September 15, 2017
• LEAD ARTICLE: TechTip: Watson APIs - Visual Recognition
• FEATURED ARTICLE: Usablenet's U-Experience Platform Aims to Maximize Mobile, Web, and Native App Performance
• FEATURED ARTICLE: Implementing Compensating Controls When IBM i Security Best Practices Aren’t Possible
• NEWS HIGHLIGHT: ID Grup and ASNA help customers with outdated IBM i platforms
• FEATURED NEWS: iTech Solutions' Special Offer for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Survivors
• WHITE PAPER: IBM i Security: Event Logging & Active Monitoring
• MC VIDEO SHOWCASE: NGS-IQ: Serious Fun for IBM i Users - Highlights Version
• EVENT: COMMON Fall Conference & Expo
• MC PRESS MAGAZINE: A Small Intro to Big Data, Part 2: Introducing the Hadoop Framework
This month, we’re going to start our magical journey through the wonderland of each individual Watson API. And we’ll begin with Visual Recognition.
By David Shirey
The starting point for our expedition into the world of the assorted Watson APIs will be the Visual Recognition feature that Watson provides: the ability to have Watson match up and identify an image that you have provided to it.
Most mobile device users expect web pages to load as fast as they do on desktops and don't like when interfaces and apps perform sluggishly on their devices. Prioritizing mobile web page and app performance counters this problem.
By John Ghrist
There's significant support, particularly in the IBM i world, for the philosophy that the best way to move into the mobile arena is simply to provide mobile devices access to a single base of code for all websites. So entire desktop files are downloaded to the mobile-device browser, which suppresses unnecessary elements, and the output is tailored to the device's screen dimensions. This is called Responsive Design, and one concern with this approach is that most of the heavy lifting is done client-side on the device itself. This is less of an issue for desktop and laptop devices than smartphones because the former tend to have more computational resources available.
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It's time to make your apps proud to be seen! Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools. Alex Roytman and Liam Allan show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver apps your business will love.
You'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to: Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js; Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI; Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js.
High availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, becoming the #2 IT priority just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data. You must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization's data? Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today.
Once data is gone, it's gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of strategic solutions and how to implement them in a hurry...watch now!
ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.
ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center (and staff) efficiency.
Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product. Why support 5 different products, when you can do it all with MarkMagic?
What can organizations do when using “best practices” settings cause something to break? This article discusses your options.
By Carol Woodbury
Of course, implementing what is recommended as a “best practice” is what you should strive to do. However, I’ve found that there are instances when implementing a best practice setting in its most literal sense will cause issues. What should you do? Ignore that aspect of security and move on? No. You’ll want to find an alternative solution that meets the spirit of the best practice recommendation but fulfills it differently. In the security and audit world, that’s called a “compensating control.” Let’s look at some examples.
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If you need technical support, to ask questions during a save or restore, need help on bringing your system back up after the floods subside, LAN Console connection issues, or have a hardware failure that you need help to debug, please give us a call. We will help at no charge. We can even work with you to perform a restore while you tend to other things like your house and family. We can help you with any IBM i System Admin function you need help with.