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December 7, 2022

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Tech Tip: Getting Started with Geospatial Data

Using geospatial analytics gives you the ability to ask and answer the “where” questions about your business.



By Sarah Mackenzie

When was the last time you searched for the nearest coffee shop, tracked the distance traveled during a car trip, or looked up the new address of a store that moved its location? In order to answer these questions, you used geospatial data. Geospatial data is data that represents an object that exists or an event that happens on the surface of the earth. An example of geospatial data is the longitude and latitude location of all coffee shops in a town. This geospatial data on its own, however, does not answer my first question: “Where is the nearest coffee shop?” Instead, I need to compare my current location to the location of all the coffee shops in my town and calculate and compare the distance between myself and each shop. From…

Feature Article - Programming

Program Flow Using Free Format, Part 1

In nearly every program you write, you need to control the flow of instructions. Free-format RPG IV offers experienced RPG programmers a new style for controlling program flow. In this chapter, we look at the numerous operations available for controlling flow in free format through conditional and selection logic, “do” functionality, and loop interrupts.

By Jim Martin

Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 6 of Free-Format RPG IV: Third Edition, by Jim Martin.

The If Group

Four free-format operations—If, Else, Elseif, and Endif—help you construct programs that execute conditional logic in a structured way. Together, these operations form a powerful arsenal for managing the flow of instructions in your program.

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Profound Logic Solution Guide

More than ever, there is a demand for IT to deliver innovation.

Your IBM i has been an essential part of your business operations for years. However, your organization may struggle to maintain the current system and implement new projects.

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Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.

Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.

In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).



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Low Code: A Digital Transformation of Supply Chain and Logistics

Learn how businesses leverage Low-Code to continue to deliver value through digital transformation. Discover how the power of Low-Code is helping many businesses evolve their supply chain, increase ROI, and achieve more tangible results.

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Scott Klement Joins the Midrange Dynamics Team

The technical leader and IBM Champion will contribute to strategic product initiatives for the global provider of software and API tools.

Midrange Dynamics is excited to announce that Scott Klement has joined the Midrange Dynamics team as a Development and Solutions Architect.

“We’re really excited to be able to include Scott on our team,” says Michael Morgan, Midrange Dynamics founder, managing partner and Lead Architect for the MD product line. “With his talent and experience across such a broad range of development topics, we’re very confident that we can accelerate delivery of a number of important technical initiatives,” says Morgan.

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  • SB Profound WC 5536 Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. You can find Part 1 here. In Part 2 of our free Node.js Webinar Series, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Brian will briefly discuss the different tools available, and demonstrate his preferred setup for Node development on IBM i or any platform. Attend this webinar to learn:

  • SB Profound WP 5539More than ever, there is a demand for IT to deliver innovation. Your IBM i has been an essential part of your business operations for years. However, your organization may struggle to maintain the current system and implement new projects. The thousands of customers we've worked with and surveyed state that expectations regarding the digital footprint and vision of the company are not aligned with the current IT environment.

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  • SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericIT security is a top priority for businesses around the world, but most IBM i pros don’t know where to begin—and most cybersecurity experts don’t know IBM i. In this session, Robin Tatam explores the business impact of lax IBM i security, the top vulnerabilities putting IBM i at risk, and the steps you can take to protect your organization. If you’re looking to avoid unexpected downtime or corrupted data, you don’t want to miss this session.

  • SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericCan you trust all of your users all of the time? A typical end user receives 16 malicious emails each month, but only 17 percent of these phishing campaigns are reported to IT. Once an attack is underway, most organizations won’t discover the breach until six months later. A staggering amount of damage can occur in that time. Despite these risks, 93 percent of organizations are leaving their IBM i systems vulnerable to cybercrime. In this on-demand webinar, IBM i security experts Robin Tatam and Sandi Moore will reveal:

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  • Profound Logic Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.

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  • Fortra IT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators with intimate knowledge of the operating system and the applications that run on it is small. This begs the question: How will you manage the platform that supports such a big part of your business? This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn: