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March 18, 2013 | Volume 8 Issue 5


TOP STORY: In the Wheelhouse: Big News for SWMA! No Price Increase!
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: Business Intelligence Tools for IBM i
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: Seeking an IBM i Person of Interest
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition Puts You on a Solid Path to Becoming a Social Business
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: The 12 Sections of PCI DSS and How Each Relates to the IBM i Community
EVENT: This Wednesday: 4Keys to RPG Application Modernization Success
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Feature Article - Analysis
In the Wheelhouse: Big News for SWMA! No Price Increase!

This week, I'm talking about the SWMA price increase and subsequent reduction; new collaboration options, including expanded support for IBM I; COMMON 2013; and Power Systems manufacturing going south of the border.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

As I covered in my last article, IBM i software maintenance (i.e., SWMA) prices were scheduled to go up as of next month. But before customers could say "there goes the budget," or more likely afterward, the cost increase was declared null and void by IBM. That's a good thing if you're an IBM i customer as the announcement of the cost increase came on short notice when most of us already had our budget plans laid out for the year. Larger customers with systems in higher processor tiers and many active cores would've been on the hook for a significant amount of scratch.


Feature Article - Database
Technology Focus: Business Intelligence Tools for IBM i

In the business intelligence world at large, predictive analytics and "big data" are being touted as cutting-edge concepts. Although the IBM i was behind in these areas for awhile, it's quickly catching up.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

In May 2011, IBM published a paper entitled "The Essential CIO – Insights From the Global CIO Study," an overview of the results of interviews with more than 3,000 corporate information officers around the world. In a nutshell, that study showed that the top concern (83 percent) of those surveyed was "business intelligence and analytics." While one might object that that topic would only naturally be the concern of the typical CIO, it's also true that in the nearly two years since that document was published, business data and the information to be retrieved from it has only grown in importance.


Advertorial - PowerTech
Partner TechTip: Seeking an IBM i Person of Interest

Authority Broker 4's new Screen Capture feature represents a Quantum Leap in user auditing!

robin tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

A popular new TV crime drama called Person of Interest tells of an advanced computer that can predict crimes by monitoring the actions and conversations of New Yorkers for signs that they are planning something nefarious. Although the idea of "Big Brother" monitoring public places elicits heated debate regarding personal privacy, most of us acknowledge that monitoring user activities in the modern workplace has become a necessity.


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