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Partner TechTip: Consolidating Data from Remote Databases Made Easier with SEQUEL Script Views PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Stegeman   
Friday, 07 June 2013 00:00

Access Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, and other databases with IBM i queries.

mike stegemanWritten by Mike Stegeman

Businesses today have grown or evolved into multi-platform organizations. Often, the best available or most affordable software for one area of the business resides on a platform that's different from other areas.

 

Some of the most widely used Customer Relationship Management (CRM) packages run on a PC platform such as Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL, but many accounting or production (ERP) packages rely on the dependable IBM i with DB2 as the built-in database.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:49
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TechTip: DB2 Web Query and Excel Spreadsheets: Easy as Pie! Part II PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gene Cobb   
Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

Did you know DB2 Web Query has output options to send your reports directly to Excel? Learn about some of the tool's features that will help you easily and quickly build Excel spreadsheets.

gene cobbWritten by Gene Cobb

In part 1 of this series, "TechTip: DB2 Web Query and Excel Spreadsheets: Easy as Pie!, Part I," I provided an introduction on the basic DB2 Web Query output options to Excel spreadsheets. In this TechTip, I expand upon those capabilities and show you how to take advantage of Excel's multiple worksheet capability by using the following DB2 Web Query features: table of contents and compound documents.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 14:36
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Partner TechTip: Is Your Query Tool Right for You? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heath Kath   
Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

Users need a flexible query tool that is powerful and easy to use.

heath kathWritten by Heath Kath

Is your query tool up to date and function-rich? Are you able to build queries that end users, managers, and departments can use? Can it collect data from or send data to other systems or platforms? Does it provide run-time prompting? Does it handle data-mapping errors, especially around numeric date fields? Does it take advantage of SQL Query Engine (SQE) to improve run-time performance? Does it provide multiple interfaces—green-screen, Web browser, and GUI? Can it send query results directly to a PC document (.xlsx, PDF, text, HTML, etc.)?

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 12:41
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TechTip: Check Out the New DB2 for i HTTP Functions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Sansoterra   
Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

Use these new functions to easily extend your applications to the web.

Written by Michael Sansoterra

If you've been waiting for a DB2 for i feature that is unprecedented in power and simplicity, get ready to become "unhinged." Further, prepare to hammer on your IBM i admin to install the latest database fixes, because DB2 for i 7.1 Group PTF Level 22 introduces a suite of functions that allow developers to make all manner of HTTP requests. (Actually, Level 22 had a problem, so you should skip right to the latest level, which is currently 23.) Right out of the box and without fancy programming, your apps can easily speak to a cloud server or intranet application server to download a file, contact a web service, or retrieve the source of a web page, to name a few possibilities.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:13
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Partner TechTip: Three Target Areas for Successful KPI Rollout PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Stegeman   
Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

More companies, across all industries, are gathering data in huge quantities. They have determined that data is the key to their business and are using it to guide their organizations.

mike stegemanWritten by Mike Stegeman

What is a Key Performance Indicator? Every task can have a KPI, but which information is measured should be unique to your organization. Sales goals, net income targets, production efficiency, and downtime are just a few of the possible areas ready for a KPI. You need to start with an overall organizational KPI or goal for every other measurable KPI to adhere to.

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
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Partner TechTip: Your Whole Team Needs Access to Your Enterprise Data PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Stegeman   
Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Access Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, and other databases with IBM i queries.

mike_stegemanWritten by Mike Stegeman

Where is your business data? Is it all in IBM i DB2, or do you have data in MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, or Oracle databases? Do you need to consolidate this data across DB2 partitions? Does your current reporting and data access solution consolidate and provide instant access to this remote data? Do your developers need to move or modify data from one database to another?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:13
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TechTip: Simplify Stored Procedure Upgrades with Parameter Defaults PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kent Milligan   
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

A new PTF makes it all so easy.

kent milligan 117x117Written by Kent Milligan

The use of DB2 for i stored procedures by IBM i developers is on the rise. With stored procedures entrenched in application environments, developers are quickly learning that an upgraded version of a stored procedure featuring new input parameters requires a number of coding changes to be made. All of the programs that invoke the stored procedure need to be modified to pass values for the new parameters.

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 January 2013 09:35
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TechTip: Free Database Modernization Diagnostic Utility PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Resolution Software Ltd.   
Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Save days of analysis by using this free utility to help gauge the scope and effort involved in migrating your DDS-generated files to SQL DDL.

Written by Resolution Software

By now, almost everyone knows that SQL is the strategic database interface for IBM i. Nearly every DB2 for i enhancement made since V5R1 has been SQL-only, including XML and ROWID data types, automatic key generation with identity columns, OLAP capabilities, column-level and instead-of triggers, autonomic indexes, and self-learning query optimizations.

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00
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