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2019 Solutions Edition

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


IT Trendz

What About Application Automation?

This post is part of the series that I have been developing about automation on IBM Z. You might say that I have been working my way up the software stack through system, network and middleware. This week, I continue the discussion with a focus on application automation.

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

Should You Consider Becoming a CAAC Member?

This week’s blog was written by Mike McArdle, who is an instructor at Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and represents education on the COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC). The CAAC is looking for a few good members and Mike explains why you should consider joining the CAAC.


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

IBM i—For Innovators, by Innovators

If you’ve visited the IBM i homepage (and certainly you have, right?) you’ve seen the tagline we’re using to describe IBM i this year: “IBM i – A Platform for Innovators, by Innovators.”


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.


Automation and AI at Work

There's an old saying about there being no free lunches. (Kids, ask your grandparents.) But in the age of AI, apparently that's no longer the case. Check out this entertaining story about a savvy techie who used AI and Instagram to automatically post information and receive free meals.