Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i news roundup! This week we are looking at some IBM i fixes, possible Cloud answers, and some added security for IBM i admins. But First...
In honor of his birthday (April 5th), we wanted to recognize our own Liam Allan's first published article last August! It's a great article on Taking Open Source ILE Further in your business.
IBM i PTF Guide
by Doug Bidwell
This week came with some much anticipated updates in the IBM i world. Here are three of the updates that got the most interest:
- DB2 groups were released for V7R2 and V7R3.
- MG tools announced their new tool Option 24.
- Java clients new release... V126.96.36.199
Power Systems is Your Cloud Answer
by Shirley Savage
Business' that want to modernize their applications face many challenges including quickly developing new applications and services and conducting real-time analysis of their data. The Cloud can be a central tool for business who are looking to tackle these challenges (and many more). It can deliver strategies that allow business' to modernize while running any type of data workload.
“Cloud computing has emerged from the experimental stage and come into its own as a preferred delivery choice for real applications, versus simply a futuristic concept of enterprise computing,” -2017 study by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).
Check out all the suggestions on the Cloud can help you with the modernization of your applications in the link below.
Profound.js can give you a chance to connect your legacy RPG to a cloud based server to make the transition much easier.
Time to Get Your 2FA on, IBM i Admins
by Alex Woodie
Those system administrators that work in regulated industries will soon be required to use a two-factor authentication (2FA). Come late 2017 or early 2018 the latest PCI requirement will force system administrators to utilize 2FA. In the past, administrators who were accessing data remotely were only required to use 2FA, but come later this year certain administrators will be required to have a "something you know," like a password, as well as "something you have," like a hardware key fob or automated code.
“Every PC, every server inside your organization, is an attack point against credit card data. And so everybody who can log in – no matter from where – should use 2FA.” - Patrick Townsend, CEO and founder of Townsend Security.
And finally, we talk a lot about the power of Watson here at the IBM i Pulse, for all you golf fans check out what Watson is doing for the PGA and golf fans for The Masters here! It's pretty cool!
One of our focuses for 2017 is the continued adoption of Node.js in IBM i shops. Click here to read our white paper on Why Node.js Is The Solution Your Company Needs.
And there, you're all caught up! Sounds like we have an interesting 2017!