Volume 15, Number 25 -- July 23, 2015
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(EBN) From green screens on IBM AS/400s to Apple MacBooks in the enterprise, technology that is stable and reliable proves its worth over and over and over again. The AS/400, renamed IBM i on Power, keeps delivering for many enterprise organizations that value its strengths. So you may have heard that IBM is offering MacBooks to its employees. The question is whether MacBooks are ready for enterprise duty. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The clock is winding down on the operating system known as IBM i 6.1. The official end of support date is September 30, but an extension program is available to those who believe sitting on 6.1 is the right thing to do. Upgrading from 6.1 to 7.1 or 7.2 is no monumental task, however, and as hardware purchasing cycles come around there will be a lot of 6.1 upgrades. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) IBM wishes more IBM i developers would use Rational Developer for i, instead of the really old green screen development tools. Well, maybe you've made an honest effort only to find trouble downloading and/or installing the RDi trial code. It's good to report the installation process is much improved. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The market for integrated systems is growing faster than the server market at large. IBM has duly noted this and has created Power-based options known as the Flex System and the PureApplication system. However, we have yet to see what IBM's plans are for migrating those systems to Power8. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) This story begins with a plan to improve workflow and integrate systems that were created without a thought toward integration in mind. The actual accomplishments prove what can be done when an RPG-based core business application gets hooked up with a Windows-based document management system. And why stop there when there are Web portals to build, mobile apps to develop and green-screen to GUI conversions to produce. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Every manufacturer has resources. Some just do a much better job managing them than others. Of course there is software created to monitor and manage the shop, but how well the shop floor is integrated with the warehouse, the sales department, the accounting department and many other business divisions has a way of separating one software vendor from another. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) The IBM i Access Client Solutions tools are used primarily for 5250 emulation, data transfer, and system management. In the past two years the tools have been significantly enhanced, but the database features have waited while more pressing issues have been addressed. Going forward, database becomes a point of emphasis. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Web-based user interfaces are replacing green screens faster than a speeding bullet. Excuse my hyperbole, but there is a lot more action in this arena and it's good to see. Mobile devices are responsible for a lot of this and this new mobile scheduling tool is a perfect example. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) This managed service provider specializes in running Windows and Linux workloads on Intel gear, but just added IBM i data services for organizations that want a single vendor that can handle multiple platform workloads. An IBM i disaster recovery vendor is partnering with this MSP with the idea that business will improve for both sides. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) One of the most watched soap operas in the IBM midrange is the "My Lawsuit is Bigger than Your Lawsuit" battle between Oracle and Rimini Street. Oracle is accused of customer abuse. Rimini is accused of stealing intellectual property. If you're a JD Edwards shop, you might have a dog in this fight. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Infor has more IBM i-based customers than anyone else on this planet. A big chunk of those are manufacturers. How much interest will those manufacturers have in the new cloud service Infor just made available? It's being billed as a cost effective alternative to upgrading hardware, operating systems, and ERP solutions. READ MORE >



Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(System i Developer) The iCommunity Blogs, a multi-blogger forum for IBM i developers, just launched this week. It is hosted by System i Developer, specialists in RPG and DB2-focused education. The forum features blogs from five prominent personalities, including IBM i Business Architect Tim Rowe, QA speaker/author/consultant Von Enselman, and IBM i development experts Jon Paris, Susan Gantner and Paul Tuohy. READ MORE >


(NGS) "Practical Analytics for IBM i Users" examines IBM's BI strategy from the perspective of the IBM i user and discusses the capabilities, cost of implementation, licensing terms, product support, and more of Cognos, DB2 Web Query, and other potential query, reporting, and BI software. In addition, this White Paper provides a comparison of DB2 Web Query to an alternative business intelligence solution, NGS-IQ, developed by New Generation Software. READ MORE >


(Open Legacy) Modernizing IBM i it is not simply a screen modernization problem as it involves dealing with programs and data. It is mostly an integration problem that can be primarily resolved by using REST-based APIs. In this white paper, "Secrets to Bridging Legacy and Innovation through Integration," readers discover how REST-based APIs can be used to solve many IBM i modernization integration challenges. READ MORE >


(Botz & Associates) The Guide to Practical Single Sign-On explains how a huge chunk of most organizations' password management costs can be eliminated using technology you already own. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Performance enhancing skills are only a click away. This repository of technical tips and advice related to application and database development, system administration, and more comes from many of brightest minds in the IBM i community including Ted Holt, Mike Sansoterra, Aaron Bartell, Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, Paul Tuohy, and others. This is a free resource--no registration necessary--and it's Google searchable. READ MORE >


Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

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July 28 -- Webinar - IBM performance consultant Stacy Benfield leads this one-hour presentation discussing the instrumentation available on IBM i that determines what a job is doing if it's not running. Topics to be discussed include: leveraging the wait accounting technology in Collection Services, graphically analyzing wait conditions using Performance Data Investigator, interpreting the "wait bucket" data found in Collection Services, and incorporating additional wait accounting information found in IBM Job Watcher for deeper analysis. The session begins at 11 a.m. Central Time. LEARN MORE >


August 19 -- Webinar - The top concerns of IBM i shops provide a general consensus on the areas that need to be addressed, reveal projects that are top initiatives at IBM i organizations, and instigate discussions regarding the most effective approaches. In this one-hour webinar, IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will joins Tom Huntington and Chuck Losinski from HelpSystems to discuss strategies for success. The presentation begins at noon Central Time. LEARN MORE >


October 5-7 -- Fort Lauderdale, Florida - The COMMON 2015 Fall Conference & Expo features two and one-half days of in-depth education on a broad range of relevant IBM i, Linux, and AIX topics. The agenda includes more than 100 sessions including vendor-led sessions on products. Pre-conference workshops are also available. Compared to COMMON's Annual Meeting each spring, this conference is shorter and less expensive. Register by August 10 and save $350. LEARN MORE >


October 5-9 -- Orlando, Florida - The 2015 IBM Systems Technical University event features IBM Power Systems and z Systems. The IBM Power Systems sessions focus on Power8 processor-based systems, software and solutions for IBM i, AIX, and Linux. Technical content, skill-building sessions, and hands-on labs are led by product experts. Topics include: Power8 scale-out and enterprise servers; analytics, cloud and hybrid cloud deployments; NoSQL, CAPI technology, and flash storage; mobile infrastructure; and Linux on Power/KVM implementation and best practices. LEARN MORE >


October 20-22 -- Chicago, Illinois -The RPG & DB2 Summit includes sessions on modern IBM i code, UIs, Web and mobile apps, and new integrations--all using practical, use-it-today tips and techniques based on RPG IV, SQL, DB2 for i, RSE/RDi, Web Services, PHP, CL and more. Get one-on-one advice from top experts such as Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Paul Tuohy, Scott Klement, Barbara Morris, and Ted Holt in a highly interactive, fun environment. An online agenda of seminars, workshops, and sessions is now available. LEARN MORE >

Editor: Dan Burger
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
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New Norms Of Managing The Hybrid Enterprise

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