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February 23, 2015 | Volume 10 Issue 4


TOP STORY: Modernization on the IBM i: Getting Started
FEATURED ARTICLE: Analyzing IBM i Performance Metrics 
WHITE PAPER: What Authorities Do Programmers Really Need?
EVENT: The Power of i
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL

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Feature Article - Programming
Modernization on the IBM i: Getting Started

The only true mistake you can make with regard to application modernization is doing nothing.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

Modernization. Everyone is talking about it. Everyone wants it. But we cannot always agree on exactly what it is. It can mean a few different things, depending on your needs and environment. This of course leads to confusion for those who need it most.


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Feature Article - System Administration
Analyzing IBM i Performance Metrics

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "Analyzing IBM i Performance Metrics," available free from the MC White Paper Center.

chuck losinskiWritten by Chuck Losinski

In every industry, business-critical processes depend on application performance. Interruption of real-time processing, customer service delays, and missed SLAs and deadlines are all plausible outcomes with all-too-real consequences. Fortunately, IBM i and third-party vendors offer significant power to prevent such disaster.


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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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Data Access in a Big Data World

With big data comes big responsibility, but it doesn't have to stress you out, especially when it comes to accessing partitioned files. You can learn how to adapt to the trends and take control of your partitioned data without losing the ability to query multiple files at once. Download the free Big Data Access Pack today!
Download Your Free Copy.

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What Authorities Do Programmers Really Need?

Left to their own preferences, many programmers will ask to be given all possible authorities on the system. That’s because most – not all – but most programmers are focused on getting their work done and would prefer not to be concerned with security. However, many organizations have policies or have to comply with laws or regulations that limit the authorities that programmers can have – especially to production systems. This white paper describes the authorities that programmers typically need along with techniques for determining the exact authorities your programmers need to continue to perform their job functions without having an all-powerful profile.

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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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Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL


Due to popular demand, Carol has updated her presentation on configuring iAccess to use SSL sessions to include, not just the step-by-step configuration guidance but also a discussion on the benefits and challenges of using certificates from a well-known CA (Certificate Authority) vs a self-signed certificate as well as practical tips for enterprise implementation.