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July 21, 2014 | Volume 9 Issue 13

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: In the Wheelhouse: Apple, IBM, and a Missed Opportunity
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: Should You Do HA/DR in the Cloud or In-House?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: HelpSystems Announces File Event Monitoring for Libraries, Directories, IFS
WHITE PAPER: Checklists for Checklists on Checklists … Why Not Automate?
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Best Practices for IBM i Security Administration 
MC INDUSTRY BLOGS: 3 Trends Changing Expectations Inside IBM i Shops
EVENT: Implementing Your First BI Solution in an Hour

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Feature Article - Analysis
 
In the Wheelhouse: Apple, IBM, and a Missed Opportunity

Today, I'm talking about the deal between Apple and IBM and how it could affect BlackBerry. Sadly, my take on it isn't all roses.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

This week, IBM and Apple teamed up to provide mobile solutions for the enterprise market.

 

As per the agreement:

 

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change—grounded in four core capabilities:


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System i Disaster Recovery Planning addresses the special disaster recovery planning issues of IBM i. It is your step-by-step guide to developing an effective, workable plan to protect your company's assets should the unthinkable happen. This title is now available in eBook format.

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Feature Article - Systems Administration
 
Technology Focus: Should You Do HA/DR in the Cloud or In-House?

 

In the long run, it boils down to whether you prefer convenience or control.

 

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

 

It seems to be inarguable anymore whether or not an enterprise of any size needs a high availability and disaster recovery (HA/DR, also often called business continuity (BC)) plan in place. The sticking point is more along the lines of how much time and money any business concern wants to invest in the process. Particularly in the cases of enterprises that have never experienced any significant downtime or downtime consequences, or that remain convinced the stability of IBM i servers is not just legendary but permanent, it can be challenging to set aside money, personnel, and systems time to prepare for a "just in case" scenario. The upshot is that it's something that has to be done, if only to avoid how awful the consequences might be if you don't.


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Deliver Business Value with Virtualization: This Book Shows You How

Organizations around the world have embraced virtualization in their quest to meet the ever-expanding demand for IT computing infrastructure resources. Yet virtualization technologies often fail to provide business value that resonates with the organization’s lines of business. IT Virtualization Best Practices guides you toward a “lean” virtualization implementation using service patterns and teaches you how to manage IT infrastructures to provide compelling business value. Get your copy today.


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MC White Paper Center
 

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Checklists for Checklists on Checklists … Why Not Automate?

This is not about getting rid of IT checklists. The power of a good checklist is awesome – but how can we make sure the best procedures are continuously in place and always ready for action if a problem is encountered. The key is to automate manual routines and checklists.

This White Paper discusses the advantages of automating traditional manual, hands-on management tasks for the operation and maintenance of IT platforms, systems, applications, networks and architectures.

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Latest White Papers:

Checklists for Checklists on Checklists … Why Not Automate?

2014 State of IBM i Security Study

Automate IBM i Operations using Wireless Devices

10 Facts You Need To Know About Laser Check Printing On Your IBM i

DR Strategy Guide from Maxava

Virus Got You Down?

PCI and What it means to IBM i

Data Access in a Big Data World

Top Security Issues for the Integrated File System (IFS)

How to Effectively Manage and Monitor Your Business Applications

The Promise of A/P Automation

The Essential Guide to IBM i Database Modernization

The State of IBM i Security 2013

Storing Metadata the Profound UI Way

Secure Inside and Out: Maximizing Intrusion Detection on IBM i

Solving the Little Things with Automation for IBM Power Systems

Managing Privileged Users on IBM i

5 Ways to Control Access using Application Administration

Analyzing IBM i Performance Metrics

3 Essential Steps to Successful Performance Management


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Lights Out IBM i Automation

10 Top Job Scheduling Challenges for your IBM i and How to Solve Them

101 things you can Automate on your IBM i & 10 Tips for Peace of Mind

3 Essential Steps to Successful Performance Management

5 Shortcuts to Sensible Operational Security

5 Ways to Control Access using Application Administration

6 Recommendations for Smarter Spooled File Processing on Your IBM i

A FREE HA/DR Jargon Buster

Analyzing IBM i Performance Metrics

Assess the Appropriateness of the iSeries/IBM i in My Business

Baker College Makes IBM i Apps More Cool, Less Old-School, With Profound UI

Best Practices: The Fundamentals of Document Automation

Beyond FTP: Securing and Managing File Transfers

Bringing Mashups to Your Enterprise Business Applications

Building a Sound Investment Strategy Through Technology

Business Intelligence for the IBM i Customer

Case Study: Streamline Purchase-to-Pay using Document Management

Cloud Computing

Compliance without the Complexities

Critical Elements for Business ContinuityDMZ Gateways: Secret Weapons for Data Security

Defending Against Data Breach: Developing the Right Strategy for Data Encryption

DMZ Gateways: Secret Weapons for Data Security

Getting the most from your SAP production reports

Getting the Most out of Your Audit Journal - Handouts

Goodbye Paper, Hello Freedom: Paperless Accounts Payable

Goodbye Paper, Hello Freedom: The Complete Guide to Going Paperless

How to Effectively Manage and Monitor Your Business Applications

IBM i Scheduling Survival Guide

IBM i Trends and the IBM i Cloud

Keeping your System i Applications Relevant in a Service-Oriented World

Laws and Regulations and Standards… Oh my!

Make “Paperwork” Smarter

Managing Data and Healthcare Regulations Efficiently

Managing Privileged Users on IBM i

Modern Monitoring Methods for Power Systems

Oh no! Another Audit!

PCI Compliance for Power Systems Running IBM i

PCI DSS Compliance with Managed File Transfer

Pillars Of Data Protection

Protecting your Data – How Much Security is Enough?

Revolutionizing System i Application Modernization

Secure Inside and Out: Maximizing Intrusion Detection on IBM i

SOA What? Why SOA is Critical for iSeries RPG Shops

Solving the Little Things with Automation for IBM Power Systems

Storing Metadata the Profound UI Way

Supply Chain Synchronization: Recession-proof Strategies for Improving Efficiencies

System Modernization Survival Guide

The Eight Pillars of an Enterprise Application Architecture

The Hidden Cost of Compliance

Top Security Issues for the Integrated File System (IFS)

Using Microsoft .NET to Build Scalable Enterprise IBM i Applications

Using Software for Compliance…

Ways to Use IBM i Audit Journal

What Authorities Do Programmers Really Need?

Why Companies Fail PCI Audits - Handouts

 

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Best Practices for IBM i Security Administration

In this Webinar, based on her just-released e-book on Security Administration, Carol Woodbury, the authority in IBM i Security, discusses the tasks every IBM i Security Administrator should perform.  From system values to managing user profiles, administering authorities and handling IFS security issues, Carol provides guidance for automating tasks as well as tips for simplifying them.


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3 Trends Changing Expectations Inside IBM i Shops

Released: May 14, 2014. UPDATED: June 18, 2014

 

As the IBM i platform closes in on its silver anniversary, there are more than a few operators with ties tracing back to the very beginning. As any one of them can tell you, their roles have likely undergone more changes than the technology itself in that time.


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