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March 16, 2015 | Volume 10 Issue 5

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY:In the Wheelhouse: Adventures in Modernization
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: Tools for Tracking and Resolving IBM i Server Messages
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Software AG: Simplify Enterprise Cloud Adoption, Deploy Full Cloud Portfolio on Amazon Web Services
WHITE PAPER: Mobile Computing and the IBM i
EVENT: Getting Started with IBM i Security
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL

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Feature Article - Analysis
 
In the Wheelhouse: Adventures in Modernization

Modernization is a journey, not a destination.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

This topic has been on my company's radar for a little while now. A few months ago, we started the implementation process to migrate to a new ERP package, which fell in line with a POWER8 upgrade. This is quite a major overhaul of core systems and will continue well into the year. I'm sure I'll have tales of ERP project pitfalls and successes over the coming months, so stay tuned for that.


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Sponsor - The MC Press Bookstore
 

Have you heard? RPG is now fully free-format! This latest edition from RPG expert Jim Martin is your one-stop resource for free-format information. It’s a must-read for all RPG programmers, featuring completely updated code. See the new H, F, D and P specs in action in this easy-to-use reference guide. You’ll learn rules and syntax but also grasp how this modern style of coding can improve your overall productivity--from initial development through maintenance. Get your copy today!


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Feature Article - Application Software
 
Technology Focus: Tools for Tracking and Resolving IBM i Server Messages

Too often, prompt response and resolution of server messages is seen as simply an operational concern, but the implications of failure can have much deeper effects.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Whether your enterprise is small enough to get by with a single server or large enough that it needs a computer center full of them, resolving problems reported by the servers themselves can be critical. Unresolved difficulties popping up on the system console can affect business operations out of all proportion to the neutral wording of some of the messages themselves.


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Sponsor - The MC Press Bookstore
 

Have you heard? RPG is now fully free-format! This latest edition from RPG expert Jim Martin is your one-stop resource for free-format information. It’s a must-read for all RPG programmers, featuring completely updated code. See the new H, F, D and P specs in action in this easy-to-use reference guide. You’ll learn rules and syntax but also grasp how this modern style of coding can improve your overall productivity--from initial development through maintenance. Get your copy today!


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MC White Paper Center
 

Don't miss these great Featured White Papers:

 

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!

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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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Data Access in a Big Data World

With big data comes big responsibility, but it doesn't have to stress you out, especially when it comes to accessing partitioned files. You can learn how to adapt to the trends and take control of your partitioned data without losing the ability to query multiple files at once. Download the free Big Data Access Pack today!
Download Your Free Copy.

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What 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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