Mapping an IBM i IFS Share to a Windows Network Drive

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iStock_000028037006_XXXLarge_web.jpgMany IBM i software packages store stream file data like PDFs, Excel spreadsheets, emails, Web pages, and log files on the Integrated File System (IFS). And because we live in an integrated world, Windows users need to map their Windows desktops to the IFS as network drives, so they can access this information the same way they access folders on other Windows servers.

If you’re a Network administrator or PC ...

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The Benefits of IBM i Document Management Systems, Part 2

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iStock_000016933047_XXXLarge_web.jpgLast week, I started talking about the following benefits most organizations enjoy after installing an IBM i document management package.

  1. Major cost reductions
  2. Professional forms design
  3. Multiple delivery options
  4. Secure delivery
  5. Digitized archiving, retrieval, and resending
  6. Reporting and auditing capabilities

The Big Six Benefits, Part two

I covered the first three benefits last week. This week, I’ll look at items 4-6 and see what they provide in terms of secure delivery, digitization, and ...

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The Benefits of IBM i Document Management Systems, Part 1

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documentmgmtsoftware.pngIndependently or as part of an IBM i paperless processing system, document management software provides many significant benefits to an organization. Most organizations can enjoy the following six benefits after installing an IBM i document management package.

  1. Major cost reductions
  2. Professional forms design
  3. Multiple delivery options
  4. Secure delivery
  5. Digitized archiving, retrieval, and resending
  6. Report and auditing capabilities

For the next two weeks, I’ll look at ...

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Make Your IBM i Run More Efficiently Using Database Query Software – Part 1 of 2

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63488565_thumbnail_web.jpgEarlier this year, I wrote a blog talking about the following efficiencies your IT department, your IBM i partitions, and your organization can realize by using professionally written software to generate and deliver queries and reports.

  • Programmer efficiencyGood professional tools make it easier to quickly produce and distribute new reports, without using expensive and scarce programmer time
  • Business efficiencyTools allow non-programmers to deliver ...
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Five Holiday Toasts for the IBM i World

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iStock_000059201880_Full.jpgIn the spirit of gratefulness, holiday joy, and fellowship, I offer up these five IBM i-oriented toasts for you and your loved ones this holiday season.

May your IBM i run peacefully, smoothly, and uneventfully this holiday season

May you suffer no hiccups or early morning software and hardware alerts, and may your System Monitoring and Notification software stay quiet on ...

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3 Ways to Use IBM i Monitoring Software to Reduce Unscheduled Downtime

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iStock_000062106332_XXXLarge_web.jpgMost people use IBM i System Monitoring and Notification software (System Monitoring) to alert on-call responders for items needing manual intervention such as program errors, disk drive spikes, and runaway jobs.

Beyond this common functionality, there are three configurations you can use in IBM i System Monitoring software like my MessageFlex software, to automatically detect and deal with unexpected ...

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What’s What in IBM i Laser Check Printing

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As traditionally practiced, IBM i check printing involves a number of expensive and proprietary processes, including:

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  • Secure IBM i check printing software that interfaces with your accounts
    payable system Pre-printed check stock that must be special ordered
    with your bank routing and account numbers. The different pre-printed
    stock is needed for each checking account that you print checks from.
  • MICR-enhanced check printers ...
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The Evolution of IBM i Paperless Process Management

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Organizations seldom jump directly from traditional IBM i manual document processing to an automated paperless processing solution. It takes evolution to replace paper-based distribution with digital processing for IBM i reports and forms.

Most organizations go through four levels as they mature and implement IBM i report automation and document management solutions to create a paperless processing environment.

 

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