June 14, 2019
- LEAD ARTICLE: SQL 101: Using SQL Cursors to Replace Record-Level Data Access, Part 1
- FEATURED ARTICLE: Top Five Misconfigurations That Leave Your IBM i Vulnerable
- FEATURED ARTICLE: What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires
- NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Celebrates Women Business Pioneers In Artificial Intelligence
- WEBCAST: Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization
- MC VIDEO SHOWCASE: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
- EVENT: Survival of the Fittest: Defending IBM i Against a Cyber Attack
Using SELECT and SET in embedded SQL statements is not enough for you? Time to learn how to use SQL cursors to access data!
By Rafael Victória-Pereira
So far, I’ve embedded SQL to take advantage of its functions. Now let’s see how you can replace data access using SQL. Before your mind starts wondering, note that I’m not suggesting that you replace all your data access with SQL statements; for single-table, keyed-record access, SQL is usually inferior to RPG’s CHAIN operation. However, SQL is a more than fit replacement for Open Query File access or multiple-table access, typically written in RPG with a series of sequential READ/CHAIN operations in which each operation provides the key to the next.
According to the IBM X-Force, misconfiguration is one of the top issues that leave organizations vulnerable. IBM i is not immune to misconfiguration. While there are many ways to misconfigure a system, Carol describes her top five.
By Carol Woodbury
I read articles about security breaches all the time. Except for cases when an organization is targeted by a nation-state or a competitor, the cause of the breach is usually attributed to “misconfiguration.” Misconfiguration can take numerous forms. Several situations come to mind that cause IBM i misconfigurations.
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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The AS/400 platform (a.k.a. iSeries or IBM i) is behind the scenes at many organizations around the world, reliably storing trillions of records and running the large-scale applications that power their business.
By Chuck Losinski
The advantages of this platform have been obvious to its user community—who are its most stalwart supporters—for decades. But this community is in the midst of a demographic shift. Many of the most experienced AS/400 resources are reaching retirement age.