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October 2, 2015 | Volume 12 Issue 38


TOP STORY: TechTip: Watson, Talk to Me
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: More Compliance, Better Security, Less Work!
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Shield Announces Feature Enhancements for JOG4i
WHITE PAPER: The Business Case for IBM i Green Screen Modernization
EVENT: 2015 IBM Systems Technical University

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Feature Article - TechTip
TechTip: Watson, Talk to Me

You can access the power of Watson from your IBM i using Node.js.

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

Do you feel that itch? The one you aren't sure if you can reach but know you should try? Yeah, it's the itch to expand the horizons of your IBM i to make use of Watson.

What Is Watson?

You've most likely heard of Watson at this point. It was the machine used to take on Jeopardy champions a few years ago. And it won! You can see a video of Watson competing here. Truly, this was a brilliant marketing play by IBM, but it was only the beginning. Now Watson is being used for (in my opinion) much more significant purposes, like healthcare.


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Partner TechTip: More Compliance, Better Security, Less Work!

Empower IBM i to conduct its own compliance verification and enforcement.

robin tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

IT professionals often complain about the burden of managing security and maintaining compliance. As an added challenge, IBM i staff typically lack formal (or even informal) training in these disciplines. Risk is elevated when organizations ignore the reality that most Power servers operate without adequate security controls.


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Don't miss these great Featured White Papers:

The Business Case for IBM i Green Screen Modernization

We've all heard the complaints from IBM i users: "Green screens look outdated. I want to use my mouse. What about mobile?"

Before decision-makers approve your modernization project, you'll need to make a compelling business case and highlight why it’s about more than giving your applications a pretty face. It's also about adding value to your IBM i.

Download this ebook to learn about the top business reasons for green screen modernization, including:

  • Modern, browser-based look and functionality
  • Improved workflows and access to information
  • Leveraging and future-proofing existing applications
  • Increased end-user productivity
  • Taking advantage of mobile devices

You'll also see real-world examples that include screenshots and links to videos.


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Practical Analytics for IBM i Users

Big data and analytics grab the headlines, but chances are there are users in your office who simply need better query and analytical tools that work with your real-time operational data. NGS, IBM and numerous other vendors offer solutions, but it can be a challenge to understand their features and costs. This White Paper helps by examining:

  • IBM’s analytics and services strategy
  • IBM Query/400 and DB2 Web Query V2.1
  • IBM Cognos and other BI software
  • the value of DB2 on IBM i

The White Paper contrasts NGS and IBM offerings from a design and cost of ownership perspective. It also provides insight into IBM's business strategy and the frequently overlooked benefits of DB2 on i.

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Automate IBM i Operations using Wireless Devices

Download the technical whitepaper on MANAGING YOUR IBM i WIRELESSLY and (optionally) register to download an absolutely FREE software trail. This whitepaper provides an in-depth review of the native IBM i technology and ACO MONITOR™'s advanced two-way messaging features to remotely manage your IBM i while in or away from the office. Notify on-duty personnel of system events and remotely respond to complex problems (via your Smartphone) before they become critical-24/7. Problem solved!

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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.

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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!

Element BreakOvercoming Common IBM i Mobile Development Challenges

Creating mobile applications for IBM i on Power Systems doesn't have to be difficult! Mobile applications can take your business to new levels of engagement, customer support and competitiveness. By making your ERP, Sales, Line of Business, and other applications mobile, you empower your workforce to get more done - from anywhere, at any time. If your business runs on IBM i (formerly known as AS400 or iSeries) there's no need to worry. You can easily make your RPG applications available on any mobile device!
Read this free white paper, and learn how you can overcome the most common challenges to mobile for IBM i shops, including:

  • How to go mobile with limited staff or budget
  • How to make any RPG developer a mobile superstar
  • Whether to choose hybrid or native development
  • How to ease BYOD development stress

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