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2019 Solutions Edition

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


IT Trendz

Healthcare, Diversity and the Moon Landing: Welcome to Day 1 of the 2019 ECC Conference

In this post, I am sharing with you the complete program for Day 1 of the 11th Annual Enterprise Computing Community Conference. I am also including my notes in the form of a brief description for the sessions that I attended, including both the keynote and different concurrent sessions. 

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

Getting Started With IFS Containers

The term “container” has become commonplace in the IT industry. It’s sometimes beneficial to work in, or deploy applications in, an isolated environment. IBM i has long had capabilities to separate and manage workloads independently, by way of subsystems, memory pools, workload capping groups, and so on. IBM i also has the capability for chroot-based containers in the QOpenSys filesystem. Today, I’ll get you started with this useful technology. 

i Can

Delivered IBM i RFEs

The IBM i team has been using the Request for Enhancement (RFE) process for user requirements for over two years now. It often takes some time for an RFE to be delivered, particularly those that require a new release of the operating system. Many RFEs have been delivered; let’s take a look at a few that provide enhancements you may not be aware of.


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.


The Growing AIXchange Rate

After 12 years I guess it's inevitable, but this blog is no longer the only AIXchange in town.