February 3, 2021
- LEAD ARTICLE: Practical OSS: MkDocs for the IBM i, Part 1
- FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy: UI Modernization, Part 7 - Rational Open Access Vendors
- NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Free Registration Announced for RPG & DB2 Summit Lunch & Learn Series
- FEATURED ARTICLE: Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization
- WHITE PAPER: What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires
- FEATURED VIDEO: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
- EVENT: i Am The Future - NEUGC Conference, May 3 - 5, 2021
MkDocs may be the shortest path from tribal knowledge to IT portal.
By Joe Pluta
During my continuing foray into open-source software (OSS), I ran across a very interesting tool named MkDocs. Richard Schoen mentioned it on the Midrange mailing lists. I was a little concerned—not because it was open source, but because it used the dreaded Python language. Personally, I’ll program in any language; I wrote a lot of Lisp back in the ‘80s when it was the primary language for programmable synthesizers. But Python and its reliance on the number of spaces at the beginning of a line of code has always given me the heebie-jeebies. That being said, the concept of MkDocs became more intriguing the more I read, and it seemed like I wouldn’t really have to learn much about Python to make it work. (Yeah, that was wrong, but still.)
Let’s continue to discuss Rational Open Access: RPG Edition and its most well-known vendors.
By Rafael Victória-Pereira
If you read the previous TechTip, you should know by now that Rational Open Access: RPG Edition (ROA) provides a great way to modernize the UI of your IBM i–based application by extending the frontend of it to “Browsers, Mobile devices, Cloud computing resources, Web services, External databases, XML files, Spreadsheets and more,” according to IBM.
IT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators with intimate knowledge of the operating system and the applications that run on it is small.
This begs the question: How will you manage the platform that supports such a big part of your business?
This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn:
- Why IBM i skills depletion is a top concern
- How leading organizations are coping
- Where automation will make the biggest impact
Download your copy today!
The annual Profound Logic ‘State of IBM i Modernization Survey” takes a look at the trends and attitudes that shape the IBM i modernization market. We reached out to the IBM i community, and the response was outstanding: close to 800 people, nearly 300 more than last year, took the survey. This enthusiasm resulted in very interesting findings for how businesses plan to use and modernize the platform in the coming year.
As you read through each section of the survey, you will see our summary of the results and suggestions for the future. We hope the survey will help your business better understand what is possible for your IBM i platform in the coming year.
Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
Can you trust all of your users all of the time?
A typical end user receives 16 malicious emails each month, but only 17 percent of these phishing campaigns are reported to IT. Once an attack is underway, most organizations won’t discover the breach until six month later.
A staggering amount of damage can occur in that time. Despite these risks, 93 percent of organizations are leaving their IBM i systems vulnerable to cybercrime. In this on-demand webinar, IBM i security experts Robin Tatam and Sandi Moore will reveal:
- How phishing attacks are becoming more sophisticated
- Three little-known ways malicious programs can reach your IFS
- Why the IFS is IBM i’s “Typhoid Mary”
You’ll also learn why some of the most common malware solutions still leave IBM i systems vulnerable—and what you can do to protect your organization.
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Five Reasons Why Node Is the Solution your Company Needs Right Now
By Profound Logic Software, Inc.
Editor's note: This article introduces the updated white paper White Paper: Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization, which is free to download from the MC White Paper Center.
Every business around the world uses legacy applications or code to some extent. Fortunately, for businesses on IBM i, these applications are typically very reliable and stable.