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June 20, 2016 | Volume 11 Issue 11


LEAD ARTICLE: Budget Dollars Can Be Skin Deep
FEATURED ARTICLE: Eye on the i World: Software Tool Vendor Sees IBM's Watson as IBM i Ally Rather Than a Threat
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: The Weather Company Announces Watson Ads
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise
EVENT: Automatically Collect Real-time Security Events on the IBM i

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Feature Article - Analysis
Budget Dollars Can Be Skin Deep

You won't change user perceptions if the UI stinks.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

My company is going through a wholesale ERP migration. At this point, we've gone live with accounts payable and general ledger of a new ERP system that runs side by side with the traditional RPG-based green-screen applications. It's a bit of a process of course, moving it piecemeal. Some things can go easily. Some take a bit more work. With that being said, it's amazing how many times I hear the word “iSeries” in the run of a week.


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Feature Article - Analysis
Eye on the i World: Software Tool Vendor Sees IBM's Watson as IBM i Ally Rather Than a Threat

There are some voices that say the IBM i might be declining as a platform. Profound Logic CEO Alex Roytman is not one of them.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

The maturing of the IBM i market has been with us for some years, but the quality of that maturation sparks debate. Does the platform's current state, along with such other factors as IBM's boosting of Watson, mean the IBM i has reached a point in its life cycle where decline is inevitable, or has it simply reached an equilibrium at which it will continue to thrive for the foreseeable future?


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Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise


Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.

We will demonstrate how Profound UI:

  • Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
  • Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
  • Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
  • Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

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Your introduction to RCAC and Authority Collection

IBM has provided us with two powerful and very exciting security enhancements in the last two versions of IBM i.

Scott Forstie of IBM joins Carol Woodbury to demonstrate and describe the V7R2 feature called Row and Column Access Control (RCAC), which extends how you define which users have access to specific rows in a database file. RCAC also provides a way to mask data for all or selected users.

The recently released V7R3 adds Authority Collection. Authority Collection provides organizations and vendors with the ability to know exactly what authority is required to perform a task, eliminating the guesswork. Gone is the need to set *PUBLIC authority on database files to *ALL or to automatically grant service accounts *ALLOBJ special authority just because you’re unsure of what authority is required.

Watch Scott and Carol as they discuss these and other new security features delivered in V7R2 and V7R3.

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Business Process Automation with Robot

Automate Process Flow Through the Data Center
Typical “computerized” business processes are a combination of multiple schedulers, operational scripts, CL programs, and manual file checking, all backed up with the trusty runbook.
Is there a better way to manage business processes?
It is a common misconception that a business process cannot be automated if it’s too complicated or requires that someone verify each step. We’re here to tell you there is a better way to manage your business—process automation is possible!
Take 30 minutes to learn the options for automating your business process flow and how they fit into your data center processing, including cases of:

  • Complex or iterative schedules
  • Event-driven dependencies
  • Multi-platform dependencies
  • Dynamically calculated parameters
  • Exception notification
  • SAP and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne integration

How do I know business process automation is effective?
If you have any doubts that automating complex business processes will improve your level of service, you’ll also hear a success story from the senior systems administrator at Trident Seafoods who embraced automation using the Robot solution and is reeling in the benefits!

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An Automated Recovery Plan Auditors Will Love

Robot SAVE can make your life easier when it comes to recovering your IBM i data. Watch this 30-minute webinar and discover the features that you and your auditors will love, including:

  • Automatically generated system recovery procedures
  • Audit reports listing what was or was not saved
  • Tape integrity for all IBM i systems in the data center
  • Finding and restoring a single object, directory, or library
  • Technical support dedicated to ensuring the accuracy of your configuration

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Who’s Afraid of Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS? Not i.

This 30-minute recording demystifies Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS and teaches best practice techniques for maintaining and controlling critical processes and applications running on your Linux, AIX, and VIOS environments.

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Easy Mobile Development


  • Scott Klement, IBM Champion & Profound Logic Product Developer
  • Amanda Blackburn, Profound Logic Marketing Manager

Learn how you can rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! Attend this live Webinar and discover how Profound Mobile helps you:

  • Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
  • Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
  • Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform

You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!

Watch this Webinar Now!

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