In the Wheelhouse: Effecting Change for IBM i

COMMON just made the gathering of community feedback that much easier.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

I've just returned from the COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition in Anaheim, California. Wow! I was exhausted from the conference even before I took the red-eye flight from LAX on Wednesday night back toward the East Coast. My step-counter is proof of my sore feet, and my fuzzy decision-making whilst considering the expensive food at LAX is proof of information overload and lack of sleep, but I return home armed with information about hardware, strategies for backup and recovery, and even life lessons about managing change and stress. The great thing about COMMON is that it arms and invigorates you to head back and implement things that you learned. And when you tell your boss about those things and the ways you intend to apply them, you're helping to justify going back to COMMON next year.

TechTip: BRMS for the i, Part 1

BRMS is the strategic tool for backup and recovery support for the IBM i, but how many of us really understand it? In many ways, it's intuitive. But there are still some things you should know.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

BRMS. Backup Restore Media Services.


If you're in the i world, then this is IBM's strategic tool for you to control your backups and, in the event something awful happens, your recovery. It provides a fairly large range of options and also a structure that helps you organize your backups and tell the difference between them a little easier than remembering that BK0703C is the monthly backup and BK0702C is the daily backup. I like to think of BRMS as a two-headed beast.

Partner TechTip: Keep Friends Close and Powerful Users Closer

Your IBM i users are human—and prone to putting sensitive information at risk.

robin tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

Information will always be at risk, thanks to human failings like greed and incompetence. As guardians of our enterprise data, it's our responsibility to deploy controls and enforce policies designed to reduce the risk of a data breach, no matter what might cause it.


Note that I didn't say eliminate risk—that's an important distinction. If history has taught us anything, it's the old cliché "where there is a will there is a way." We have to accept that there is no such thing as zero risk.

What's New in DB2 for i with TR2 for 7.2

Something for everyone! Which one is your favorite?

Written by Scott Forstie

Once again, it's time to talk about the Technology Refresh timed enhancements to DB2 for i. When I reflected on how I would describe this topic in a "short and sweet" manner, I thought about a recent business trip I made to Indianapolis. While looking for a present to bring my family, I happened upon the Rocket Fizz candy store. One of the many great things about this store is their wall of saltwater taffy. You (the customer) get to pick and choose from the many flavors to savor. I crammed a bag full of these tasty bites and, upon my return home, was greeted ever so warmly by my sweet-tooth family. What does this have to do with DB2 for i? Much like my favorite candy store, we have a wide array of enhancements for you. Something for everyone, regardless of your specific area of interest. Read on and see if you find something sweet.

When Management Turns Its Back on Security: The Business Effects

Something is preventing management from understanding the need to secure its electronic data.

Written by SkyView Partners

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "When Management Turns Its Back on Security: The Business Effects" available free at the MC White Paper Center.


One of the great mysteries as we walk into an IBM i shop is the lock on the computer room door. Often, when we first start consulting engagements, we are given a tour of the facility, and inevitably it includes a tour of the "raised floor" computer room, outfitted with expensive air-handling equipment and protected by a door that requires specific authorization to enter. The mystery is that, while all this expensive hardware needs physical protection, the company's most valuable assets are wide open to people who don't need access to them.

TechTip: What Do You Need to Get Set Up to Do PHP on the IBM i?

PHP doesn't run in RSE or PDM, so how do you set up scripts (not programs) or do your testing? Do you need a PC? Or can you do it from the i?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

RPG runs natively on the i. You create your program in a source file using PDM or RSE and then compile. Everything that RPG needs to do its thing is already built into the IBM i. PHP isn't like that. You need to do a little bit of work to get it to function.


I know you'd prefer to just dive into things. But you can't do that with PHP on the i because some effort is required to get it to work. So pay attention: this is important stuff.



Profound UI 5.5 Brings RPG Open Access to IBM i Green Screens with the New Genie Handler Feature

Upcoming Profound UI release introduces an RPG Open Access Handler for Genie; offers new chart capabilities for Visual Designer.

m-Power Enhanced with Hadoop Connectivity

Software developer mrc announces Hadoop connectivity within m-Power.

PowerTech's State of IBM i Security Study Uncovers Flawed System Settings That Leave Data Vulnerable

PowerTech, a division of HelpSystems and leader in security solutions for IBM i servers, today announced the release of the 2015 State of IBM i Security Study.

Highly Integrated Workflow for Software CMS Revolutionizes the Way IBM i Developers Work

IBM i users benefit greatly from software change management tools and their ability to provide total control over the application lifecycle.

IBM Software Announcements April 27, 2015

IBM i 7.2 TR 2 and IBM i 7.1 TR 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for Power, and more.

IBM Hardware Announcements April 27, 2015

Power Systems I/O options, System Storage DCS3700 expansion unit and controller, DCS3860, and more.

Enhanced System Monitoring, Smoother Operation

Bug Busters Software Engineering announced Release 10.1 of their RSF and RSF-HA applications for the IBM i.

Enhanced System Monitoring, Smoother Operation

Bug Busters Software Engineering announced Release 10.1 of their RSF and RSF-HA applications for the IBM i.

OpenLegacy Announces Major Version Release of Open-Source Legacy Modernization, Integration Platform

OpenLegacy, the open-source legacy modernization and integration platform provider, announced the availability of its Version 2.1, containing new enhancements that make deployment of new Web and mobile applications integrated to backend legacy systems even faster and easier for customers, community users and partners.

Why MB Software & Consulting, Inc.?

Workload Performance Series software makes it easy to proactively pinpoint and correct the specific causes of system performance issues.



Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL

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