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December 17, 2012 | Volume 7 Issue 21


TOP STORY: In the Wheelhouse: Selling the Metal
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: Electronic Commerce Apps and Services
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: Compliance Reporting: Home for the Holidays!
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Champion Program Names 2013 Champions, Including Steve Pitcher
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EVENT: IBM i Encryption Made Easy with DB2 Field Procedures
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Feature Article - Analysis
In the Wheelhouse: Selling the Metal

Let's dissect two studies that put IBM i at the top of the list for lowest total cost of ownership, total cost of acquisition, and total amounts of awesome! You want justification? You got it.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

International Technology Group (ITG) recently published two studies that talk about total cost of ownership, total cost of acquisition, risk exposure, cost of downtime, and security/malware considerations for the IBM i. The contents, in general, are things we know already: IBM i on Power Systems is the best platform to run our businesses on because of the cost reductions, consolidation, integration, security, simplicity, and the operating environment's virus resistance. Although some of this is old news, there are some great facts in here, so we need to dissect it a little bit. Why? Have you ever had to justify IBM i to a decision-maker? Wouldn't you love to have some key published information at your disposal? Absolutely. Those platform features I mentioned are a tall order to fill on most systems and may even sound like a bunch of hot air to those outside the IBM i community. Think about it. If you were a Windows administrator and lived only in the Windows world, what would you think if I told you that I could sell you a widely deployed operating system that had no known viruses? You probably wouldn't believe me.


Feature Article - Internet
Technology Focus: Electronic Commerce Apps and Services

The importance of Electronic Commerce continues to grow. EC product vendors weigh in on the future of the market and the best ways to get started with an implementation.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

With Electronic Commerce (EC) seeming to increase its contribution to the bottom line at most companies year after year, its importance to enterprises is growing proportionally. Given the opportunities to do meaningful business at any hour, with customers or trading partners located anywhere on the globe, companies who ignore or shortchange EC as part of their business plan do so at their peril.


Advertorial - PowerTech
Partner TechTip: Compliance Reporting: Home for the Holidays!

Security reporting should be an integral part of every organization's security strategy.

robin tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

I recently spoke with a number of attendees at COMMON's fall conference in Columbus who were facing regulatory mandates including PCI, Sarbanes-Oxley, and HIPAA. For these organizations, tremendous resources are often consumed in order to generate the variety of information deemed necessary to prove compliance. Other session attendees indicated that, despite having no formal regulatory requirement, they wanted to learn more about security reporting on IBM i.  


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