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Leaders surveyed name inadequate skills and employee burnout as biggest barriers to progress, yet study finds significant disconnect in how executives and employees rate businesses in addressing these gaps
A new IBM study of global C-suite executives revealed that nearly six in ten responding organizations have accelerated their digital transformations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditional and perceived barriers like technology immaturity and employee opposition to change have fallen away - in fact, 66% of executives surveyed said they have completed initiatives that previously encountered resistance.
Call for Code's powerful ecosystem includes IBM, David Clark Cause, The Linux Foundation, and Charitable Partner United Nations Human Rights, together with a global movement of 400,000 developers across 179 nations
One of these top five open source-powered solutions, spanning remote education, smarter farming, social distancing, supporting small businesses, and reducing carbon footprints, will be incubated and deployed for communities in need around the world.
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.
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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Date: October 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) protects you from the most common cause of a data breach: compromised user credentials.
That compromise can originate from user carelessness, or from password interception by a hacker-installed key logger, or via a data breach at an unrelated information provider, where the user reused their password for the sake of convenience.
MFA gives you the power to eliminate these vulnerabilities.
This fact is not lost on regulatory bodies like PCI, who are painfully aware of risks associated with single-factor authentication.
In this webinar, security expert Sandi Moore explains why more and more IBM i organizations are implementing MFA. She will discuss:
- Authentication factors, such as hardware tokens, SMS messages, smartphone apps, and biometrics
- The strengths and weaknesses of each factor type
- How to deploy MFA across your IBM i environment
Sandi will also introduce an IBM i solution that provides access from multiple entry points, including green screen and desktop, and reports on all access attempts.
- 15 October 2020 - 15 October 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: