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Integration intended to streamline COVID-19 testing process and enable secure, verifiable digital credentials
IBM and CLX Health today announced plans to integrate IBM Digital Health Pass with CLX Health's TrustAssure platform to help provide individuals with a seamless, secure way to locate and schedule a COVID-19 test with a provider and create a verifiable credential to use, if needed, when returning to physical locations, such as an airplane, sports stadium or workplace. CLX TrustAssure is a global network of more than 15,000 labs across more than 82 countries.
ManpowerGroup will allow learners on IBM SkillsBuild to progress to in-demand roles by connecting their skills with current market needs
This supports IBM's goal of helping to skill 500,000 people by the end of 2021 through the IBM SkillsBuild program
At VivaTech today, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna announced a new collaboration with 30 global organizations including governments, community colleges, non-profits, and employment agencies, focused on helping underserved populations improve their skills and employability.
Remain Software delivers today the latest and final version of its four change-management, workflow, API editing, and developer tools: TD/OMS, Gravity, Remain API Studio, and MiWorkplace.
The release is the result of a year of ongoing dedication from the company’s team, focused on adapting to customers' evolving needs and the innovations from the market. The release further Remain’s commitment to update its solutions and features notable and exciting enhancements to existing features, the addition of new ones, and many fixes, marking expansions in clarity, productivity and control as users navigate business project-management and end-to-end software and application development.
Individuals created 15 new accounts on average during the pandemic according to the survey, with 82% reusing passwords across accounts
More than half of millennials surveyed would rather place an order using a potentially insecure app or website vs. call or visit a location in person
Security today announced the results of a global survey examining consumers' digital behaviors during the pandemic, as well as their potential long-term impact on cybersecurity. With society becoming increasingly accustomed to digital-first interactions, the study found that preferences for convenience often outweighed security and privacy concerns among individuals surveyed – leading to poor choices around passwords and other cybersecurity behaviors.
“Explainability” is the process of explaining why an ML model behaved in a certain way, such as approving or declining a bank loan.
By Steven Astorino, Mark Simmonds, and Jean-François Puget
Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 3 of Artificial Intelligence: Evolution and Revolution
Customers are trying to use AI as a catalyst to reimagine their workflows, transforming how customer call centers operate, how people complete their taxes, and how legal professionals make data-privacy compliance decisions. However, many organizations still continue to struggle in deploying their AI into production environments across their existing applications.
Signing on the dotted line with a cloud service provider (CSP) can lead to a dependence on that company in ways that are both observable and hidden. Walking into such a relationship with eyes wide open is essential.
By John Ghrist
As with nearly any major IT project, getting started with cloud computing creates a host of challenges. Some are obvious: security, control over data, proper infrastructure, staff expertise, compliance issues, and the impacts on the enterprise from changing routines to something new, among others. Another that should be obvious, but which isn’t always given due consideration, is the phenomenon known as “vendor lock-in.”
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.
In order to make a "trigger happy" database, let's explore a few more complex scenarios.
By Rafael Victória-Pereira
Creating simple triggers was covered in Introducing Database Triggers, and the introduction to complex trigger scenarios was presented in Exploring More Complex Trigger Scenarios. Let's cover a few more scenarios and review what you've learned.
Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 9 of SQL for IBM i: A Database Modernization Guide, by Rafael Victória-Pereira.
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 TRs for IBM i V7R3 and V7R4 have some very cool stuff. Carol gives you a tour.
By Carol Woodbury
Yes, once again the IBM i development team has provided us with new features that will help make security administration easier. You can find information on all of the new features of V7R3 TR10 here and V7R4 TR4 here, but I thought it might be helpful to provide examples of how and why I’ll use four of these new features.
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More employees are working remotely than ever before, but research shows home networks are 3.5 times more likely than corporate networks to have at least one malicious program!
It’s critical to grasp the impact these malicious programs can have on IBM i, so that you can keep your systems up and running. Join this session to learn about the relationships between:
- Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
- Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
- PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning
There are many ways to minimize your exposure to malware and viruses, even with a remote workforce. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected.
- 29 June 2021 - 29 June 2021
- World Wide Web
July 8, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT
As cyber threats become more sophisticated, strong encryption is essential.
DB2 Field Procedures (FieldProcs) can greatly simplify encryption on IBM i, yet most organizations are not yet utilizing this powerful feature.
Join this live webinar to learn how to quickly encrypt sensitive data on IBM i—and avert a cybersecurity disaster.
IBM i security expert Sandi Moore will show you:
- How you can automate encryption and decryption
- Why disk encryption is no substitute for database encryption
- Important factors to consider when evaluating an encryption solution
If you're concerned with protecting your sensitive IBM i data, you don't want to miss this session!
- 08 July 2021 - 08 July 2021
- World Wide Web
OCEAN TechCon21 will take place Thursday and Friday, July 15 and 16, 2021 and will be a virtual event.
Patrick Behr, Yvonne Enselman, Scott Forstie, Birgitta Hauser, Aaron Magid, Mike Pavlak, Richard Schoen, Alan Seiden, Paul Tuohy and more experts to be announced soon.
The conference will be FREE for OCEAN Members. (12-Month Individual OCEAN Memberships are $80 and 12-Month Corporate Memberships are $250. A Corporate Membership would allow your entire staff to attend at no cost.)
Details will be announced soon. Check back often!
- 15 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
- World Wide Web
Liam Allan, Charles Guarino, Alex Roytman, and more IBM i Innovators & Experts to be announced very soon.
Registration Fee: OCEAN Members $25, Non-Members $50 (includes free validated self-parking)
A 12-Month OCEAN membership is $80 for Individuals and $250 for Corporations. A Corporate Membership would allow your entire staff to attend at the member rate.
Event Location: Avenue of the Arts Hotel - Costa Mesa, CA
Advance registration by Monday, July 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm PT is required.
Liam Allan, IBM Champion and consultant with Seiden Group, helps IBM i development teams transform their applications and bridge the gap between traditional and modern development practices. He specializes in DevOps, RPG, ILE, Node.js, PHP, PASE and open source. Founder of Works of Barry, he also supports the community by creating open source tools—such as the ILEditor and NetRPG—that make IBM i development more intuitive for the next generation. He also co-hosts the IBM Bi-Weekly technical podcast.
Alex Roytman is the founder and CEO of Profound Logic. He is a Node.js and RPG educator who shares his knowledge at user groups and events around the world. His decades of experience and passion in the field of Web and Mobile development have led his company to create many popular modernization tools, win multiple awards for innovation, earn a patent for modernization technology, and gain over a thousand loyal customers in more than 50 countries.
- 17 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
- Avenue of the Arts Hotel
- Costa Mesa, CA
This online learning opportunity offers you a convenient way to continue learning by providing access to 150 sessions presented by your favorite industry experts. Link with the COMMON community through chat rooms and discuss the session, ask questions, and interact with presenters and experts. You can also e-meet solution providers and ask questions in our virtual expo.
Register for COMMON iNSIGHT and enjoy access to all 150 session recordings for 60 days after the close of the live virtual event.
- 27 July 2021 - 29 July 2021
- World Wide Web
Discover the true power of IBM i at the Virtual RPG & DB2 Summit, October 20 – 26, 2021!
Join the top IBM i development experts at the Summit to wow your users with innovative applications built with IBM i data and business logic.
Upgrade your skills with the latest on modernization, web services, mobile apps and open source. Find out how to architect IBM i applications for future flexibility. Work magic with your data.
You'll walk away with loads of practical, detailed information to help you deliver amazing IBM i applications faster than ever.
"The Summit is the Woodstock of the IBM i world. I feel like my brain has been massaged by a Bulgarian weightlifter!"
Learn from the industry's premier experts — Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, and Paul Tuohy — along with their own personal gurus Liam Allan, Ted Holt, Scott Forstie and other trusted friends. Attendees find Summit speakers uniquely approachable because each of them thrives on meeting other IBM i enthusiasts and brainstorming ways to solve sticky problems.
"The interaction with the IBM i rock stars is incredible!"
Registration Opening Soon! Check Back Often!
- 20 October 2021 - 26 October 2021
- 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.
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Join us for two-full days of quick-hit, no-frills sessions with real tips you can apply a schedule of IBM i experts teaching you how to do the thing they know best.
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.
MkDocs, the dynamic static site generator, or how I built a website without writing any HTML.
By Joe Pluta
In my last article, I introduced MkDocs, a wonderful static site generator. Today I’m going to show you what I consider to be the most important feature of MkDocs: the dynamic debugging mode. But to get there, we have to build a page. Along the way, I’ll briefly present a few of the fundamental features of MkDocs, features that we’ll address in more detail later.
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: