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Why Security Audits Are Critical – Even for Power i

Posted by John Huntoon

Power i / IBM i has been one of the most secure platforms around for decades. But, as we recently discussed in our debrief on the Log4j virus, no ecosystem is immune to serious risks – even Power i/IBM i. 

If your organization wants to begin taking a more systematic approach to securing its critical infrastructure, it can be hard to know where to begin. Based on our experience supporting and securing a variety of enterprise-scale Power i implementations, security audits are the ideal foundation for more robust security practices. In this blog, we explain why and provide a breakdown of how our team organizes a Power i / IBM i security audit.

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Tags: IBM i Platform, Managed Services

IBM i 7.5: Security Improvements and More

Posted by John Huntoon

IBM i 7.5 (announced May 3, 2022) is here, featuring a diverse array of enhancements that will help this environment stay as secure as possible while continuing to add new functionality. In the wake of threats like the Log4J virus, IBM continues its commitment to continually improving protections for what is already one of the most secure environments around.

In this blog, we provide a summary of some of the most important features included in the IBM i 7.5 update, followed by a more comprehensive feature list.

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Tags: IBM i Modernization, IBM i Platform

How Power i / IBM i Help Keep Pace with Changing Business Requirements

Posted by Dave Kravitt

PSGi founder and co-President Larry Dube has decades of hands-on experience helping businesses leverage the Power i / IBM i platform to keep pace with their organization’s pace of change. 

In our recent webinar, he condensed this experience into a practical presentation on how to harness the features that empower this ecosystem to stay flexible, continue adding new functionality, and keep pace with changing business requirements for years to come.

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The Impending Retirement Crisis for Legacy Applications Running on Power i / IBM i

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The retirement of a key internal IT resource can pose serious risks to a business’s operations, particularly if it is sudden or unplanned. The hiring market for specific technology skillsets is already challenging. And the labor pool is even smaller (and shrinking fast) for legacy applications. As retirement continues to diminish the availability of talent for legacy solutions, the potential disruptions caused by difficulty finding a replacement will only grow more acute.

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Tags: IBM i Modernization, IBM i Platform, IBM i Cloud

Don’t get lulled into complacency! Why Security Can Never Be Neglected (Even for IBM i)

Posted by John Huntoon


Recent months have provided a vivid reminder of why it’s so important to have an IT team paying close attention to your security at all times.  While IBM i is one of the safest environments around, the Log4j virus showed yet again that no ecosystem is immune to serious security risks. 

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Re-Focusing on Long Term IT Strategy in 2022

Posted by Larry Dube

2022 appears set to be a crossroads for many organizations. The past two years have been incredibly challenging for businesses, including a rapid shift to remote work, unprecedented supply chain crises, and more. We continue to be inspired by the extraordinary adaptability we saw from our clients in response. While the COVID crisis is by no means over, we have seen more and more organizations become well-adjusted to this “new normal.” 

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, IBM i Modernization, Operational Excellence

A Step-by-Step Guide to Kicking Off an ERP Refresh

Posted by Dave Kravitt

ERP software is a strategic linchpin for manufacturing and distribution organizations. Employees interact with this mission-critical software every single day. The right ERP capabilities can play a key role in enabling a more agile, growth-oriented business. And a poorly managed system can directly hamper day-to-day efficiency, limit operational awareness, and even introduce critical risks to security and data integrity.

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Third Party Support Offers KBM ERP Users a Flexible Path Forward

Posted by Dave Kravitt

KBM ERP software continues to provide value to hundreds of manufacturers, but finding support for this legacy software is no longer easy.

In this blog, we look at how 3rd party support can help optimize your KBM implementation. A targeted optimization effort can enhance your ERP functionality and fix lingering issues while avoiding the cost and disruption of moving to a new ERP system.

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, Maximize ERP Investment, ERP Blog, ERP

Pivoting to 3rd Party Support for JD Edwards World

Posted by Dave Kravitt

JD Edwards enjoyed a longtime working relationship with IBM, resulting in many companies that rely on IBM i to run ERP solutions like JD Edwards World, OneWorld, and Enterprise One (with World running exclusively on IBM i).

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IBM i 7.4: Security Enhancements Pave the Way to Valuable Features

Posted by John Huntoon

IBMi 7.4, released in April, 2019, offers valuable new features that make this upgrade especially important. In particular, the 7.4 update offers some essential features for ensuring the most secure IBM i environment possible, including enhanced hashing for SQL queries, improved system tools, passwords, and more. 

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Tags: IBM i Modernization, IBM i Platform