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May 2, 2016 | Volume 11 Issue 8

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

LEAD ARTICLE: IBM: Systematic Layoffs and the Concept of Selling Concepts
FEATURED ARTICLE: Three Compelling Drivers for Implementing a High Availability Solution on an IBM i Cloud with MIMIX
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: BCD Software and Midrange Dynamics Announce Strategic Partnership
WHITE PAPER: 2016 State of IBM i Security Study
EVENT: 2016 COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Feature Article - Analysis
 
IBM: Systematic Layoffs and the Concept of Selling Concepts

It's time to look at layoffs again. Also, contrary to what some analysts believe, a full-scale transformation of IBM into a company that sells concepts is not the answer.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

It's been about two months since I wrote about the new round of IBM layoffs that could potentially see the U.S. workforce reduced by 14,000 out of approximately 70,000 employees. Since IBM of course doesn't publish its employee counts by country, it's hard to say exactly how deep each round of layoffs actually goes. There's a heck of a lot of smoke to be no fire.


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Feature Article - System Administration
 
Three Compelling Drivers for Implementing a High Availability Solution on an IBM i Cloud with MIMIX

 

The emergence of the IBM i Cloud along with dramatic changes in costs have made downtime-reducing solutions accessible for companies of all sizes.

 

Written by Connectria Hosting

 

Until recently, high availability solutions for IBM Power Systems servers running IBM i were reserved mostly for larger enterprises with on-premise or dedicated hosting solutions. Given the emergence of the IBM i Cloud, high availability is now dramatically easier to use and a less expensive alternative for organizations of all sizes. Today, just about anyone running an IBM i environment can now afford the “luxury” of real-time, offsite data protection, as well as rapid and complete data recovery in the cloud.


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3 Compelling Drivers for Implementing an HA Solution on an IBM i Cloud with MIMIX

1. Affordable Cloud Solutions

2. Efficiencies of MIMIX

3. Rising Cost of Downtime

This white paper is a collaborative effort between Connectria Hosting, a pioneer in the development of the IBM i Cloud, and Vision Solutions, the leader in High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions including MIMIX®, the standard for complete, scalable HA/DR protection for the IBM i.

It will provide a review of the core causes and costs of both planned and unplanned downtime and will then provide a detailed discussion of current options for IBM i High Availability and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud.

Most importantly, as you read you will learn why true HA and DR protection are now within reach of even the smallest of businesses.

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2016 State of IBM i Security Study

Drawing participants from healthcare, communication, transportation, finance, and many other industries, the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study analyzed 177 servers and partitions. Now in its 13th year, the study provides compelling insight into security weaknesses affecting many IBM i systems. Some of the most dangerous defects include:

  • Unmonitored network access
  • Lax system auditing
  • Dangerous default security settings

The alarming results show improperly configured servers where users are allowed to keep default passwords and traffic passes through exit points like FTP and SQL unmonitored.

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2016 State of IBM i Modernization White Paper

After surveying 400+ IBM i professionals, we discovered:

  • The state of IBM i modernization in today's businesses and their goals for the future
  • The effect legacy applications have on the businesses' internal and external processes
  • The #1 concern upper managers have with the IBM i, and how to combat it

...and much much more!

Download your copy of The 2016 State of IBM i Modernization today.

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DR Strategy Guide from Maxava: Brand New Edition - now fully updated to include Cloud!

PRACTICAL TOOLS TO IMPLEMENT DISASTER RECOVERY IN YOUR IBM i ENVIRONMENT

  • CLOUD VS. ON-PREMISE?
  • COMPREHENSIVE CHECKLISTS
  • RISK COST CALCULATIONS
  • BUSINESS CASE FRAMEWORK
  • DR SOLUTIONS OVERVIEW
  • RFP BUILDER

Download your free copy of DR Strategy Guide for IBM i today.

The DR Strategy Guide for IBM i is brought to you by Maxava – innovative global leaders in High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions for IBM i.

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8 Very Good Reasons to Use Your Power i For Shipping

Learn how companies are reducing shipping costs by Centralizing all of their Shipping Systems and Transportation Management Systems (TMS) on One Platform with One Vendor. See how companies deployed an enterprise-wide, multi-carrier shipping solution to manage both their Parcel and Freight shipments directly from their IBM i, and seamlessly integrated it to their back end IBM i ERP and WMS. This Whitepaper examines eight reasons for centralizing standalone shipping solutions on the IBM i. In addition, you will see how a Modular TMS Solution integrated with ERP has driven significant efficiencies and cost reductions in companies shipping and transportation operation.

(USA and CANADA only please!)

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