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Easy Printing from CL, Take Two
Message Data Data Structures
Getting Started With IBM i, .Net, and XMLSERVICE Remote Commands
Power9 Gets Ready To Roll In Systems In 2017
We're All IBM i Storytellers
Tape: It Ain't Dead Yet
Time For Tapeless? LaserVault Tempts The SMB
Clouds Grow, But Can IBM i Follow?
The Prospects For A Power9 Revolution
IBM i Power8 Migrations Flourish, Say Service Providers
Vision Bolsters Entry-Level HA With iTERA 6.2
Knocking On The Old Database Door
Ublu: A Modern Band-Aid for Legacy i Ills
Inside Infor's Data Science Lab
Bank Says 'HA' to System i Hardware Failure
TEMBO Adds Development Tool to Database Modernization Kit

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When I read your statement that CL cannot write to printer files, I immediately thought, "It can't? Then what have I been doing for the last couple of decades?" I looked through the article and saw that it didn't mention my most used method, and I wondered how it was missed.
Sending Escape Messages from RPG is a great article. Your program defines the message data parameter as 80 bytes of character data, but the IBM Knowledge Center defines MSGDTA as char(*) with notes saying it can be up to 32,767 bytes. I would like a variable longer than 80 bytes, but instead of coding 100 today, 120 next project, and so on, how could I code it to take full advantage of the API?
Running CL commands and submitting batch jobs are great ways to use existing program functionality from a .Net desktop, web, or web service application. In this article we'll focus on the XMLSERVICE remote command functionality. You'll see just how easy it is to use XMLSERVICE to run programs or submit batch jobs on your IBM i systems.
In about a year or so, a radically different Power processor family will be embedded as the motors in the Power Systems machines that will drive IBM i applications into the future. The forthcoming Power9 chips, which IBM's top techies unveiled at the Hot Chips conference in Silicon Valley last week, are as always packed with lots of technical innovation. But that is not the main thing that IBM i shops should be ebullient about.
Everyone has a story. Alison Butterill has quite a few. They're all about i. She didn't make them up. You did. Or, at least, some of you did. These are stories only you can tell. Butterill, the widely traveled IBM i product offering manager, just repeats them. Storytelling was part of her session titled IBM i in the Digital World, which I sat in on at the OCEAN Technical Conference last month in Orange County, California.
In 2003, the inestimable Richard Pryor got in a good, last laugh when he starred in the Comedy Central documentary "I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!" In some ways, you could say that magnetic tape is the Richard Pryor of the storage world: Everybody seems to think tape is already dead, but it keeps delivering the goods year after year anyway.
IBM midrange shops with dedicated system operators that manage backup media and drives are few and far between these days. The common staffing arrangement has programmers or maybe network admins juggling backup duties along with their other responsibilities. Of course, lean staffing invites human error into IT operations. Automating backup procedures can provide welcome relief. Data at risk is a problem that Electronic Storage Corporation is addressing with a new appliance it calls Backup SAVSmart for i.
Until cloud computing--meaning virtualized compute, storage, and networking that is sold under utility pricing--is absolutely the norm in the data center, we will be talking about what is and is not cloud and how fast it is or is not. The prognosis is that investments in public cloud computing are going to continue to grow fast, much faster than the overall IT sector, which has been coasting along more or less level for years.
As a relative underdog as a supplier of processors in the datacenter now that it has left the X86 server market and has gone from being a partner of Intel to a direct competitor that is fostering its own ecosystem in the richest and most competitive parts of the market, IBM wants for the Power processor to be able to take on the Xeon chip and win. The Power9 chip from Big Blue has about the best chance of any chip we have seen from IBM since the Power4 way back in 2001 to do this.
IBM's second quarter financial report was an icy description of Power Systems revenue. It exposed a shivering 24 percent decline compared to a year earlier. Despite that biting insight, there's a warm glow in the midrange market that is predicted to continue through the third quarter. Migrations to Power8 boxes are finding momentum in the IBM i-dominated small to midsize market, where purchases have been delayed, but are now occurring at an accelerated pace.
Small and midsize IBM i shops that are looking to adopt a high availability (HA) solution to protect their businesses from downtime have a lot of options available to them these days, including cloud solutions and hardware-based offerings from IBM. SMBs looking for in-house logical replication solutions will eventually call on Vision Solutions, which recently added some enterprise-level features to its entry-level solution with the launch of iTERA Availability version 6.2.
Keeping up with technology should be systematic and efficient. Avoidance behavior will only reduce your anxiety for so long. At some point, the limitations companies have learned to live with and consider "good enough" will prevent them from keeping up with the herd. Here are three organizations that realized it was time to take on database modernization, after discovering their existing databases lacked documentation, defined relationships and normalized procedures.
In a perfect world, companies would hire and retain technology professionals who possess the requisite skills for working on the IBM i server. However, that is clearly not the case, as an IBM i skills shortage has bubbled up as one of the platform's most pressing issues. For those jack-of-all-trades who are struggling with this thing called the IBM i, the open source tool Ublu offers a bridge to familiarity.
If you've noticed subtle improvements to your enterprise software lately, you're not alone. For the past two years, IBM i ERP giant Infor has been using data science techniques to optimize various business processes that are automated by its software. And the best part may be that Infor is offering its Dynamic Science Labs expertise to customers for free and that improvements get wrapped back into the product.
When the New Zealand bank Westpac experienced a rare backplane failure in its System i server last year, it took a critical wholesale trading application completely offline. IBM immediately put a replacement on a plane, but the best case scenario called for three days of downtime. But thanks to its use of a high availability solution from Maxava, not a single transaction was lost.
TEMBO Technology Lab is beefing up its DB2 for i modernization solution. The South African provider of DB2 for i database modernization solutions has reached an agreement with Relational Data to resell its rapid application development tool for IBM i as part of its core Adsero Optima (AO) suite.