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• NEWS HIGHLIGHT: ID Grup and ASNA help customers with outdated IBM i platforms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.
Mobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. Many IBM i shops today are realizing that integrating their IBM i with mobile applications is the fast path to improved business workflows, better customer relations, and more responsive business reporting. The ROI that mobile applications can produce for your business is substantial.
This ASNA whitepaper takes a look at mobile computing for the IBM i. It discusses the different ways mobile applications may be used within the enterprise and how ASNA products solve the challenges mobile presents. It also presents the case that you already have the mobile programming team your projects need: that team is your existing RPG development team!
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.
Protecting your organization from cyberthreats has never been more important—or more difficult.
In 2018, HelpSystems surveyed more than 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals to find out what security exploits loom largest and what strategies they’re turning to for protection.
Watch to learn about:
- Security strategies your peers are most interested in implementing
- How managers and executives prioritize security
- Who is responsible for cybersecurity at organizations around the world
- Where IT pros turn for assistance with security
You'll also get practical tips for using this data to drive cybersecurity conversations at your organization.
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.
TRY the one package that solves all your document design and printing challenges on all your platforms.
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.
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.
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.
If you live in the area impacted by Hurricane Harvey or Irma, we hope you and your loved ones are safe. We also wanted to let you know that iTech Solutions is here for you during this time.
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.