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January 16, 2015 | Volume 12 Issue 2

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: TechTip: Build Web Apps with the Flip of a LightSwitch
FEATURED ARTICLE: Book Review: DB2 11: The Ultimate Database for Cloud, Analytics, and Mobile
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: m-Power Enhanced to Create Web Services
WHITE PAPER: Business Intelligence for the IBM i Customer
EVENT:SkyView Deep Dive Security Training for IBM i
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Using the Newer Clients for Accessing IBM i – Good for Security or Not

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Get the latest and greatest advice from the DB2 for z/OS gurus! DB2 11: The Ultimate Database for Cloud, Analytics, and Mobile provides essential advice and explanations to ensure a successful upgrade--including feedback from early customer experiences. This book describes new DB2 11 features that can help you respond cost-effectively to the data explosion resulting from mobile applications, cloud computing, social media, and smart devices. Understand the new functions in DB2 11, plan your migration strategy, and learn about important new support for application compatibility. Get your copy today!


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Feature Article - TechTip
 
TechTip: Build Web Apps with the Flip of a LightSwitch

Microsoft LightSwitch allows developers to quickly create HTML applications with minimal coding.

Written by Michael Sansoterra

In my article on SOA and REST, I explained in general terms how to build applications that can be accessed from virtually any device or platform within your own private network or from the Internet. Further, in IBM i Devs Get Some REST with OData, I discussed the OData protocol (aka "ODBC for the web") and explained how it's used to build a self-describing REST API so that "OData-aware" tools can easily integrate with an OData-based API. In this article, I show how all the pieces of developing a modern app, including using multiple tiers and OData-based REST access, come together using Microsoft's LightSwitch. I'll also reveal a stumbling block for IBM i shops that want to use LightSwitch.


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Feature Article - Database
 
Book Review: DB2 11: The Ultimate Database for Cloud, Analytics, and Mobile

This book covers all the new features and enhancements, discusses migration options, provides customer experience case studies, and much more.

prasad maniWritten by Prasad Mani

DB2 11 is a new version from the IBM DB2 z/OS family that is clearly targeted toward today's business needs, driven by an increasing need to optimize existing systems and processes in addition to an ever-increasing data volume and its utilization in cloud, analytics, and mobile platforms. One of the primary reasons that this book is a must-read for anyone using DB2from developers to DBAs, application designers, architects, and managersis its simplicity and the fact that it covers key items we all need to know about DB2 11.


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Sponsor - The MC Press Bookstore
 

Take the next step with PHP! Expand your knowledge and understanding of this essential programming language with the latest book from PHP guru Kevin Schroeder: Advanced Guide to PHP on IBM i. Master important PHP topics such as debugging, test-driven development, web-based development, advanced object-oriented programming, and web security. You’ll also get an in-depth look at the new PHP Toolkit for IBM i provided by Zend Technologies. Don’t delay; get started today on building your understanding and skill level with this example-packed, accessible book. Order today! 


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MC White Paper Center
 

Don't miss these great Featured White Papers:

Business Intelligence for the IBM i Customer

Are you on information overload from the barrage of announcements and ads for BI solutions, including IBM’s new DB2 Web Query V2.1? End the confusion and get informed. This White Paper guides you in evaluating which solution may be the best fit for your company, users, budget, environment and more. It also examines:

  • IBM’s analytics and services strategy
  • the repackaged DB2 Web QueryV2.1
  • IBM’s Cognos solution
  • other BI software in the market

The White Paper offers a comparison of these products with NGS-IQ, NGS’ scalable, proven BI suite of products used by thousands of i customers of all sizes in virtually every industry.

It concludes with a section designed to help IBM i and DB2 supporters explain the strengths of the environment to critics and the uninformed.

 

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Cloud Computing

Carol Woodbury discusses the security concerns of cloud computing and provides resources you can check into as you address the security issues of this new technology.

 

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PCI and What it means to IBM i

While one may think that PCI is a thing of the past and that it’s already been implemented, major breaches (most notably of the Target PoS systems) have brought it back into focus. Some retailers are just now understanding how PCI applies to them and other organizations have started to accept credit cards when they didn’t in the past. To refresh everyone’s memory, here’s an overview of what PCI means to the IBM i community and what organizations that use an IBM i to store, process or access cardholder data need to be aware of.

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Virus Got You Down?

Does a virus have your server down? Perhaps it’s the latest worm, Trojan horse, buffer overflow or denial of service attack that’s got you or one of your servers down. While one of these bugs may be affecting one or more of your servers in your enterprise, it is highly unlikely that the server affected is a Power server running IBM i. IBM i may be running your core business applications or it may be hosting your web site or running Domino. Whatever its function within your enterprise IBM i has remained unaffected by virus and malware attacks. Why is that? Viruses and other ailments spread by infecting a host that is vulnerable. Let’s take a look at how IBM i and the applications running on it can remain unscathed by the viruses and malware that are so prevalent today. In this white paper, Carol Woodbury of SkyView Partners defines each “ailment” and then describe the defenses and protection mechanisms provided by IBM i to ward off the attack.

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IBM i Scheduling Survival Guide

Survive the climb toward scheduling automation with this indispensable guide. Clear internal and external hurdles, and succeed in each phase of your rollout, from research to implementation.

Our New Must-Have Resource: IBM i Scheduling Survival Guide

Download it free.

Help/Systems has been helping customers automate their IBM i environments for over 30 years.

 

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The MC Resource Centers bring you the widest selection of white papers, software, webcasts and more for you to choose from and at MC Press we’re all about choice. We’re even giving one lucky person the opportunity to choose their own prize in our “It’s All About Choice” contest for a $250 Best Buy gift card.  Visit the MC Webcast, MC White Paper, MC Software, MC Case Study, MC Security,  and MC Disaster Recovery Centers today and select as many of the FREE offerings you would like to receive. While there, enter the contest and you may just win a $250 Best Buy gift card!

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Using the Newer Clients for Accessing IBM i – Good for Security or Not

 

In this session, Carol is pleased to be joined by long-time friend Tim Rowe – Business Architect for Systems Management and Application Development - from IBM in Rochester, MN. Tim and Carol will be discussing the security ‘pros and cons’ of the newer strategic clients that are available for accessing IBM i – including mobile, IBM i Access Client Solutions and i Access for the Web as well as a discussion on recently discovered vulnerabilities and exploits that may – or may not - affect these clients.


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