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August 11, 2014 | Volume 9 Issue 14


TOP STORY: Top 10 Reasons Why Rails on i Is So Cool
FEATURED ARTICLE: Getting Maximum Value from Your Software Maintenance Agreement
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Using the IBM Advanced Job Scheduler for i  
WHITE PAPER: Checklists for Checklists on Checklists … Why Not Automate?
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Best Practices for IBM i Security Administration
MC INDUSTRY BLOGS: Possible Hackability of Boeing 777 Illustrates Vulnerability of Integrated Systems
EVENT: 2014 IBM Systems Technical Symposium

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Feature Article - Programming
Top 10 Reasons Why Rails on i Is So Cool

Don Denoncourt expounds on why Rails has become the hottest technology in the web development industry.

don denoncourtWritten by Don Denoncourt

I worked the PowerRuby booth at the spring COMMON Conference this year. Many of our booth visitors asked, "Why would I use Rails over Java, .Net, or PHP?" Each time I was asked that question, I seemed to respond with a different answer. So I decided to compile my top ten answers into this article:


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Feature Article - Application Software
Getting Maximum Value from Your Software Maintenance Agreement

How do you determine whether your maintenance agreement includes everything you'll need?

Written by Halcyon Software

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "Getting Maximum Value from Your Software Maintenance Agreement" available free from the MC White Paper Center.

Most businesses invest in software and protect that investment with a maintenance agreement from the software vendor. Most IT managers must question at one time or another what exactly they're getting for their money from a software maintenance agreement.


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The IBM i no longer stands alone. It now lives harmoniously with its other server brethren. Flexible Input, Dazzling Output with IBM i shows you how to build the interfaces you need to move data between servers. The free, open-source code and tools included with the book allow you to import and export data, automate data transfers, create attractive charts and graphs easily, generate top-notch Excel spreadsheets, and much more. And it's all done with the language you know and love: RPG. Pre-order yours today!


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Best Practices for IBM i Security Administration

In this Webinar, based on her just-released e-book on Security Administration, Carol Woodbury, the authority in IBM i Security, discusses the tasks every IBM i Security Administrator should perform.  From system values to managing user profiles, administering authorities and handling IFS security issues, Carol provides guidance for automating tasks as well as tips for simplifying them.