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ERP Upgrades: Love 'Em or Leave 'Em?
Townsend Security Turns Over a New LEEF
LANSA Shows Off Responsive Design Capabilities
IBM i Mobile Apps Made Easy
Vision Touts MIMIX Success Stories
An Introduction to Processing XML with RPG, Part 4
Formatting Dates with SQL, Take 3
Data Scrubbing Functions In DB2 For i
What Good Is Native .NET On Power?
Technology Refreshes Go Unnoticed By Most IBM i Shops
Move Your IBM i To The Cloud On Your Own Terms
HelpSystems' Application Integration Begins With GUI
IBM i Development Team Considering Native .NET
Spring Ahead, Fall Behind
Ops Dashboard Gives Centralized View Into IBM i Performance
R2D2 Is Alive And Well--Inside Your IBM i Server

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Dell Engineers An HPC Market Expansion

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Python Snakes Along HPC Continuum

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A New Age In Cluster Interconnects Dawns

Atos Carves Its Own Path To Exascale With Bull Sequana

Convergence Coming for Supercomputing, Machine Learning

TACC Supercomputers Render Artificial Heart Valves

Taking The Locks Off Transactional Memory

Applied Micro Chases Xeons With X-Gene 3 And NUMA

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HPC Spending Expands With Clouds And Data

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What is the value of an ERP system? At most companies that use them, the ERP suite is critical to daily functioning. Without a centralized place to run things like accounts payable and general ledger, the company simply couldn't operate. But that line of reasoning does not appear to hold true when it comes to ERP upgrades, which companies are increasingly choosing not to perform.
Townsend Security's Alliance LogAgent software now speaks Log Event Extended Format (LEEF), a data format used by IBM's QRadar security information and event monitoring (SIEM) software. The two companies' integration and development work will dramatically reduce the time spent training QRadar to understand security events happening on IBM i, says Townsend Security founder and CEO Patrick Townsend.
Designing Web pages that display on a desktop, a laptop, a tablet, or a mobile phone are no longer considered in terms of individual development efforts. That eats up too much time and often becomes an application maintenance nightmare. One development effort that results in user interfaces that correctly display regardless of the device is the new normal. Making the build process quick and the performance fast is the goal everyone is aiming for. LANSA is the latest option for making this happen.
As the number of IBM midrange shops building mobile applications grows, the ideas about features and functionality expands. Rising to the top of that list for many companies is the usefulness of a bar code scanner in combination with IBM i-based applications. It's a demand that BCD Software has noticed and it led to creation of Presto Mobile, an app for accessing modernized green screens from iPhones and iPads.
When it comes to high availability, few products have the installed base enjoyed by MIMIX. Owned by Vision Solutions, the logical replication-based HA solution is used by thousands of IBM i shops around the world. Vision recently published a handful of those successes in customer case studies.
In the first three parts of this series, I focused on the basics of using RPG's XML-INTO. In this episode I want to wrap things up by covering two of the more recent additions to this support.
Great technique shared! Function overloading is a real boon to SQL programming. Here's another way that requires less code and is less invasive (i.e., you won't have to recompile anything.)
Imagine a character database field that stores a phone number. No formatting rules are involved, so the values in the column vary such as 8370155738, 837/015-5738, 837-015.5738, etc. We'd like to write an RPG program that allows the user to enter a number, formatted or not, onto the screen and if that string of numbers is found in the table's phone column, show it to the user. Is there a way to use SQL to strip the non-numeric characters from the phone field, and select the record if the result matches the user input?
As many of you know, most of us at IT Jungle have advocated for some form of support for the Windows Server platform on Power-based systems since the advent of the PowerPC Alliance nearly 25 years ago. Back then, there really wasn't a Windows Server platform at all, in fact, and it was not until that alliance that two things became clear: Microsoft had aspirations as a system software provider, and it intended to start down that road by making its Windows desktop operating system available on Power, Alpha, MIPS, and X86 processors.
The IBM midrange community is full of normal people trying to keep the lid on a can of worms and make a living. In the pursuit of what should be two simple and compatible objectives, there's a lot of fancy dancing going on. What has to get done today overrides the broader view of what could be done. The IBM i development team rolls out Technology Refreshes, but relatively few take notice.
One of the biggest technology shifts in history--the move to cloud computing--is currently occurring. But technology pros at many organizations--in particular those running IBM i servers--are fearful about what a move to the cloud will mean for them and their organization. The good news, says Denovo Ventures CTO Richard Dolewski, is that IBM i pros can make the move on their own terms.
Almost every IBM midrange shop faces integration issues. The next piece of the IT puzzle has to fit in with existing environment, or the system that was functional 15 years ago requires modernization to make it functional today and into the foreseeable future. You're lucky if you are only dealing with one piece of the puzzle at a time. In fact, that rarely happens. You have to sort through a pile of priorities and make a plan. You need a road map.
Zero tolerance for AIX. It's an exaggeration, but not that much of an exaggeration within the IBM midrange community. There is a small amount of tolerance. And where there is tolerance, the seeds of open source have an opportunity to sprout and grow. PHP has shown that open source can be accepted as a viable application development environment. Ruby, Python, and Node.js are relatively new to the platform and are trying to gain a foothold. Now get ready for open source .NET.
Many of us have been in this community for a long time, and whether or not we mean to, some of us still call our platform the AS/400, or "the four hundred," or even the iSeries because old habits die hard. Call it what you will, but this is still a community, and it is one that we are members of and, for the most part, one we are all proud to be members. I, for one, wish that we had a better sense of the breadth and depth of this community, something a bit more than just the results of surveys and straw polls.
If your company is like most IBM i shops, the system is a critical part of your daily business. Whether you are packing consumer goods, reconciling bank statements, or delivering medical care, chances are the IBM i server plays a central role. But all too often, getting a single view into the state of the machine is difficult to achieve. That is what drove HelpSystems to release a consolidated operations dashboard with performance drill-down capabilities.
R2D2? That little dome-headed droid that always kept the Star Wars heroes one step ahead of big trouble? Well, not exactly. The one we're talking about doesn't roll around, nor does he chirp. But, unlike the movie version, ours is real. He lives inside your IBM i server and he spends his life keeping you out of trouble. . . with never so much as a thank you from his owner.