TechTip: Building Charts with Highcharts, Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Dev Tools
Written by Jan Jorgensen   
Friday, 22 May 2015 00:00

Create your first charts using the best chart tool ever!

jan jorgensenWritten by Jan Jorgensen

During the last few months, I have been working on a project to present web-based reports as charts. When we started the project, no chart tool was selected and we had a few rules that had to be taken into account:

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:54
Partner TechTip: Data Visualization: Three Keys to Enhancing Business Insight with SEQUEL PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Database
Written by Mike Stegeman   
Friday, 22 May 2015 00:00

Giving users data in a modern, usable format helps them work more efficiently, and SEQUEL makes this happen without even leaving IBM i.

mike stegemanWritten by Mike Stegeman

IBM i costs 45 percent less than running Linux servers and 54 percent less than Windows servers, according to a 2014 study by ITG. These calculations are based on the average cost of hardware, licenses, support, personnel, and facilities over a three-year period.


While the DB2 database on IBM i is proven to be the most cost-effective platform, some companies are still moving to or adding others. Ease of use is a major factor. Organizations need their members to work effectively, and seeing data in modern, straightforward formats improves productivity.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:42
TechTip: Data Storage as a Service (SaaS) PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Leo Salvaggio   
Friday, 15 May 2015 00:00

Data Storage as a Service can reduce both the workload and the cost of data storage for IBM i systems.

leo salvaggioWritten by Leo Salvaggio

We hear it every day: Back up your information, secure your data. It is the elephant in the room, the voice that keeps on nagging. The threat of a data breach or loss of valuable data is real. Data disruption, whether through a breach or disaster, has major repercussions on all organizations, often ending in company closure. So why are so many organizations still piecing together their data storage and management solutions?

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 00:00
TechTip: Routing Away Your QZDASOINIT Troubles PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Database
Written by Kent Milligan   
Friday, 08 May 2015 00:00

Utilize a new procedure to better manage host server job performance.

kent milligan 117x117Written by Kent Milligan

The good news in the IBM i world is that more and more applications and tools are using modern, industry-standard interfaces such as ODBC, ADO.NET, and JDBC to access DB2 for i databases. The bad news from a systems management perspective is that all of those interfaces by default run in the same subsystem (QUSRWRK) on your IBM i servers. Analysts utilizing an ODBC-based reporting tool are competing for the same resources as those users who are using a JDBC-based OLTP application. Both sets of users have workloads running in QZDASOINIT jobs in the same subsystem.

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TechTip: BRMS for the i, Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - High Availability / Disaster Recovery
Written by David Shirey   
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

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.

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00
Partner TechTip: Keep Friends Close and Powerful Users Closer PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Security
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

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.

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00
TechTip: What Do You Need to Get Set Up to Do PHP on the IBM i? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Web Languages
Written by David Shirey   
Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00

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.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:36
TechTip: Node.js Is Here. What to Do? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Programming
Written by Aaron Bartell   
Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00

In the fall of 2014, IBM introduced the Node.js platform to IBM i. Learn what it is and what you can do with it.

aaron bartellWritten by Aaron Bartell

Right now is a very exciting time for open source on IBM i. Not only have a number of new technologies like Ruby and Node.js garnered formal ports to the machine, there are also hints of what's coming next from IBM on their developerWorks sitein particular, Python, gcc, and Git. Each of these has already been made to work on IBM i by way of, but now IBM is making them additions to the new 5733OPS licensed program, which means they are fully supported. That's a big deal because it conveys intent and direction!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:29
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