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2019 Solutions Edition

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


IT Trendz

ISVs, Service Providers and IBM Z

This post is the first in a series that discusses ISVs, service providers, the Dallas ISV Center offerings, PartnerWorld and the IBM Global Solutions Directory. The context for these topics is primarily IBM Z. Although the topics and offerings (in the solutions directory) are much broader than IBM Z, I purposely want to narrow my focus. Let’s get started! 

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

Copy a Monitor with Navigator for i

System and Message monitors were added to Navigator for i in the 7.2 release. They’re similar to (but not quite the same as) the monitors that were available in System i Navigator. One of the most significant differences is monitors in Navigator for i are for a single partition only. 


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.


Power Overload

I attended last month's IBM Systems Technical University (TechU) conference in Atlanta, and as always, it was an enjoyable and enlightening time. This week's post includes highlights from one of Nigel Griffiths' TechU sessions.