and provides resources you can check into as you address the security issues of this new technology.

 

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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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IBM i Scheduling Survival Guide

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Using the Newer Clients for Accessing IBM i – Good for Security or Not

 

In this session, Carol is pleased to be joined by long-time friend Tim Rowe – Business Architect for Systems Management and Application Development - from IBM in Rochester, MN. Tim and Carol will be discussing the security ‘pros and cons’ of the newer strategic clients that are available for accessing IBM i – including mobile, IBM i Access Client Solutions and i Access for the Web as well as a discussion on recently discovered vulnerabilities and exploits that may – or may not - affect these clients.


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