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Power8 Packs More Punch Than Expected
VAI Gives Berk Enterprises a New Analytic View
ManH Dives Into 'Clienteling' with GlobalBay Buy
Townsend Looks to Spread 2FA Far and Wide
Starving For IBM i Security Skills
DRV Unveils Fresh New Mobile Apps for Message Management
Coming Face To Face With An IBM i Recruit
Nice Form! Quadrant Boosts Automation and Control in Formtastic
Dell, HP Chase Upgrades From Windows Server 2003; Whither IBM?
SoftLanding Repositions TurnOver for Database Conversions
IBM Bolsters Security Wares With Lighthouse, Crossideas Acquisitions
The Geezer's Guide to Free-Form RPG, Part 5: File Definitions
Manta Continues To Take The IBM i To School
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Here is something you don't see every day in the systems business. IBM is getting even better performance out of the new Power8 processors that were launched back in April than it anticipated. Systems performance engineer Alex Mericas, who works in IBM's Systems and Technology Group, gave a presentation at the Hot Chips 26 conference in Silicon Valley last week, revealing that that the Power8 was delivering a little more oomph than expected.
Berk Enterprises, an Ohio-based distributor of paper goods and disposable cutlery, is getting good dividends with S2K Analytics, the Cognos-powered line of business intelligence tools from VAI. The folks at Berk cite the ease of use of S2K Analytics and the capability to make modifications as the biggest draw, followed closely by the polished look and feel of reports.
Manhattan Associates last week announced it has acquired the assets of GlobalBay Technologies to boost its omni-channel strategy with new "clienteling" capabilities. The deal with VeriFone nets ManH a collection of solutions designed to improve how retailers interact with their customers.
Under normal circumstances, user authentication products don't attract a lot of attention. But thanks to Russian hackers, the Heartbleed vulnerability, and Target's security breach, millions of people are wondering if their passwords are safe (newsflash: they're probably not). With these security fears as a backdrop, Townsend Security is looking to accelerate the adoption of its new IBM i two-factor authentication (2FA) software.
Skills keep organizations moving forward. The person who has skills and who can prove it is a hot commodity these days. Professional development is a great investment whether it is a company investing in its IT staff or an individual investing in his or her career. There is a skills gap and you don't want to be on the wrong side of it, or let that gap get so wide you can't jump back across.
DRV Technologies recently unveiled new mobile apps that allow administrators to view and respond to IBM i messages and jobs from the comfort of their iOS or Android mobile devices. The apps were unveiled as part of a major update to DRV's FlexTool suite.
What might you expect to find at the COMMON Fall Conference, which is coming up October 27 through 29 in Indianapolis? How about college students searching for jobs with companies invested in IBM i? If all goes as planned, there may be 20 or more attending the conference with eyes wide open and expectations set high. IBM i shops, IBM i ISVs, and business partners could use this trip to Indiana as an opportunity for recruitment.
Organizations that rely on Quadrant Software's Formtastic to automate the generation and distribution of electronic documents no longer have to wonder who's modifying form templates thanks to a new change management feature the vendor has added. Quadrant also added a new automated purge function to the popular product.
It is less than a year before Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Server 2003. Why should IBM i shops care? Because most of them are Windows shops, too, as it turns out. And many of them are likely running old releases of Windows.
It's been a while since we had any product news out of SoftLanding, the developer of the TurnOver change management tool that was acquired by Unicom Global nearly eight years ago. But earlier this month, we were apprised of a new release of TurnOver that introduces functionality in an area of IBM i development that's starting to get some traction: DDS-to-DDL database conversions.
With a few notable exceptions, IBM does not like to make big bang acquisitions. Rather, the company prefers to buy smaller companies that are onto a niche and are poised to grow and could use the help of Big Blue's 140-country reach and massive salesforce and partner channel. The company has made two such small acquisitions in the security field in recent weeks.
While the changes in data definition introduced by the new free-form RPG support are great, I have to admit that it was probably the free-form file specifications that raised the biggest cheer from me. Let me tell you why
After 25-plus years, it might be surprising to some that there are still new things to be learn on the IBM i platform. But to Bill Hansen, president of Manta Technologies, continuing to learn about IBM i is just good business.
In our RPG programs we protect input operations (CHAIN, READ, etc.) with an error-handling routine that notifies users of record locks. That is, the RecLock subroutine sends a break message to the locking user and displays a window with lock information to the requesting user. This logic is not working in one of our programs, and we can't determine why. Can you help?
S4i Systems is now supporting independent auxiliary storage pools (IASPs) with S4i Express, its electronic document management and distribution tool for the IBM i OS. Running S4i Express within an IASP will give customers new options in the area of disaster recovery (DR), the company says.
After receiving reader email about my recent tip on how to port IBM i user profiles from one partition to another, I found there were two items that deserved more explanation and correction: 1) Restoring user profiles for multiple users; and 2) related parameters and objects that a restored profile needs. Here are some corrections and additional information that fill in the gaps that were missing from my previous article.