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April 11, 2014 | Volume 11 Issue 15


TOP STORY: TechTip: Installing IBM Connections on IBM i, Part 1
FEATURED ARTICLE: Partner TechTip: The Many Ways Robot Supports SNMP
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 8 Offers Performance, Usability, and Integration Enhancements
MC BUYER'S GUIDE: DBXFlex Report Writer / Query Tool 
MC INDUSTRY BLOGS: IBM i Automation Blog 
EVENT: Automate these 6 Areas to Maximize your IBM i Investment

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TechTip: Installing IBM Connections on IBM i, Part 1

I'm going to show you how to install Connections on IBM i over the course of a few TechTips.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

In a recent article, I explained what IBM Connections is and why IBM i is a fantastic operating system to run it on. Installing Connections on other platforms requires a number of servers. While installation on IBM i is by far more simplistic, there are still a lot of steps.



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Partner TechTip: The Many Ways Robot Supports SNMP

Is your SNMP enterprise management solution busting your budget? Do you even have a trap-monitoring product in place? Learn how Robot products can double as an inexpensive solution for SNMP management.

chuck losinskiWritten by Chuck Losinski

SNMP (or simple network management protocol) is the network management and monitoring standard in the IT industry. Many devicessuch as switches, routers, printers, and servershave this protocol built in. SNMP is also used as one of the notification and escalation methodologies available in Robot products. Take as example a disk failure message or application message waiting and intercepted by Robot, or issues regarding a Robot-submitted job that ended abnormally. Typically, these events (SNMP traps) are directed to a central SNMP manager, which may be a central, corporate-wide, problem-ticketing system or management console. They can also be directed to Robot if you do not have a trap-monitoring product already in place (see Robot/TRAPPER below).


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DBXFlex125x75DBXFlex report writer / query tool extracts data from IBM i, iSeries and AS/400 database files creating custom reports directly to Excel and PDF.  



  • Extract data from one or multiple IBM i data files to create custom reports
  • Output directly to Excel, PDF, CSV and print files
  • Perform record and field selection
  • Add calculations, color, sort, justification, date format etc.
  • Runs on any IBM System running IBM OS V5R1 or higher

Standalone module can pre-process spooled files for use by other IBM i software applications.

DBXFlex provides flexibility over legacy reporting allowing users to create reports by accessing the data they want, and outputting to formats they need, delivered by email and archived to network servers. . For a closer look, schedule an online demonstration, or request a free trial


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Tools for Modernizing IBM i Applications

Submitted by Tom Huntington on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:40pm


How can IBM i applications be modernized and brought in line with evolving enterprise expectations for user experience and extensibility? Much of the software for the platform still runs code from the 1990s, which is understandable given binary compatibility, but the truth is that the standard “green screen” isn’t state-of-the-art anymore.