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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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Andy Kulakowski

Wow! Amazing, awesome, very cool news! Thank you for the great news Alison, and more importantly, thank you for leading the charge in bringing value to the IBM i community! Speaking on behalf of our Customers, our Company and our Team . . . all of us who are 100% focused on bringing value to this wonderful IBM i community, we feel very fortunate and grateful that IBM has made great investments and great progress in extending the life and value of the IBM i platform!

Thank you very much for your efforts!


Brendan Kay

I am very excited about what can be done with the new 7.3 features announced yesterday. I think that we’ll see some pretty exciting implementations based on the time-based DB2 queries and even the Authority Collector. I always like a new IBM i version but this one has particularly pleased me.


Jennifer Fisher

Very exciting news for the IBM i community. Thank you Alison and the entire IBM team who continue to drive new and innovative technology to support our community and the businesses we serve today and into the future.


Gerard

Thankyou Alison! I see some really good features such as: Temporal support, Security authority collection and enhanced OLAP. I’m guessing, other OS will require additional tools to perform these tasks/ functions?