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$30 million, 5-year IBM investment unites developers to solve pressing social issues; benefits UN Human Rights Office, Red Cross in partnership with Linux Foundation and creator David Clark Cause
VIVA TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE -- IBM and partners today launched the Call for Code Global Initiative, the largest and most ambitious effort to bring startup, academic and enterprise developers together to solve one of the most pressing societal issues of our time: preventing, responding to and recovering from natural disasters.
COMMON, the largest association of IBM technology users, announced its new Board of Directors during the Meeting of the Members at the Marriott Rivercenter hotel today. With election results in, Amy Hoerle was reelected to the Board of Directors. She is joined by Pete Helgren and Scott Klement, all serving three-year terms.
New MarkMagic Version 9.5 Features New Field Types, Support for New Printers, and Enhanced PDF Capabilities To Help Customers Embrace E-Commerce.
CYBRA Corporation, the developers of MarkMagic Barcode Labels, RFID Tags, and Electronic Forms Software, and Edgefinity IoT RFID and RTLS Software, has announced the general availability of MarkMagic 9.5, an all-new version of the popular software used by thousands of customers worldwide.
Regulation and Consumer Sentiment Causing Industry to Rethink Relationship with Data; 80% Cutting Down on Amount of Personal Data They Keep
A new study from IBM (NYSE: IBM) reveals that nearly 60 percent of organizations surveyed are embracing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as an opportunity to improve privacy, security, data management or as catalyst for new business models, rather than simply a compliance issue or impediment.
To reduce their exposure, the study indicated that the majority of companies are being more selective in the data they collect and manage, with 70 percent disposing of data ahead of the deadline for compliance.
I’ve been asked this question many times recently. The short answer is yes…and no. Keep reading to get a grasp on these two very important concepts and get to the long answer.
By Rafael Victória-Pereira
As explained in previous articles (parts 1, 2, and 3), having a lot of data is not, by itself, very helpful. You need tools (like the Hadoop Framework I covered in the last couple of articles) and techniques to extract value from the data. Machine Learning (ML) techniques are a good place to start. However, things get a bit fuzzy when you start reading about this topic, because it’s often mixed up with Artificial Intelligence (AI), and some articles go as far as saying that ML and AI are one and the same. This is not entirely correct. Let me start by explaining what ML is and how you can put it to good use with minimal effort.
First steps to a successful cloud migration: know the cloud’s risks and how it will fit in the enterprise’s IT structure
by Graham Williamson
Editor’ note: This chapter is excerpted from chapter 5 of Identity Management: A Business Perspective (MC Press, 2016).
The cloud provides an ideal opportunity for organizations to rethink their identity management (IdM) environment and plan an approach that will not only allow them to manage their cloud-based future but also exploit the capabilities of the cloud to drive an innovative and agile organization.
With Red Hat Package Manager (RPM), IBM aligns itself with the open-source community.
By Steve Pitcher
From what I can tell, this story has not been covered anywhere, and that really surprises me. This is arguably one of the most important updates to IBM i in the history of the operating system. Not since the advent of PASE has there been an enhancement with the potential that this has. Now that's a tall order, I know.
Rather than rewrite older business applications, consider using a method such as APIs, stored procedures, or UDFs to access legacy app functions
By Laura Ubelhor and Christian Hur
Making the decision to include Web applications as part of your business systems doesn’t mean you have to scrap the applications already in use. It might make sense to leave some of these applications as they are, and only deploy select applications on the Web. Many organizations already have applications in which they have invested considerable resources, time, and money. Many of these applications are stable and still well suited to the business requirements. There is no reason to rewrite all your applications unless a business need requires a change.
Drag-and-drop tools, automation of most under-the-cover functions, and an AI assist make AppyPie's mobile device app building platform easy as...well, you know.
By John Ghrist
Another contestant in the sweepstakes of the do-it-yourself type of mobile application development platforms is AppyPie. Founded in 2013, AppyPie offers its application builder as a web service that walks users through every step of the process and generates apps for Amazon Fire OS, Android, Apple iPhone, BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows 10 phones. What's more, it provides additional hand-holding assistance for such after-development functions as publishing apps, monetizing them, and using them as the foundation of a service business. As of this writing, AppyPie's homepage scoreboard shows more than 1.8 million apps generated using its service.
The threat of malware infecting your IBM is a real danger. Use these tips to lower your risk of being affected.
By Carol Woodbury
Several things can be done to reduce your exposure to malware - be it some sort of virus or ransomware or the latest type of malware, cryptomining software. I often talk about the need to implement multiple layers of defense, or "defense in depth." This area of security demands the same sort of planning. Determine what technology should catch the first layer of threats and then determine what would happen if that layer is breached. What's stopping the malware from wreaking havoc with your system?
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Lone workers, by the very nature of their jobs, are often at risk of injury or worse. Is your organization aware of the steps they can take to react to these disasters in real time? Can you ensure you are compliant with government safety regulations?
By attending this free webinar you will learn new ways to respond to the most common risks facing lone workers.
DATE: Wednesday June 6th
TIME: 12 PM EST
Even simple tasks and accidents can become life-threatening if no one is near the endangered employee. Learn about new, cutting edge technology that prevent accidents from turning into disasters.
In this engaging and informative webinar you will learn how to:
- Have the nearest responders immediately notified when any worker is in distress
- Ensure rapid response to a lone worker's health emergency
- Summon help immediately and discreetly in an active assailant scenario
- Guide responders automatically through your Emergency Action Plan
Johnathan Schino, RFID Projects Director, CYBRA Corporation
Mr. Schino is an expert at developing elegant solutions to customer problems previously thought to be insoluble, and has been developing solutions for the utilities sector, Fortune 500, manufacturing, schools, and airports for over 10 years.
Ben Jakubovic, CPP, PSP, Senior Safety & Security System Architect, CYBRA Corporation
CYBRA's senior safety & security system architect, Ben Jakubovic, CPP, PSP, a member of the National Safety Council and the ASIS Utilities Council Subject Matter Expert on RFID, will field all attendees questions regarding existing best practices as well as newly available solutions which dramatically enhance employee safety, mustering and evacuation speed and efficiency, as well as workplace violence and response.
- 06 June 2018 - 06 June 2018
- World Wide Web
- 20 June 2018 - 20 June 2018
- World Wide Web
common-sense approach to IBM i modernization and revitalization.
We can help with all of these issues
- Our users and customers are frustrated with our IBM i's green screen user interface
- Management is clamoring for IBM i mobile apps but don't have the skills or time to build them
- With RPG programmers in limited supply, I'm worried about the future of our critical RPG application
- Our team is slammed with projects and we need programming help
- I need to make my RPG programmers and C#/VB programmers a cohesive team
- Management has dictated we move off the IBM i and migrate our RPG to another platform. Help!
- We need to create a set of IBM i-driven Web services for our business partners
- Our existing RPG apps need to be available to our sales force on wireless tablets
- 17 May 2018 - 17 May 2018
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Join us at OCEAN TechCon18 and learn how to innovate and modernize all aspects of IT from Systems Administration to Development to Management!
Outstanding speakers including Patrick Behr, Jim Denton, Erwin Earley, Susan Gantner, Brian May, Barbara Morris, Eamon Musallam, Linda O'Neil, Mike Pavlak, Stephanie Rabbani, Tim Rowe, Alan Seiden, Paul Tuohy, Carol Woodbury, and others will be covering the latest tools & techniques including:
- How to Access & Manage your IBM i - POWER9
- RPG Talks to Watson - Watson Case Studies
- Database Revitalization - Writing Better SQL
- Innovation Success Stories - Git - Reusable APIs
- Using Open Source on POWER9 - PHP
- DATA-INTO: Like XML-INTO but for JSON, CSV...you name it!
- Hands-on Python - Hands-on Procedures & Service Programs
- RDi - Organizing an ILE Application
- IBM i Security Best Practices - Lessons Learned from a Hack
- ACS for Programmers - ACS for Systems Administrators
- And many more presentations!
OCEAN TechCon18 is an exceptional value with member pricing as low as $175 for Thursday & Friday, plus an additional $50 for Saturday.
Thursday, July 19th - Modernization & Professional Development Day
Friday, July 20th - Educational Sessions & Premier Vendor Expo
Friday Evening, July 20th - Casual Dinner with IBM i Themed Musical Interlude
Saturday, July 21st - Workshops & Hands-on Labs
The conference will take place at National University in Costa Mesa, California.
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. See you this July!
Margaret Matthews - OCEAN VP - Conference Chair
- 19 July 2018 - 21 July 2018
- National University
- Costa Mesa, California.
Internships are an excellent way to build your staff for the future. They don’t always work out, but they are still integral to your team and the IBM i community as a whole.
By Brian May
I have long been a proponent of IBM i shops having internship programs. There is no better way to ensure that your company has the resources it needs to thrive than to cultivate the talent you need. This does not come without work, but the benefits far outweigh the investment.
These days, consumers expect retailers to provide information tailored personally just for them.
In the industry’s current disruptive environment, retail and consumer product companies are competing with new business models and being forced to refresh their consumer experiences and brand engagements to be more relevant.
A new IBM study finds retailers' current strategies to deliver engaging brand experiences are not keeping pace with what customers’ expect and want out of their brick and click shopping experiences.
Do you realize how many of your personal or business devices are connected to the Internet? Let's talk about that.
By Jan Jorgensen
The Internet of Things (IoT): You've heard somebody talk about it; or you've read about it in a newspaper, in a tech magazine, or on a website; or you've attended a seminar or conference where somebody told you about the next big thing.
IBM i Access Client Solutions’ requirement for LAN console may finally force tension for change.
By Steve Pitcher
A few short years ago, IBM released Access Client Solutions (ACS): a lightweight, Java-based application for basic user necessities like 5250 emulation and spooled file management. It had a link to the web-based Navigator for i product, data transfer, plus the ability to do 5250 console and access a virtual control panel. It also provided a link to the Hardware Management Console (HMC) web interface…so technically two features were links. Check out one of the original how-to videos describing what it did. Very bare bones compared to what the product does now. But you have to start somewhere.
IBM Notes Domino gets a new future with HCL Technologies.
By Steve Pitcher
On October 25, 2017, IBM announced (well, they blogged it) that they were entering into a strategic partnership with HCL Technologies to give the following products a new lease on development life:
Ghosts and witches—they’re kid stuff. But there really are other things to be afraid of.
By Victoria Mack
This being October, Steve Pitcher has a bit of a Halloween scare for you. But this goblin isn’t a fantasy. It’s real. IBM has announced end of support for the exceptionally popular POWER7 machines. Will IBM offer extended hardware maintenance? Who knows? It hasn’t happened yet. Read Steve’s article to see his perceptions of what some may consider a truly horrifying announcement.