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IBM today announced the release of a new version of its Financial Transaction Manager (FTM) solution, updated and containerized to run on Red Hat OpenShift and designed to help banks and financial institutions take advantage of the flexibility of hybrid cloud.
FTM is an integrated payments platform that integrates, orchestrates and monitors financial payments and transactions in real-time. It is designed to deliver consistent processing across multiple payment types, enabling banks and financial institutions to bring their varied payment operations onto a single platform for clearer, easier management and better performance. In addition to being engineered for speeding processing and unearthing financial behavioral patterns, the software can also help banks speed the development and delivery of new products and services.
New Service Translates Security Risk Exposure for Areas Like Cloud, M&A and Remote Work into Financial Terms
IBM Security today announced a new risk-based service designed to help organizations apply the same analytics used for traditional business decisions to cybersecurity spending priorities. IBM's new Risk Quantification Services creates risk assessments to help clients identify, prioritize and quantify security risk as they weigh decisions such as deploying new technologies, making investments in their business and changing processes.
Collaboration includes enhanced PHP RPMs and support services
Today Seiden Group, specialists in IBM i open source development, announces an exclusive partnership with Chubu System Co., Ltd (CSC) to bring business-ready Community PHP for IBM i to organizations in Japan. Their joint service offering, known as CS^2, includes migration to Community PHP, access to an enhanced, tested repository of PHP RPMs, and technical support.
In December 2019, IBM and Perforce Software released license-free Community PHP as the next generation replacement to Zend Server Basic, which reaches end-of-life in June 2021. Almost immediately, IBM i organizations began requesting help from Seiden Group for Community PHP implementations, special requirements, and support. Since then, Seiden Group has updated and enhanced numerous modules to work with Community PHP, including both commonly used modules such as ibm_db2, SSH2, and LDAP, and specialty modules.
“Our collaboration with CSC began with us enhancing ibm_db2 to support double byte character sets,” explains Alan Seiden, Principal of Seiden Group. “From the beginning, they impressed us with their technical depth and their commitment to helping their customers achieve stable, responsive PHP environments. It’s a pleasure and an honor to work with them to support their customer base.”
According to Yoshiki Ushida, Technical Architect at CSC, Seiden Group’s response times and technical expertise gave CSC confidence in recommending Community PHP to their clients.
“We quickly realized that Seiden Group was the right team to help us bring this amazing technology to Japan’s IBM i community,” says Ushida. “CS^2 incorporates the only repository that guarantees DBCS compatibility. It’s also the only repository that provides the additional security of signed RPM packages. Through this partnership, the number of secure, supported, DBCS-compatible packages available with CS^2 will continue to increase.”
About Seiden Group
Seiden Group specializes in the development and support of innovative, reliable software solutions using PHP, Node.js, Python, IBM i, Db2, API and open source technologies. They advise and assist CIOs, IT Directors, and IBM i teams in all phases of modernization and development—from training, to setting up and supporting the ideal development environment, to architecting and coding solutions that people love to use.
About Chubu System Co., Ltd (CSC)
Idaho Secretary of State's Office has adopted IBM Watson Assistant to help nearly 1 million voters ahead of 2020 general elections
With COVID-19 causing uncertainty about voting logistics and procedures across the country, IBM has technology to help states use the AI capabilities of Watson to put this critical data and information directly into the hands of voters.
With states facing a deluge of information requests related to voting procedures, citizens may face wait times to receive answers to their most frequently asked questions.
As artificial intelligence infuses into the fabric of society, current and future generations are becoming more dependent on it for making every decision. Humans and AI are coexisting side by side creating a new society. Hopefully, it will remain symbiotic.
By Mark Simmonds
Looking back over my 50 plus years on this planet, I realize that each decade has been associated with something significant. Staying away from political scandals, the ’60s was about color TVs, the hippie movement, and youth-oriented countercultures. The ’70s I associate with VCRs, early cell phones, disco, glam rock music, flared pants, and high waistbands. The ’80s brought personal hi-fi systems, microwave ovens, personal computers, the beginning of the end of the cold war, the fall of the Berlin wall, yuppies, Rubik’s cube, the AIDS crisis. The ’90s saw a sharp adoption of personal computers and laptops and the birth of the Internet, which really changed life as we knew it. The 2000’s was “digital everything,” the rise of social media, and a global financial crisis. The 2010s bring to mind smartphone proliferation, online shopping, social media becoming the main way for millennials to communicate, a focus on climate change, and what I refer to as “the second birth” of artificial intelligence.
Top reasons to look at performance before you leap to the cloud
Imagine your boss says it’s time to migrate to the cloud. He’s excited about being the first on the block, plus it would look good to eliminate the capital expenditure (capex) of your on-prem data center. So, what’s it going to take?
There is no doubt that 2020's events are sparking change for organizations that rely on IBM i systems. There are companies that will not survive the next few months and others that have gone into hibernation in hopes that they will endure. Some are thriving because they have been able to pivot to help during these challenging times.
by Fresche Solutions
What is Digital Transformation and why is it so critical? From discussions I’ve had with many, it seems to be a buzzword that is often related to technologies and not to something tangible, business and human-focused. Let’s look at one of the more popular definitions from leading market analysts Gartner.
Is there a foolproof way to enter single quotes (') in a Control Language (CL) program variable without having to double them?
By Sam Lennon
Nearly everyone knows that to embed a quotation mark in a CL variable you have to double it. To putNAME='SMITH'in a variable, you have to enter'NAME=''SMITH'''. Enter an uneven number of quote marks and the CL prompter will attempt, and nearly always fail, to fix if for you, which can make entering code challenging and sometimes frustrating. What if we could use a double quote ("), and then easily replace each with a single quote programmatically?
In this second and final part of this short series about mobile app dev, let’s talk about grids and glyphicons.
By Jan Jorgensen
In a previous article, I covered how the grid system in Bootstrap works, so in order not to bore you I will try not to repeat myself.
The grid system in version 4 is still based on a maximum of 12 columns! But even though the grid system seems the same from version 3 to 4, something has changed under the hood. In Bootstrap 3, the grid system was based on floats, but that changed in Bootstrap 4; it is now based on flexbox.
While it’s easy enough to know whether my own connection to IBM i is secure—that is, encrypted—how can I tell whether all connections are encrypted?
By Carol Woodbury
Some organizations have a requirement that all connections to their IBM i be encrypted. I applaud those organizations and encourage everyone to adopt this practice. Most organizations encrypt outbound connections, but not everyone encrypts internal traffic. Encrypting all communication (including internal) ensures that no passwords or data are flowing anywhere in cleartext.
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September 29, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
The use of encrypted sessions is both an effective way to prevent credential theft, as well as a requirement for numerous laws and regulations.
In this session, security expert Robin Tatam shows you how to configure the replacement for Client Access—Access Client Solutions—to use an encrypted (TLS) session.
This webinar will include an example of using your IBM i as a CA (Certificate Authority). You’ll also see an example of creating a request to send to a well-known CA to create the digital certificate you’ll need to assign to the servers to enable encrypted communications.
- 29 September 2020 - 29 September 2020
- World Wide Web
November 9-11, 2020
Hilton, Virginia Beach, Va
Do you run IBM i? Take this opportunity to network with fellow peers.
Join our upcoming Annual MAGiC Conference to tap into our energized IBM i community. Industry-leading educators provide invaluable insight into new and emerging technologies with practical working solutions for your own environment.
We are doing things a little different this year! If you are a developer on IBM i you won't want to miss this! This year the conference is focused on taking a green screen application and transforming it to a web application. Over the two and half days, we will use a traditional green screen application as the frame of reference and the sessions will build upon each other resulting in a web application done in PHP, Node.js and Python.
The sessions will be broken up into smaller groups promoting more interaction between the presenter and attendees.
Whether you are new to these technologies or an intermediate we have the sessions for you.
If you are on the systems side, we have you covered also. Larry Bolhuis will be doing a full day class TCP/IP On IBM i Workshop! This will be a great opportunity to learn all about connectivity with the IBM i.
The Annual MAGiC IBM i User Conference will feature:
- Peer networking
- Up-to-the-minute continued education
- Updates about leading-edge tools and procedures and IBM i advancements.
- Industry-leading speakers
- Customer/Vendor experiences
- Meals, prizes and more
Year-round, MAGiC delivers insights and training designed to help us shift our thinking and approaches from reactive to proactive, from status quo to visionary, from keeping up with the industry to leading from within it.
- 09 November 2020 - 11 November 2020
- Oceanaire Resort Oceanfront Hotel
- 3421 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, Va 23451 757-213-0601
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.
Ruminations from a work-from-home veteran.
By Steve Pitcher
This is it. The new normal.
We’ve all heard that statement over and over for the last few weeks, but what does it really mean? Regular updates from politicians and health department personnel. Constant news media coverage. Minimal movement away from your residence. Social/physical distancing. Working from home.
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.
There’s value in recognizing what customers have: a modern infrastructure to build upon.
By Steve Pitcher
It’s official. The date has passed. IBM i and IBM Power Systems have now been brands in business longer than the AS/400 was.
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: