May 6, 2020
- LEAD ARTICLE: Practical RPG: Encapsulating Your Data with Extension Files, Part 4
- FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy: Database Modernization - Methodology, Part 8
- FEATURED BLOG: How 2020 Is Changing the Way that Companies Approach Digital Transformation
- NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Kisco Announces Update For IBM i System Monitoring Tool
- WEBCAST: Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i
- FEATURED VIDEO: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
- EVENT: How to Protect IBM i from the New Malware Threats of 2020
The ultimate benefit of encapsulation is rapid response, and this is how it works.
By Joe Pluta
Over the last three articles (parts 1, 2, and 3), we've worked to encapsulate your extension files, but until now it's been work without a lot of clear benefit. That's the way it is with architecture sometimes; the foundational changes require a lot of work, but the benefits of the approach quickly outweigh the initial investment. This article presents the culmination of all that effort: the ability to change your extension files on the fly!
Now that you’ve streamlined your database, gotten rid of unnecessary columns and/or tables, and moved all or at least part of the data validation code out of your programs, you’re ready to dive a little deeper into DB2’s advanced functionalities.
By Rafael Victória-Pereira
The previous TechTips explained how to convert your files’ definitions from DDS to DDL and how to move business validations to the database (or at least, to a separate piece of code, an I/O Server). Now let’s see how you can take advantage of some of DB2’s advanced functionalities. I’ll introduce just two, but there’s a lot to explore, so dig into IBM’s DB2 Reference Manual and find out what goodies you can use in your application’s context.
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
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More than ever, there is a demand for IT to deliver innovation.
Your IBM i has been an essential part of your business operations for years. However, your organization may struggle to maintain the current system and implement new projects.
The thousands of customers we've worked with and surveyed state that expectations regarding the digital footprint and vision of the companyare not aligned with the current IT environment.
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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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.