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"Clients have merely scratched
the surface of not only what's
possible in these areas but
also what should be managed."
the full capabilities of those existing technologies. It's important to
continue thinking of the ultimate
questions their business-side colleagues want answered.
IBM i 7.3 offers the analytical
support a client would want from
a database on DB2 for i, so clients
can do onboard operational analytics using SQL to study the artifacts
of a business. DB2 Web Query
already has these capabilities with
many built-in consumable reports.
Another management offering is
Administration Runtime Expert
(ARE). This differs from DB2 Web
Query in that you can use ARE to
create a snapshot of what a proper
IBM i installation looks like and
ensure all is configured correctly.
It's available for IBM i 7.2 and 7.3
clients at no charge.
IBM i Access Client Solutions
is also available at no charge for
clients with an IBM i software
maintenance contract. Access
Client Solutions runs on any OS
that runs Java* software, including
Linux*, Mac and Windows*, and
consolidates the most commonly
used tasks for managing an IBM i
OS into one simplified location.
DB2 for i Services are grouped into four categories:
1. Application Services. These procedures provide
interfaces that are useful for application development.
2. Performance Services. These services include procedures that provide interfaces to work with indexes and
a view to see information about database monitors. In
addition, the QSYS2.OVERRIDE_QAQQINI procedure
can be used to establish a temporary version of the
3. Plan Cache Services. These services include procedures
to assist users in performing database administration
and database engineering tasks.
4. Utility Services. These procedures provide interfaces to
monitor and work with SQL in jobs on the current system
or to compare constraint and routine information
More information: ibm.co/2hTK9TS
With IBM i Web and
Your IBM i holds valuable data and
runs mission-critical applications.
But are you getting the most value
Deploying web and mobile applications that generate revenue is a
great way to give you and your IBM i
a more strategic role in your organization. Whether you modernize existing
green screens or develop new applications, you can generate revenue
with many different types of applications. This includes customer-facing
applications for B2B/B2C e-commerce
and internal order entry.
The business benefits are significant, including:
* Competitive advantage: Expand
your business to new markets by
making it easy for customers and
partners to place orders online
* Mobile applications: Enable
customers to place orders from
* Better customer service: Sales reps
and administrative staff can focus
on tasks that add more value to
the company, rather than taking
orders or rekeying data
* Real-time inventory: End users
have the information they need,
when they need it
Many IBM i shops are growing
their business with IBM i web and
mobile applications. You just need
the right skills, the right tools and the
Senior Sales Engineer, BCD Software
Greg has over 17 years' experience in
the IT field, the last eight focused on
IBM i. He currently coordinates technical
demonstrations and performs business
analysis for BCD Software clients.
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