July 19, 2017
• LEAD ARTICLE: Disconnected Technology
• FEATURED ARTICLE: Watson for i: Cybersecurity the Watson Way
• FEATURED ARTICLE: Identity Management in the Cloud
• NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Mainframe Ushers in New Era of Data Protection
• ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: IBM i Resources Retiring?
• FEATURED VIDEO: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
• EVENT: OCEAN Tech Con 2017 IBM i Technical Conference
The lack of computer science graduates in the U.S. will affect employers’ ability to hire qualified developers of any language.
Written by Steve Pitcher
I’ve been visiting a lot of IBM i customers this week, one of whom happens to be the college where I learned how to program RPG and Control Language plus a little rudimentary AS/400 operations training. I figured I’d drop in and see what they’re teaching. After all, the place was and still is special to me. I enrolled after my old man sold me on the idea that “if you know how to program on an AS/400, you’ll probably always have a decent job. Eventually, guys like me are going to want to retire, and we’ll need people to do what we do.”
The escalating hacks of businesses and the mushrooming of ransomware show that cybersecurity is going to be a bigger part of future IT life than ever before. IBM Watson offers services that can help.
By John Ghrist
More than a year and a half ago, IBM Chairman Ginni Rometty was quoted in a Forbes report as saying that "cybercrime is the greatest threat to every company in the world." Since then, we've seen hacking causing controversy in the U.S. election for president in 2016, the WannaCry ransomware attacks last May affecting more than 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries, and intrusions at U.S. power plants (including a nuclear facility) in early July resulting in yet-undefined consequences, to name just a few of the most notorious examples. Cyber warfare is here to stay, and no one can be complacent that their systems will remain immune forever.
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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What does a business need to store and use its identity data in the cloud?
by Graham Williamson
Editor’ note: This chapter is excerpted from chapter 5 of Identity Management: A Business Perspective (MC Press, 2016).
When it comes to supporting cloud services with identity data, two main questions must be answered: what data repository should we use, and what interfaces are required?