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IBM i in the modern world

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From the web interface used to order a birthday gift to the mobile interface used for paying bills, companies need modern capabilities like cloud solutions and deeper analytics to run their businesses in a secure environment.

IBM i has developed a tried-and-true reputation to help companies avoid downtime and keep their businesses secure. The object-based architecture gives companies the confidence that viruses disguised as files cannot be introduced into the system. Database row and column access control security make it simple to secure valuable business information for groups of users with different business roles and requirements. This is critical as companies extend their mobile user access and meet new regulatory requirements for privacy.

Multiple business applications can be run on the same server in the IBM i operating environment, simplifying management and in turn decreasing operational costs. Many IBM i clients have experienced a new low total cost of ownership (TCO) due to this simplification of operations.

IBM i is constantly evolving, working with independent software vendors (ISVs) to keep more than 2,200 applications updated to industry standards. IBM i on Power Systems provides a highly scalable and robust architecture ideal for efficiently deploying and developing these modern ISV business applications.

How IBM i meets modern client needs

Anticipating both client requirements and trends in the industry, IBM i continues to invest in strategies that enhance the database, optimize business analytics and further expand mobile access.

DB2 for i can help clients embrace data-centric and analytics technologies. With DB2 doing all the processing, clients are able to focus on improving business operations while continuing to protect critical business data with the industry-leading security capabilities of IBM i.

Business analytics products like IBM DB2 Web Query for i help organizations recognize trends, identify risks and ultimately improve outcomes. Not only can clients enhance security, DB2 Web Query for i helps clients analyze their data more efficiently to reduce costs and improve service levels across their business. With IBM i clients have access to a full suite of query, reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP) and dashboard technologies to provide a wide variety of business intelligence solutions.

The demand for mobile websites and applications continues to increase. IBM i offers mobile access to your system with tools from both IBM and key partners, allowing clients to expand application user interfaces to mobile phones and tablets.

So what’s next for IBM i?

True to its innovative style, IBM i is further strengthening its platform. The new IBM i 7.3 release is now available with many new capabilities to enhance your system. The highlights of IBM i 7.3 allow you to:

1) Conduct accurate analysis of data within a specific historical time period and provide an outlet to compare the insights against current data with DB2 for i temporal support.
2) Analyze data to plan ahead and build new strategies that improve business operations with newly enhanced OLAP functionality.
3) Optimize system management and security with the security authority collection.

Want to learn more about what IBM i has in store for the rest of 2016? Download the new strategy paper here.

A link to "the modern IT world- a strategy whitepaper on IBM i from IBM Power Systems."

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