Welcome to the MC White Paper Center

>> Review the list of White Papers below. >> Select the items you would like to receive. >> Provide your email address at the bottom of the page and submit. >> Your selection(s) will be sent to you without cost or obligation. >> All information must be submitted in English.

The MC Resource Centers bring you the widest selection of white papers, software, webcasts and more for you to choose from and at MC Press we’re all about choice. We’re even giving one lucky person the opportunity to choose their own prize in our “It’s All About Choice” contest for a $250 Best Buy gift card. Visit the MC Webcast, MC White Paper, MC Software, MC Case Study, MC Security, and MC Disaster Recovery Centers today and select as many of the FREE offerings you would like to receive. While there, enter the contest and you may just win a $250 Best Buy gift card!


(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)

(Offer Details)


Halcyon Software, Inc.

 

Previously, businesses have targeted hardware, operating systems and the user-base as the focus of their monitoring and management expenditure but an increasing number of companies are now investing in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and High Availability (HA) applications to keep ahead of the competition. Organizations that follow this trend are making a large investment in their future and complex implementations mean that you have to manage more, faster and with less downtime.

This paper explores the management and monitoring challenges faced by companies when implementing ERP and HA applications and demonstrates how, by automating complex and resource hungry monitoring activities, the business can focus on realizing the full potential of its investment and remain competitive.


(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Compliance is not a one-time event.

Some of you have found this out the hard way. You’ve made it to “compliance” and then sat back and ignored all of the items you worked so hard to implement or modify. A year passes and it’s time to prove compliance again. Because nothing was done to maintain compliance, your efforts are almost as expensive – both in terms of person-hours and actual expense - as the first time.

Through helping our clients – large and small – attain and maintain compliance, Carol created a collection of tips and techniques to help every organization address compliance and assembled them into a book The goal of this book is to help establish a security compliance “lifestyle” so that compliance becomes a habit, not an expensive and time-consuming annual project.

Request your copy of Carol’s “Compliance without the Complexities”, FREE of charge.


(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Security Administration is one of those ‘bullets’ on your System Administration To Do List.
IBM i Security Administrators’ Guide is brought to you by SkyView Partners Inc. Specifically written for the security administrator, Carol Woodbury takes her years’ of experience and knowledge as the IBM i Security Expert and explains the processes that should be established and checks that should be made by every IBM i security administrator.


(return to top).

Help/Systems

 

Learn how to combine automation software and IBM i to increase revenue and enhance customer experiences. Download the exclusive Help/Systems White Paper “Building a Sound Investment Strategy Through Technology.”

This free four-page PDF, written by Help/Systems Director of Automation Technology Chuck Losinski, is packed with concise tips for IBM i. You’ll learn why Power Systems running IBM i are the key to a sound investment strategy. You’ll also discover how automation technologies such as batch processing, agent tasks, interactive processes, backups, report management, and system and message monitoring can save your company money while making your operations more reliable than ever.


(return to top).

Halcyon Software, Inc.

 

Martin Norman, the acknowledged systems management expert, looks at common scenarios faced by operational staff and senior management at IBM Power Systems (iSeries) customer sites and identifies the top ten job scheduling challenges.

This free whitepaper discusses how these challenges can be solved and provides three examples of how companies solved their particular issues through job automation. Videos resources show how you can simplify even the most complex scheduling tasks across an IBM i environment.

Martin provides his observations about what the future holds for the experienced IBM i (iSeries) workforce, and identifies trends in working practices in some of the largest data centers where the “IBM i” is still the core platform of choice.


(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Left to their own preferences, many programmers will ask to be given all possible authorities on the system. That’s because most – not all – but most programmers are focused on getting their work done and would prefer not to be concerned with security. However, many organizations have policies or have to comply with laws or regulations that limit the authorities that programmers can have – especially to production systems. This white paper describes the authorities that programmers typically need along with techniques for determining the exact authorities your programmers need to continue to perform their job functions without having an all-powerful profile.

(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Carol Woodbury discusses the security concerns of cloud computing and provides resources you can check into as you address the security issues of this new technology.


(return to top).

Halcyon Software, Inc.

 

How to improve the flow of essential information around your organization, save costs and free up your time

Ash Giddings, IBM i industry expert, gives advice on how not to fall into the trap of ignoring or sometimes deleting large volumes of spooled files. These unassuming files can contain information and data that may be critical to your business.

This whitepaper aimed at IBM i System Administrators, discusses smarter ways to handle spooled files by considering the confines of disk space, backup and restore techniques and more efficient procedures for the retrieval, archiving and distribution of files. Ash challenges whether the traditional ‘green-screen’ view is the best way for working with spooled files and examines alternative methods to improve the flow of information around the business and reduce the administrator’s workload.

Download this document to learn his 6 key recommendations for smarter ways to manage spooled files, save resource time and ensure your organisation doesn’t get caught out.


(return to top).

Profound Logic Software, Inc.

 

The Benefits of Using RPG OA and JSON to Store Metadata in the Display File

Scott Klement, IBM Champion and Product Developer
Profound Logic Software, Inc.

While RPG Open Access is nothing new, there is still some confusion in the IBM i community as to what it is and how it is used. Additionally, there has also been much talk lately about Open Access metadata and how it should be leveraged with regard to RPG application modernization.

This white paper explains what Rational Open Access for RPG is all about, clarify what metadata is and cover how metadata is related to Open Access. It also covers how Profound Logic stores metadata in the Profound UI Rich Display files, and why we think it’s the best solution for storing metadata.

Get the clarification you need, request this white paper today.


(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

An organization’s data is a vital corporate asset. So how do you determine how much security is enough to adequately protect the data? Carol Woodbury discusses the considerations you’ll want to make to determine how much security is enough.

(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Auditors are increasingly demanding that programmers and even administrators not be given full rights to IBM i production and development systems. These demands are often taken personally by programmers and administrators who have spent many years providing solutions and ensuring systems run smoothly. Unfortunately, organizations have no choice in the matter. This white paper provides explanations on why organizations have no choice in this matter and why users should not take the loss of privileges as a personal affront.

(return to top).

Linoma Software

 

Leading edge IT shops are rethinking the use of underlying components within its data transfer arsenal, and are arming themselves to meet the ever changing requirements of PCI DSS and other compliance requirements.

This white paper examines how managed file transfer can help companies stay ahead of compliance regulations by keeping data transfers secure while saving time and allowing staff time to be reallocated to other projects.


(USA and CANADA only!)

(return to top).

Halcyon Software, Inc.

 

The ever increasing accessibility of IT presents business with a great opportunity to be productive from just about anywhere. However, this in turn gives rise to a range of issues and complications that cannot be ignored. Companies in today’s marketplace must be able to securely manage a complex configuration of applications, devices and business-critical information while allowing employees to engage with the systems in a variety of ways. Even the smallest businesses have to manage a myriad of different entities – servers, networks, applications, storage and remote devices.

With so much to take into account, and with so much riding on the implications of these decisions, is it possible to manage it all through a single pane of glass or is the concept just a myth?


(return to top).

ASNA

 

Mobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. Many IBM i shops today are realizing that integrating their IBM i with mobile applications is the fast path to improved business workflows, better customer relations, and more responsive business reporting. The ROI that mobile applications can produce for your business is substantial.
This ASNA whitepaper takes a look at mobile computing for the IBM i. It discusses the different ways mobile applications may be used within the enterprise and how ASNA products solve the challenges mobile presents. It also presents the case that you already have the mobile programming team your projects need: that team is your existing RPG development team!

(return to top).

Halcyon Software, Inc.

 

Most IT Managers must question at one time or another ‐ what exactly they are getting for their money from a software maintenance agreement?
Beyond ‘corrective maintenance’ what should you expect from a software vendor in today’s world to ensure the software is constantly moving in a direction which benefits your business?
Lorraine Cousins, CEO of Halcyon Software, discusses why some companies see their maintenance agreement as a way of getting new features with tangible business benefits while others regard it as insurance to protect against the risk of software malfunction.
Discover how to benchmark current and future software vendors to make sure your organization is getting the maximum value from your software maintenance agreement.


(return to top).

Help/Systems

 

Survive the climb toward scheduling automation with this indispensable guide. Clear internal and external hurdles, and succeed in each phase of your rollout, from research to implementation.

Our New Must-Have Resource: IBM i Scheduling Survival Guide

Download it free.

Help/Systems has been helping customers automate their IBM i environments for over 30 years.


(return to top).

Halcyon Software. Inc.

 

By John Fearon, ONCALL Group

This is not about getting rid of IT checklists. The power of a good checklist is awesome – but how can we make sure the best procedures are continuously in place and always ready for action if a problem is encountered. The key is to automate manual routines and checklists.

This White Paper discusses the advantages of automating traditional manual, hands-on management tasks for the operation and maintenance of IT platforms, systems, applications, networks and architectures.

For many of these tasks, missing a step or running steps out of sequence can be disastrous to IT services and the business.

Discover the five benefits of automation and how to cement in place a high quality set of actions, according to a proven plan.


(return to top).

Bytware, Inc.

 

Even for the smallest organizations there comes a time when monitoring operations with your eyes alone isn’t enough. This white paper shows you how to implement automation, the key starting points to consider, how regulatory compliance demands automation, and how to supplement IBM i's built-in tools.

(return to top).

Profound Logic Software, Inc.

 

Since its beginnings at the turn-of-the-century, Baker College prepares Michigan students for careers in high-demand fields, including business, health sciences, engineering and information services.

Running on the IBM i platform, Baker College's IT department over time has compiled well over a million lines of legacy RPG code which supports over 1300 menu items.

Baker College knew they needed to update their aging IBM i application environment to support end-user adoption and efficiency. But did that mean chucking their i platform altogether? Learn how the College's IT team found the perfect modernization solution using Profound UI in this Profound Logic Case Study.


(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Carol Woodbury addresses discusses the compliance mandates that organizations face and discusses the advantages of using the SkyView Partners Inc. products to automate compliance tasks and help improve their accuracy and efficiency of the compliance mandate facing organizations.


(return to top).

Halcyon Software, Inc.

 

This whitepaper discusses 101 specific things you can automate on your IBM Power System, (System i, iSeries), including links to demonstration videos to explain the exact process plus hints and tips on the best ways to use automation tools. Written by a systems management expert, Martin Norman, the introduction also provides “Ten Top Tips for Peace of Mind” and advice on how to prove a return on investment to your boss.

* If you previously requested "51 Things you can Automate on your System i" this updated version will be sent to you directly from Halcyon Software.

(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

These are the slide handouts are from a "Coffee with Carol" presentation by Carol Woodbury where in which she discusses the audit journal, and the information that it contains, and ways to get to that information.


(return to top).

Linoma Software

 

As more and more companies are implementing managed file transfer solutions, they often overlook a critical piece in the data protection cycle. This paper explains the role of the gateway, a buffer that resides in the DMZ between trading partners and a company's private network that serves as a proxy for file exchanges, and helps companies meet compliance regulations such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX and state privacy regulations.


(USA and CANADA only!)

(return to top).

Help/Systems

 

With big data comes big responsibility, but it doesn't have to stress you out, especially when it comes to accessing partitioned files. You can learn how to adapt to the trends and take control of your partitioned data without losing the ability to query multiple files at once. Download the free Big Data Access Pack today!
Download Your Free Copy.

(return to top).

Bytware, Inc.

 

The Integrated File System is one of the most ignored parts of the IBM i, yet it enables many of the most powerful and most used features on the system today. Overlooking the ways in which IBM i utilizes the IFS could weaken your security. Learn more about the top security issues facing the IFS in this white paper.

(return to top).

CCSS

 

While no one can be aware of every potential problem that may affect the system, you can reduce the impact of issues by proactively monitoring the areas where IBM i and the network overlap.
Download this white paper and learn how to:

  • Calculate the cost of problem resolution
  • Anticipate communication issues
  • Expose network bottlenecks
  • Evaluate your need for proactive network monitoring


(return to top).

Halcyon Software, Inc.

 

Martin Norman, industry expert, provides recommendations for managing users on IBM Power Systems i in today’s world.

Over the last 10 years there has been a dramatic shift in the importance of security and audit issues with more laws and regulations. In the beginning some vendors were claiming that the only path to total security compliance was using their solution - otherwise you could find yourself in jail! Compare those days to the reality of data security practices today. The big difference is the focus on the “real world” that we all work in rather than a standardized, perfect world approach to security. Martin introduces a more realistic approach to addressing security concerns using modern tools for user authority challenges and recommendations for real-time event auditing.


(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Your auditor may not know much about the IBMi but they do have a “playbook” covering typical things to look for during a security audit. In this whitepaper, Carol Woodbury discusses the items that most auditors typically look for on the IBMi. Further she explains how you can use the products she designed for SkyView Partners Inc. to address these and more.


(return to top).

HelpSystems

 

For over 30 years Query/400 has been the data access tool to generate reports easily from DB2 data—allowing access to insight like never before. While it continues to be sufficient for basic reporting functionality, most organizations are beginning to be challenged with the need to access and report on larger volumes of data than ever before. With business users are asking for easy-to-access dashboards and reports to gain insight more easily, it might be time to consider if it's time to upgrade from Query/400.

Download this exclusive IBM i white paper to see:

  • The history of Query/400
  • How organizations currently use Query
  • The benefits of investing in a new data access tool
  • And more

Don't waste any more time struggling with antiquated data access.


Download the white paper

(return to top).

New Generation Software, Inc.

 

Would you like help filtering through announcements and product offerings from IBM and others? Do you feel like your company's needs and budget aren't quite what a lot of these vendors have in mind? This White Paper helps you wade through the headlines to assess what's right for your IBM i users. It also examines:

  • IBM’s analytics and services strategy
  • IBM Query/400 and DB2 Web Query
  • IBM Cognos
  • Microsoft solutions
  • Open source and other software
The White Paper compares these products with NGS-IQ, NGS’ scalable, proven query, reporting, and analytics suite. It concludes with a section designed to help IBM i and DB2 supporters explain the strengths of the environment to critics and the uninformed.


(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Use of cloud computing technology as a method for reducing costs is a consideration at the forefront of many organizations. But at the top of the list of concerns is the security and privacy of the data being sent to the cloud. This white paper describes how to ensure the information being sent to the cloud meets your organization’s security requirements and the questions you should be asking your cloud provider.

(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

In this white paper we hope to explain why the decision to secure- or not secure – data on the IBM i needs to be a business decision … not a technical decision.

Something is preventing management from understanding the need to secure the electronic data. So let’s explore why we think this happens....


(return to top).

SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

John Vanderwall Chairman and CEO of SkyView Partners, has written a white paper to explain the hidden cost of compliance. This white paper will be especially helpful if you are an executive trying to understand the true costs of compliance or a member of the IT Staff trying to explain to your executives, the effort involved in responding to auditors' requests for information.

(return to top).

PowerTech Group, Inc.

 

Threats to your sensitive data are more diverse and more dangerous than ever. Hackers are no longer satisfied with disrupting your operations—they want your intellectual property and other sensitive information. And there's an even bigger threat inside your company's walls, coming from users with blank-check authority and no way to be monitored.
To prevent this, you need more than the built-in IBM i features. Download this free white paper to see how intrusion detection mitigates the threats facing your business.


(return to top).

PowerTech Group, Inc.

 

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to every organization that processes, stores, or transmits credit card data. Read this white paper to learn how the PCI requirements relate to IBM i servers, what you need to be aware of when configuring your IBM i system, and how PowerTech’s security solutions can help you meet PCI compliance guidelines and satisfy auditors.

(return to top).

CCSS

 

Implementing proactive system monitoring in your IBM i environment begins with planning. The effectiveness of automated monitoring solutions should be evaluated based on the degree of visibility they can offer to potential problems, the time they save, and the flexibility they offer in meeting the specific views and requirements of your existing and developing network.
Your proactive monitoring solution should be able to anticipate repeat issues based on your system demands, applications, throughput, and configuration, as well as provide fast access to information that will pinpoint the cause of unforeseen issues and those that are otherwise difficult to isolate.
For system administrators and managers who are looking for a practical guide to help maximize a new or existing proactive approach to system and message monitoring.
Download this white paper to learn:

  • Information on must-have monitors
  • Shortcuts to greater efficiency
  • Checklists of requirements for a customized roadmap

(return to top).

DDL Systems, Inc.

 

Download the technical whitepaper on MANAGING YOUR IBM i WIRELESSLY and (optionally) register to download an absolutely FREE software trail. This whitepaper provides an in-depth review of the native IBM i technology and ACO MONITOR™'s advanced two-way messaging features to remotely manage your IBM i while in or away from the office. Notify on-duty personnel of system events and remotely respond to complex problems (via your Smartphone) before they become critical-24/7. Problem solved!

(return to top).

PowerTech Group, Inc.

 

IBM i remains one of the most securable servers, but poor configuration and missing controls can result in undetected data access, fraud, or worse.

The only study focused exclusively on IBM i security found an alarming 94% of systems fail to protect all 27 exit points.

How many of your exit points are controlled? How do your systems compare?

Download the study to find out.

(return to top).

Help/Systems

 

Meeting healthcare regulatory requirements doesn’t have to mean enormous IT projects that last for months and consume your budget. Download this whitepaper and learn how to handle today's healthcare challenges of managing data:

  • Securely meet government regulatory requirements for data
  • Manage your electronic healthcare data efficiently
  • Get your data into the hands of those that need it


(return to top).

PowerTech Group, Inc.

 

The IBM i platform is known for its robust security capabilities. And it’s this reputation that often keeps staff from giving IBM i the same attention as other platforms.
But as new staff rotate in, IBM i expertise rotates out. Eventually organizations find themselves with maintenance gaps and dangerous security holes on a system once considered bulletproof. Even worse—no one has the knowledge to patch them up!
From beginner basics to advanced tactics, this white paper provides the background and instruction you need to restore your IBM i security back to its former glory.

(return to top).

 

* Email Address



 
 
 

* Verify Email Address

 
  Note: An email will be sent to this address to confirm your order.
 

 

 



Interested in IBM Power System White Papers, Webcasts, Software, Security or Disaster Recovery solutions?
Then use the buttons below to visit our other centers!

MC White Paper Center
MC Webcast Center
MC Software Center
MC Case Study Center

MC Security Center
MC Disaster Recovery Center