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April 15, 2013 | Volume 8 Issue 7

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: In the Wheelhouse: IBMi25 Campaign Announced at COMMON!
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: In the Realm of Auditing and Compliance, the Song Remains the Same
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: 1 Tool to Address Your IFS and Temp Storage Problems
COMMON HIGHLIGHTS: COMMON Conference Celebrates Silverlake's Silver Anniversary
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Gravity Holds Everything Together
EVENT: What's New in Profound UI 4.5

Feature Article - Analysis
 
In the Wheelhouse: IBMi25 Campaign Announced at COMMON!

I was in Austin, Texas, last week for the COMMON User Group annual conference and exposition. There are plenty of highlights I want to discuss here.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

IBM announced the AS/400 back on June 21, 1988. On April 8, 2013, IBM officially launched the IBMi25 25th anniversary campaign (although IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will let out some teasers a few days in advance). Check out the IBMi25 Facebook page set up for the celebration, and also view the first three of many videos in which key IBM i community members talk about the launch. It's all part of the promotion leading up to the 25th anniversary.


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Feature Article - Security
 
Technology Focus: In the Realm of Auditing and Compliance, the Song Remains the Same

Despite a quality selection of auditing and compliance tools for IBM i, security problems in 2013 are largely "same old, same old."

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Probably as much as two decades ago, when the IBM i was still the AS/400 and being touted as the most secure computing system in the world (mostly due its magnificent isolation), there were still security problems experts could point to. Primarily these were 1) not enough accountability for changes to databases, 2) too many users holding too-powerful security profiles, and 3) unauthorized users gaining access to systems (e.g., due to weak passwords).


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Advertorial - Help/Systems
 
Partner TechTip: 1 Tool to Address Your IFS and Temp Storage Problems

Monitoring temporary storage doesn't have to be a headache.

tom huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

I recently spoke with a customer whose IBM i system crashed. Did they lose multiple disk units? Was there a failure of the redundant power supply? No, they had a runaway job that gobbled up temporary storage, they missed the IBM i message "Storage Threshold Exceeded," and, in the middle of the night, their disk hit 100% and the system IPLed.


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Feature Article - Analysis
 
COMMON Conference Celebrates Silverlake's Silver Anniversary

As always, there were plenty of announcements. Let's look at what the vendors, including IBM of course, told us.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

The COMMON Conference and Expo concluded its inaugural visit to Austin, Texas, last week and featured the usual mix of IBM i professionals seeking education opportunities and independent software vendors unveiling enticing software upgrades and strategic-alliance announcements.


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