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2019 Solutions Edition

A Comprehensive Online Buyer's Guide to Solutions, Services and Education.


IT Trendz

Journey from Idea to Practice: Computer Architecture and Linux

Last week, I wrote about web hosting and breaking up the monolith. These are two big ideas that moved forward (or are moving forward) at different rates of adoption. One peaked and the other is heading for it rapidly. This week, I’ll focus on computing architectures and the emergence of Linux. 

Z Security Roundtable

Taking Pervasive Encryption Beyond IBM Z

There has been a lot of conversation about the value of pervasive encryption on the IBM Z platform, but it's important broaden the scope and consider the ramifications of data beyond the boundaries of the IBM Z platform itself.


Back to Basics: aixpert

On the road again. Nothing surprising about that because I travel internationally two or more times a month. What is unusual is that this year about half of my trips are security related (the other main topic is performance although I prefer the term resource optimization).

Open Your i

10 Amazing Things that Happened in 2018

At the beginning of 2018, I stood in front of the IBM i Large User Group and made a not-so-bold promise: it’s going to be a breakthrough year for open source on this platform! Not surprisingly, my prediction held true. For today’s brief blog post, I wanted to list (in no particular order) 10 of the many amazing things that happened in 2018. 

i Can

Prestart Server Jobs and Exit Programs

Securing IBM i is essential and it’s important you understand how to control access to your system with prestart server jobs. Prestart server jobs allow users to connect over the network and you must have a plan in place to ensure you don’t allow unintended or unrestricted access to the system.


An Update on DATA-INTO and More News

We mentioned in our second article on DATA-INTO that " ... we look forward to seeing what third parties and open-source groups can do with it." Well soon after that piece was published we received good news and bad news. The good news was that Scott Klement had added a DATA-INTO JSON parser to his port of YAJL. That’s also the bad news: Now Jon has to come up with a new project as that was number one on his to-do list!

You and i

Conferences, Community and More Ahead for IBM i in 2019

Greetings from the Rochester, Minnesota development lab! I’ve been a bit quiet lately, as the team works diligently on the amazing things we have in store for the future.  However, the “conference season” has gotten off to a good, leisurely start, and will soon hit its full stride.  That means many of us IBM i experts (inside and outside IBM) will be on the road, and I’m hoping we will see you attending at least one event.


A Goodbye, and Many Thanks

After 28 years of working with IBM Db2 for z, and almost 11 years writing the DB2utor blog for IBM Systems Magazine, I’m saying goodbye.


Machine Learning on AIX

If you believe that machine learning is strictly for Linux, check out this blog post, which outlines an IBM tutorial on installing and configuring Python machine learning packages on AIX.