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Auditing Object Changes In A Production Environment
Easy Conversion To ASCII
More iSphere Goodies
Six Signs Of The Long, Slow Decline Of ERP
Bootstrap Responsive To IBM i Mobile Development
Can OpenPower Take A Bite Out Of The Datacenter?
IBM i, RPG, And Inaccurate Assumptions
Unifying Mobile and Web Development on IBM i
Stimulus Grants Are An IBM i Community Service
IBM Tops List of Security Vulnerabilities, But What Does It Mean?
CNX Looks Beyond RPG with Web Framework
RPG Creeps Up Language Ranking . . . VAI Puts POS Chips on Verifone . . . OpenLegacy Signs Partner
What Does IBM's Embrace Of Apache Spark Mean To IBM i?
IBM Gearing Up For October Power Announcements
New RDi Ready For IBM i Developers
IBM Issues HiPER And Security Patches For V5R4

The Platform

Exascale HPC Needs An Application Innovation Spark

Why Containers At Scale Is Hard

MemSQL Wants To Be The Storage Engine For Spark

CPU Virtualization: The Tech Driving Cloud Economics

Engineered Systems Decline, Converged Systems Boom

Dell Goes Modular With Tomahawk 25G Switches

Inside The GitHub Systems Where Open Source Lives

Deep Learning and the New Bayesian Golden Age

Shifter Expands Container Capabilities for HPC

Google Fires Up Spark, Hadoop Service On Its Cloud

Making Cassandra Do Azure, But Not Windows

Why Clouds Are A Risky Proposition For Big Banks And Brokers

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Like many business environments today, my shop consists of just one person wearing many hats to support the IBM i system. This makes for a tight, controlled environment with that one person managing the system very efficiently. However, most auditors aren't too pleased with this setup as it opens the door for potential violations with established compliance guidelines. Even though we are a small shop with minimal budget, we were able to easily develop a solution to satisfy the auditors. Here's what we did.
The system we love so well has a long love affair with the EBCDIC collating sequence, but most of the world runs on ASCII and Unicode. Dealing with ASCII data has not been a trivial experience for RPG programmers, but IBM i 7.2 adds a feature that helps immensely.
Before I proceed with this latest installment on the features of the iSphere toolset that plugs into RDi, I want to first update a few items I've covered in earlier tips in this series.
For the past 20 years, the class of applications known as enterprise resource planning (ERP) has largely dominated the business software discussion. But that hegemony is now slipping due to a variety of factors, leading some to speculate that ERP's heyday is in the past. The big question then becomes: What should companies do next?
Do you know a good mobile application when you see one? I'll bet you do. Although the IBM midrange community lives in a predominately green-screen world and uses outdated terminology like AS/400, iSeries, and System i, we see what's going on around us. It doesn't matter if you are an application developer, an app dev manager, or the worried owner of a company with concerns about the current state of the business applications.
It is not often that I give readers of The Four Hundred reading assignments outside of this publication, but from time to time, in the course of the other work I do in other parts of the IT industry, I run across things that are relevant to adjacent markets that ultimately have some bearing on the Power Systems-IBM i platform. Such is the case with a presentation that the chief for IBM's Systems Group gave to Wall Street recently.
Anyone who says RPG is a dead-end career is dead wrong. It's the door to opportunity. People are walking through that door with an education that costs less than $1,000 and a time investment of about six months. They have a certificate in hand and more than half of them have an entry-level RPG programmer job at an IBM midrange shop. Some would say this is the beginning of the end, but is an old-fashioned Midwestern success story.
It's hard for businesses to justify the expense of supporting multiple development teams, each with a set of specialized skills. IBM i shops know this better than most, since RPG isn't used on other platforms. But when it comes to developing Web and mobile apps, the technology and the frameworks are in place to consolidate these previously disparate functions--in IBM i shops and everywhere else.
The collaboration between the Maxava iFoundation and the IBM i community is expanding and showing some impressive results. The most recent round of grant funding benefited 34 organizations, according to according to information we received from Maxava, the disaster recovery and high availability vendor.
IBM has found itself atop many prestigious lists over the years--the holder of the most patents, the greenest company in IT, and the biggest server maker. But this month the cybersecurity research firm Secunia put IBM at the top of one list that Big Blue won't be proud of: The list of software vendors with the most security vulnerabilities. But what exactly that means is the subject of some controversy.
CNX Corp. is putting the finishing touches on a new release of its Valence Web application development framework for IBM i. Among the compelling new features in version 4.2 is support for PHP, which will help its developers keep up with the rapidly changing times.
RPG Creeps Up Language Ranking . . . VAI Puts POS Chips on Verifone . . . OpenLegacy Signs Partner In Brazil
IBM is actively embracing a new software framework called Apache Spark as the core engine powering predictive analytics application going forward. The big data world has gone absolutely gaga over Spark, and Big Blue has even put Spark on the venerable z/OS mainframe. But where does that leave its little brother, the IBM i platform?
The word on the street is that Big Blue is getting ready to make some announcements for the Power Systems platform in October, so brace yourself for more stuff. We are not sure exactly what IBM is gearing up to do, but we have heard some rumblings that will affect the IBM i customer base tangentially and perhaps, if we have our way, directly.
Friday was the first day of RDi 9.5 season. The general availability of the latest edition of IBM's modern RPG development environment was celebrated with fireworks, champagne, and raucous cheering at IBM i shops from Boston to Berlin to Beijing. If only it were that illustrious. The adoption rate of RDi is unquestionably on the rise, but the pace is closer to a rustle than a hustle. Maybe the new RDi enhancements will up the tempo.
Here is a weird one. Last week, IBM released PTF patches for OS/400 V5R4, also known as i5/OS 5.4, the venerable release of OS/400 that came out in February 2006 and that was withdrawn from marketing in May 2011 and had its standard Software Maintenance ended in September 2013. Extended maintenance is still running for those customers who pay for it, and will continue to do so until September 30, 2016.