Applications & Integrations

The business world continues to evaluate and implement the cloud for some of its IT requirements. The concept of the cloud as a viable IT storage solution, as well as a way to cut costs, is gaining momentum. But it might prompt the question, is the cloud the right place for a data warehouse?

This is an interesting question for many, and a problematic question for some. For most large IT organizations, the most often-cited answer is, “We’re concerned about security, especially customer-sensitive or business-critical information.” Here we will address that issue from a somewhat historical viewpoint, but also talk about the trends and upsides we believe will shape this question in the coming years…

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Today, IT departments use a variety of tools and applications to receive and deliver information to internal and external users where and when they need it. Since 1964, the information delivery process has evolved from paper-based tools, such as printed reports and punched cards, to dumb terminals and desktop and laptop computers. Applications that precipitate collecting and delivering information through the various tools have also evolved to support the newest devices and to make the process as easy and intuitive as possible for an internal or external user…

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This fifth and final article in this series examines line commands and primary commands available on enhanced member lists. Primary commands are commands issued from the command, option or action line that appear at the top or bottom of ISPF displays. Line commands are entered in the input field to the left of each row of data. Try these commands for yourself and also review the previous articles for line commands and primary commands used on other ISPF screens: …

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When we talk to customers, they describe the need to balance innovation and strategic initiatives with ongoing, short-term IT demands as one of their biggest challenges. To help address this ongoing challenge, we advise them to focus on lowering their operational costs and use the savings to fund their strategic projects…

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Version 13 of the IBM Information Management System (IMS) makes sending asynchronous callout messages to WebSphere MQ simpler and more flexible than ever before. You no longer need to code IMS exit routines to define MQ headers or restart IMS after changing either the MQ header values or message routing information. You can now use Open Transaction Manager Access (OTMA) destination descriptors and IMS commands to dynamically define and route messages in IMS that are destined for WebSphere MQ…

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Assuming you share the “classic” interpretation of Big Data—that the term describes the deliberate massing of data from structured (database) and unstructured (file) sources for the purpose of discerning relationships and insights (via Big Data analytics), then you will probably agree the idea seems to be joined at the hip to another one: Hadoop. At about the same time that Big Data came into popular use in the vernacular of computing, purely by coincidence it seems, there was already a development effort under way to create a parallel programming model capable of supporting data-intensive, distributed applications on clustered X86 processors. That was Hadoop, and Big Data analytics seemed like a natural workload for Hadoop clusters…

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Earlier this year, while on a business trip to Europe, a client shared an interesting story with me when we were discussing high availability and network architectures. I’m going to share that story, but in the tradition of the old TV show “Adam-12,” I’ve “changed the names to protect the innocent.” The story goes something like this:…

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