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IBM is a company with a boatload of resources. How those resources are applied to its large and prosperous IBM i market segment is a topic that we like to discuss from the perspective of you can't do enough for IBM i and, by the way, we think you are doing too little. Chief architect for IBM i, Steve Will, bristles at the accusation. IBM i strategy is his domain. Resource allocation is his tight rope to walk.
When it comes to security, the IBM i server is a different beast, as you well know. It's not subject to the same sorts of malware attacks that afflict Windows, Linux, and Unix systems. But thanks to its unique architecture, it has its own peccadillos when it comes to security, and understanding those strengths and weaknesses is critical for keeping up with security on the platform. A new tool from Skyview Partners should ease the work.
It is a story that every big multinational public organization is telling as they reveal their financial results for the second quarter of the year. Economic uncertainty in parts of Europe, South America, and Asia have pushed up the value of the U.S. dollar relative to the other currencies, which is great if you are an American traveling. But if you are an American corporation bringing a big chunk of your overseas sales back home for financial reporting, it is not so much fun.
When an ERP system becomes a drag on business efficiency, it's time to make a change. Inefficiencies increase costs and get in the way of expanding production and customer bases. An ERP system, particularly those that are 20-something years old and of the home-grown variety, are seldom equipped for modern business demands. What's the strategy for companies facing this dilemma? Keeping a lid on costs and disruption are priorities and understanding what works for your company cannot be sacrificed for a one-size-fits-all solution.
The DB2 for i catalog tables and views present a plethora of valuable information about the various SQL objects defined on your system and their relationship to one another. In this tip, I discuss the dependency tracking views. If you ever wanted to make changes to one of your application's primary SQL objects (such as a table, view or procedure) but feared the unknown (what related objects are affected?), then it's time to investigate these special catalog views.
You know how to send a message to the system operator message queue. Here's some code you can use when you need that message to stand out.
I recently visited the site of a company that had a problem of increasing disk utilization. The staff had run all the GO DISKTASK reports and nothing seemed to be getting bigger. Unfortunately, there hasn't been an easy way of finding who is using temporary storage. Displaying the amount of used temporary storage was so obscure that most System Administrators had no idea where to look. Let me show you how to see: (1) the amount of temporary storage that is being used; and (2) the jobs are using the most.
With IBM's official end of support for the IBM i 6.1 operating system coming up at the end of September, it's natural to wonder what effect this will have on the IBM i community. It's not exactly a long walk off a short pier for those organizations using 6.1 as their primary OS. The upgrade is uncomplicated. IBM has an extended support plan for the undecided. But what about the unsupported?
In the world of Web design, a user interface built with a "responsive design" is equally at home on a smartphone as a Windows PC. HelpSystems took responsive design to heart with the latest update to Robot SCHEDULE, which now features a Web-based user interface that will give customers deeper insight into how jobs are running on the IBM i server.
Faction, one of the largest owners of cloud data centers that you've probably never heard of, is getting into the IBM i hosting business through a partnership with Data Storage Corp. While Faction doesn't intend on shifting its focus very far from its core business of hosting VMware environments, adding IBM i to the mix will be beneficial.
Rimini Street and Oracle are prepping for a September trial that should help conclude the five-year legal battle over Rimini's third-party ERP maintenance business. However, the clock is just starting on a fresh lawsuit Rimini filed against Oracle in which it hopes to clarify the legality of its new business model. Despite the legal murkiness, both Rimini and its top competitor, Spinnaker Support, report brisk sales.
In June Infor delivered two products that are relevant to its IBM i installed base, including the 13.3 release of its M3 ERP suite and a new IBM i-based offering called AutoRelease Cloud. The new cloud version of AutoRelease, which is based on an iSeries-based product once used by more than 100 companies in the automotive business, includes software from Infor's business partner InterForm A/S.
Manufacturers across the country rely heavily on their MRP or ERP systems to automate the handling of resources. That's what the "R" stands for, after all. But it turns out that MRP and ERP systems leave a whole lot to be desired when it actually comes to managing resources--including raw materials and labor--on the shop floor. That's where companies like Crossroads RMC and its manufacturing execution system (MES) comes into play.
More than anything else, IBM is a systems company, and it always has been. We could argue about whether or not Big Blue should have ever exited the application software business, as it started to do in the late 1980s and finished off doing in the early 1990s, but I don't think there would be much of an argument that IBM has been and should continue to be a supplier of full systems of servers, storage, networking, and systems software like operating systems, middleware, and databases.
The proving ground for significant IT projects is far less about speed than it is about endurance. And when you can hear about a project that was completed, it's so much more interesting than listening to a sales pitch for technology that can take you someplace that no one has yet to travel and may be a place no sane person wants to go. Tried and tested beats new and full of promise for a lot of people despite the drumbeating that is designed to defeat anything that adheres to a slow-growth philosophy.
It's been just about two years since IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) was introduced. IBM didn't make a lot of noise about it. Maybe that's because IBM doesn't market products. It markets ideas. On the other hand, it might be because ACS delivered system administration with navigation features that most people have been working with for 10 to 15 years--features such as the capabilities to drag and drop, scroll down a page, and use a mouse instead of F keys.