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- Delivers 127 qubits on a single IBM quantum processor for the first time with breakthrough packaging technology
- New processor furthers IBM's industry-leading roadmaps for advancing the performance of its quantum systems
- Previews design for IBM Quantum System Two, a next generation quantum system to house future quantum processors
IBM today announced its new 127-quantum bit (qubit) 'Eagle' processor at the IBM Quantum Summit 2021, its annual event to showcase milestones in quantum hardware, software, and the growth of the quantum ecosystem. The 'Eagle' processor is a breakthrough in tapping into the massive computing potential of devices based on quantum physics. It heralds the point in hardware development where quantum circuits cannot be reliably simulated exactly on a classical computer. IBM also previewed plans for IBM Quantum System Two, the next generation of quantum systems.
The public and private sectors must work together to speed innovation and fix supply chains for critical technologies.
There is an old saying: "If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together."
This is especially true in the field of scientific research, where innovation often comes from community and collaboration rather than a lone breakthrough by one individual. From putting humanity on the moon to the global scientific mobilization to fight COVID-19, we have seen first-hand that partnerships yield big, history-changing results.
How Automakers Can Close the Gap to help Advance Sustainable Mobility
Mobility and transportation consume 20 percent of the world’s energy - most of which is powered by fossil fuels. With the growing trend of mass urbanization comes increased congestion especially as more cities emerge out of lockdown, which can rapidly accelerate the energy demand and emissions driven by transportation. Reducing carbon emissions is an imperative for us all, and thus: the future of mobility must be sustainable.
Created to combat water quality-related deaths, the Saaf Water sensor and analytics platform for rural localities wins 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge
Technology using AI, Blockchain, and Cloud to verify, track, and reward waste removal in outdoor areas wins Call for Code University Edition prize
Today, Call for Code founding partner IBM (NYSE: IBM) and its creator, David Clark Cause, announced the winner of the fourth annual Call for Code Global Challenge, which invited innovators across the globe to combat climate change with open source-powered technology. Call for Code is the largest and most ambitious effort to bring together the world's software developers to take on pressing societal issues by using the latest advanced technologies to problem solve and create cutting-edge solutions. The top prize this year went to Saaf Water, an accessible water quality sensor and analytics platform created, in particular, for people living in rural localities.
Adapting your business to use artificial intelligence applications isnꞌt a matter of simply adding a new software package. Despite its potential benefits, AI can require significant changes to staff attitudes and corporate culture to be successful.
By John Ghrist
Forward-looking enterprises need to be considering adopting at least some aspects of AI, not because itꞌs in vogue but because your competitors are likely eyeing it if they arenꞌt already using it. Customer-facing services using AI are becoming common, critical business-information analysis apps are at work behind the scenes if not completely up front, and other AI apps are helping employees become more efficient in carrying out routine operations. That’s to say nothing of AI helping organizations find new lines of business, streamlining formerly thought- and labor-intensive procedures, and fundamentally altering business models and corporate culture.
Data security and data privacy are terms that often appear in the same sentence. Although some of the means of securing both are identical, there are also critical distinctions between them that mustn't be overlooked when considering service providers.
By John Ghrist
We've likely all heard for many years now about how globalized the world is becoming. In the Internet Age, many points on the planet now communicate and share information instantaneously, and the practice of direct buying and selling of goods across borders has gone from an almost exotic happenstance to a commonplace goal of a majority of U.S. business enterprises in the last two decades. Hand in hand with that has been the need to secure data needed to handle business transactions: customer contact information, credit card and bank account numbers, and routing information are obvious examples. Everyone agrees such things must be kept securely confidential. Yes, we've seen this movie before.
Maybe these companies were able to pivot easily because IBM i doesn’t require the daily hand-holding required to keep other platforms working.
By Steve Pitcher
It’s easy to look at the year 2020 with contempt.
I’ve done it. Most all of us probably have. There’s no reason to do a recap of 2020. It started with a near-miss war with Iran, and it hasn’t let up since. I was joking the other week that the only thing we’re missing in 2020 is the equivalent of the Ten Plagues of Egypt. And we still have a couple of months for that to unfold.
Building the SAMPLE Database
By Roger Sanders
Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 5 of QuickStart Guide to Db2 Development with Python, by Roger Sanders.
Db2 comes with a sample database (named SAMPLE) that, when created, can be used for a variety of purposes, including the development and testing of Db2 applications. Consequently, most of the sample programs that were created to supplement this book have been designed to work with the SAMPLE database. (You can learn more about the Db2 sample database here: https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/db2/11.1?topic=samples-sample-database.)
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.
The technology enabled by PCs and mobile devices is one of the biggest challenges facing IBM i security administrators.
By Carol Woodbury
Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from Chapter 10 of IBM i Security Administration and Compliance: Third Edition
Nothing underscores the inadequacies of menu-based security more than using mobile-device–based software to access IBM i databases. If you still rely solely on menu security to control your sensitive and confidential information (in other words, if you don’t use object-level security), your security configuration has holes. Let’s look at IBM’s Access Client Solutions (ACS) and some of the security issues you’ll have to deal with there.
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Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM CST
December is coming fast, join us for two great sessions next month featuring Charles Guarino.
Charles Guarino (Central Park Data Systems)
Charles Guarino believes in the "POWER" of IBM Power Systems and the IBM i community. Charlie is the founder and President of Central Park Data Systems, Inc., a Long Island and New York City area-based IBM midrange consulting and corporate training company. Today, along with the team at Central Park Data Systems, he is serving individuals and companies on a worldwide basis through his consulting work and award-winning speaking engagements. Some of the projects he is involved with include new and existing application development using all facets of new technologies supplied by IBM and the open source community.
His career reflects his dedication and interest in bringing the platform and its solutions to others. As a result of his constant dedication, he has been recognized as an IBM Champion. He is a member of COMMON's Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and a proud recipient of the Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship Award.
Check out the session information below:
Session 1: Configuring RDi for RPG Development
RDi is the most versatile application development tools available today. It provides more and more functionality with each update, and the results are obvious. This session focuses on the particular attributes of enhancing your RPG development. How many of these features are you already using?
Session 2: Water Cooler Topics ... A Look Ahead
An interactive session about current events and emerging technologies, and a look ahead into 2022.
- 09 December 2021 - 09 December 2021
- 3041 N Mayfair Rd
December 13 at 4:30 p.m. CT
Come join the "New to IBM i" for our end-of-year networking event. Join us to get your burning IBM i-related questions answered and meet new people!
- 13 December 2021 - 13 December 2021
- World Wide Web
Tuesday, December 14th
1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Join us Tuesday, December 14th for a live discussion with women in IBM i.
Join us for a virtual video chat where we will have an open forum for discussion. This will be a more casual approach in comparison to our webinars in the past, with the opportunity to join us unmuted and via video chat.
- 14 December 2021 - 14 December 2021
- World Wide Web
2/22/2022 9:00 AM - 2/24/2022 5:00 PM
Join COMMON for in-depth, workshop style education on a variety of leading topics. Over the three days, you have access to 15+ half-day workshops, presented by industry experts who will present live and answer your questions live.
FOCUS 2022 will also include a virtual Expo of leading solution providers to add even more access to products, solutions, and expertise to help your business.
Registration Prices: Included with 2022 membership.
- 22 February 2022 - 24 February 2022
- World Wide Web
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.
The Characteristics of a Project
By Colleen Garton and Erika McCulloch
Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from Chapter 1 of Fundamentals of Technology Project Management
A project is an undertaking of any size, budget, or timeline that has a clearly defined start and finish and a specific desired outcome. The most important characteristic of a project is its purpose. Unless a project team knows what the specific purpose of the project is, they will be unable to undertake it.
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 announced the E1080 servers using the latest Power10 processor in September 2021.
The most powerful processor from IBM to date, Power10 is designed to handle the demands of doing business in today’s high-tech atmosphere, including running cloud applications, supporting big data, and managing AI workloads.
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: