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June 16, 2014 | Volume 9 Issue 11


TOP STORY: In the Wheelhouse: Why You Should Invest in In-House IT
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: Mobile Application Development Tools
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: New Purchase Options Offer a Simpler Way to Acquire IBM PureApplication Service Subscriptions
MC INDUSTRY BLOGS: Possible hackability of Boeing 777 illustrates vulnerability of integrated systems
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Configuring IBM i iSeries Access Server to Use SSL
EVENT:IBM i to Mobile - A Deep Dive into successful delivery

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Feature Article - Analysis
In the Wheelhouse: Why You Should Invest in In-House IT

Who knows what's best for your company's technology future? It's the people in the trenches who get their fingers dirty crawling under your desks: your faithful IT department. And they need to be freed from stagnating budgets.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Why is it so hard to fund the mandatory?


A few months ago, I heard from a peer of mine who was tickled pink because she was able to bring on two new full-time IT resources; one is a developer, and the other is a business intelligence reporting guru. Those are two new positions, not replacements. For a small shop like hers, it's an extremely big deal. By small, I mean they have a CIO, four pure tech people, and two peripheral workers that have IT-related duties. That group supports about 600 users. By a big deal, I mean that it took her close to three years to cost-justify the positions and get them approved.


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Feature Article - Programming
Technology Focus: Mobile Application Development Tools

Building mobile-device version of server apps isn't so much about what High-Level Language is best to do the job. It's more about what an enterprise's entire strategy for mobile apps is.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist


If you thought the Mac vs. PC religious wars were amusing, you've gotta love the philosophical split that's grown up the past several years around building mobile-device apps that provide access to software running on servers, including IBM i.


Essentially, the debate is about whether it's best to use HTML5 to build Web-friendly versions of server apps that are accessible by a wide variety of mobile devices, to build apps native to each mobile device even though it's more work for developers to tailor an app to each type, or to follow the Third Way crowd, which advocates building hybrid apps that offer features of both philosophies.


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MC Video Portal

MC Video Portal

Configuring IBM i iSeries Access Server to Use SSL

In this Webinar security expert Carol Woodbury will discuss that several laws and regulations, including the PCI Data Security Standards require that administrators access the system over an encrypted session. Whether you have to comply with one of these regulations or you want to implement this because it's a good security practice, this session will provide the step-by-step instructions for configuring these encrypted sessions. During this webinar, you'll find out how to configure the IBM i using DCM (Digital Certificate Manager) and the steps to configure the clients.


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