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IBM i in the Cloud: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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If you’re running IBM i in a major industry such as banking, health care, distribution, or manufacturing, vendors are probably trying to convince you to move your existing IBM Power hardware environment to the cloud.

While there are advantages to moving to the cloud in terms of costs and personnel, there are potentially offsetting drawbacks. Here are some important items to consider and get answers for before moving your IBM i ...

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Justifying the Cost of an IBM i System Monitoring Package

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There are many benefits to buying an IBM i system monitoring and notification package. It detects current issues on your partitions, automatically notifies key responders when an issue occurs, and escalates notifications when necessary. A system monitoring package can also be programmed to automatically take action to solve issues.

Most IT managers understand and appreciate the value of buying a good system monitoring package. But corporate management may take ...

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What Business are Your IBM i Programmers In?

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IBM i shops often waste expensive and scarce programming talent recreating commercially available software for common functions like reporting and paperless processing, rather than buying professionally designed software and configuring it to meet their needs.

This tendency poses a simple question for IBM i shops:

Are your programmers in the right business (creating organization-specific apps) or are they creating and maintaining DIY solutions for software that you can easily buy ...

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4 Ways to Leverage IBM i Report Automation Software

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When most people think of IBM i report automation software (paperless reporting), they only think of converting and emailing spooled file reports to users. While this is a valuable feature, it’s not the only benefit a paperless reporting solution provides.

If you already own a report automation solution like SpoolFlex or you’re thinking of purchasing a solution, here are four other ways (besides emailing reports) where you can ...

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Native IBM i PDF Conversion Versus Paperless Reporting

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No_ProgrammingAs of IBM i 6.1, IBM now provides native PDF creation capabilities inside the operating system with the licensed Transform Services product (5770TS1 for i 7.x, and 5761TS1 for i 6.1).

While this is a welcome enhancement, it’s important to understand what Transform Services can and can’t do as part of an IBM i report automation environment (paperless reporting).

Here’s a brief overview on how ...

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4 Ways IBM i Paperless Processing Helps Banks

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iStock_000010139532_DoubleI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

If you need a programmer to set up and use a commercial software package, you’re implementing an outdated software model.

This is particularly true when buying an IBM i paperless processing solution (report automation & document management) to use in a banking environment.

Solving the Trouble with IT & Banking

Banks are notorious for ...

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3 Costly Errors of Manually Converting IBM i Reports to Excel Files

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thumbnailManually converting an IBM i report into an Excel spreadsheet is messy. The process is time consuming, a waste of technical & financial resources and can produce unreliable data.

In my opinion, it’s reckless and financially dangerous to manually convert existing IBM i reports into Excel XLSX files for analysis, especially when there are good third-party report automation

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5 Key Benefits of Archiving IBM i Forms and Reports

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Paper-Pusher-000037199644_FullA good IBM i paperless processing solution can archive distributed electronic forms and spooled file reports in universal file formats; PDF files, excel spreadsheets, and HTML files. Archived files can be stored on an external file server or on the IBM i Integrated File System (IFS).

A paperless digital archive is the treasure trove of information about your IBM i reports and documents. It provides easy access to your ...

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Enhance Your ERP Software with IBM i Paperless Processing

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Enterprise-Resource-Planning-000049675654_FullIBM i paperless processing can integrate with, and enhance ERP (enterprise resource planning) software made by companies such as Infor and JDE, often without changing the base software used by the ERP system.

Here are six different ways IBM i paperless processing software can enhance an IBM i-based ERP system.

1. Delivering and Archiving Existing ERP Reports in Universal ...

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