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Partnership delivers change management, testing, and test management software for IBM i businesses BASINGSTOKE, UK and Zug, Switzerland – Sept 30, 2021 Original Software, a leading provider of testing and test management software, announced today that it has partnered with Midrange Dynamics to deliver world class, reliable change management and testing software for IBM i businesses worldwide. Through this partnership, Original Software and Midrange Dynamics can now provide a full suite of change management and testing solutions to IBM i businesses. Testing solutions include Test Data Management, Batch Program Testing, Test Automation and Regression Testing. ...
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Wondering why you should attend POWERUp 2021? Dawn May, seasoned COMMON speaker, shares the importance of attending COMMON conferences in her Eye on the i article. Read Dawn's submission below: The Value of Attending POWERUp 2021 POWERUp2021 is COMMON's premier conference. It is scheduled from October 4-7 in Virginia Beach, VA. This hybrid event allows in-person attendance or virtual attendance and promises educational content unmatched elsewhere. If you have never been to Virginia Beach, it’s a great location to visit. The beach is impressive; it’s listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest pleasure beach in the world. The boardwalk ...
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The Value of Attending POWERUp

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Marina Schwenk, COMMON member and N2i committee member, shares her thoughts on the value of attending COMMON conferences. Read her full Eye on the i article below: Why I Attend Conferences Sometimes I get asked by my family and friends, “why do you like going to these conferences?” My answer is always the same: education and networking. One of the hardest parts during the pandemic was the loss of in-person conferences. The networking you get from in person conferences is not something you can easily replicate during virtual conferences. We all did the best that we could but, I am very happy to be attending POWERUp 2021 in Virginia Beach. As we cross ...
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In the latest issue of Eye on the i , Pete Massiello shares why COMMON conferences are invaluable for your career. Read his full article below: The Value is Being There I attended my first COMMON conference during 1989 in Chicago, I can remember this like it was yesterday. Boy this is making me sound old, but over the past 30 years I haven’t missed many conferences. In fact, I haven’t missed a conference in over 20 years. If you remember, back then COMMON held 2 conferences a year so I know I have been at over 50 COMMON conferences over my career. Do you know that I still look forward to attending the conference each and every year? With that said, ...
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Get Ready for POWERUp!

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It's time to plan your POWERUp experience! Everything you need to be ready for POWERUp 2021 is here in the Advanced Program . See session highlights, conference events, Virginia Beach attractions, and more. See you in October!
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VR or Virtual reality is computer technology not only associated with gaming. Many businesses are incorporating VR into their business processes to interact with. In fact, VR has seen a wide range of applications in different industries to make their operations more efficient, but also productive. Guide to selecting and purchasing stock The stock market is an industry where investors buy and sell ownership of assets. The market is important for economic development, and the ability to enhance productivity and safety has encouraged VR technology in the stock market. But as a business, how do you trade virtual-reality stocks and which ones are the ...
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Rocket Software Press Release

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Efficiency, configurability and security: New terminal emulator from Rocket Software brings innovation to users of mission-critical systems Customers get cost-effective host access without compromising functionality Waltham, MA — January 19, 2021 — Rocket Software , a global software leader for IBM Z® and IBM® i, announced the availability of Rocket® Terminal Emulator, the culmination of decades of investment in this critical and often-overlooked technology space. This software upgrade is available at no cost to all Rocket terminal emulation customers, including BlueZone and Passport, as part of the company’s commitment to delivering the ...
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One of the most common mistakes most people make when writing technical guest posts is miscommunication. There are many web marketers and bloggers with the misconception that writing for tech blogs that accept guest post content requires the same kind of writing used in college essays and dissertations. What we fail to understand is that the average web user is only seeking information that can be easily understood and digested without having to look for a dictionary or other resources for an explanation of complex words and descriptions. Clear and concise communication is the key to successful guest posting whether on a technical blog or ...
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Businesses, the world over, are suffering as a result of lockdowns and restrictions brought about by an unprecedented global pandemic. The novel Coronavirus has seen thousands of businesses having to downsize, people being laid off, working hours reduced and, in some cases, businesses having to simply shut their doors. Doing business in such tenuous times can be terrifying and many business owners may try to make too many cuts to save costs. Reassess and reduce Cut any superfluous telephone lines and sell excess computers but ensure you hang onto your invaluable and cheapest machines. If need be, switch over to the cheaper printing option that ...
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Mobile technology isn’t only one of the most pervasive inventions of the modern age, but it’s also one of the most useful. That’s why it will continue to stand the test of time. The question is; are you using mobile technology to your advantage and making the most out of it? When looked at as a tool for advancement both personally and professionally, technology can be a real ally in helping you to achieve success in life. But, it’s all about the way you use it. You could use it just to watch memes on social media or you could use it to build an online empire. Read on to find out what our advice is when it comes to maximizing the advances ...
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Big data is becoming increasingly important in business decision-making. The market for data analytics applications and solutions is expected to reach $105 billion by 2027. However, big data technology is only a viable tool for business decision-making if it is utilized appropriately. Google has shown how to use big data effectively for decision-making, but many other companies don’t understand the principles to follow. Far too many businesses fail to develop a sensible data strategy, so their ROI from their data collection methodologies is often subpar. Guide to Creating a Big Data Strategy A lot of companies are still struggling to develop data-driven ...
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This year, COMMON had the pleasure of presenting two awards to two exceptional members of this community. These awards are not given out annually but as individuals are recognized by their peers for having made a significant positive impact on the COMMON community. Please help me congratulate @Kim Greene for her reception of the Distinguished Service Award and to @Alison Butterill for her reception of the President's Award! Kim Greene Kim has been the manager of COMMON's Strategic Education Team since Spring 2012. Before that she was a Subject Matter Expert for COMMON in the areas of Domino and Middleware. She has also been an award-winning ...
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COMMON Awards

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Every year, COMMON presents awards to distinguished volunteers, innovators, and speakers at POWERUp. See the recipients below and be sure to congratulate them in the discussions below! Congratulations to @Kim Greene , recipient of COMMON's Distinguished Service Award . She is being recognized for her longtime service, in many different capacities, for the COMMON community. Congratulations to @Randy Sunderman , VP of Information Technology at Heartland Co-op, recipient of COMMON's 2020 Innovation Award . He is receiving this award due to the development of a system using IOT to Raspberry PI devices Instead to collect ...
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A Day In the Future

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by @Laura Ubelhor I was pleased to find the topic this month for COMMON Eye on the i was artificial intelligence (AI). Being involved in IT for many years, as a hobby, I’m always researching new technology and continue to see many brilliant minds at force in the world of AI. COMMON members collectively have a lot of potential to impact AI advancements. COMMON provides a platform to learn and collectively pool IT talent. Let’s embrace and race to what can be. Now let’s imagine sometime in the not so distant future. This morning I woke up feeling energized. I started my day off with my quick morning run. This helps me to get the recommended exercise ...
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By @Amy Blank Starting a technical project involving artificial intelligence (AI) is not different than any other project - It starts from the business. What is the business problem or opportunity the project will address? For COMMON, looking at starting a project involving AI meant starting with strategic planning. Once a year the COMMON board spends a weekend in a hotel conference room focused on how to continue the mission of enhancing the careers of our members. In 2019, the board took a different approach to strategic planning by partnering with IBM in Austin, TX for a Design Thinking session dedicated to the strategic mission of ...
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With around 1.77 billion websites worldwide, it is important to make your website stand out. Everyone is aiming to have their website rank in the top results, so you need to make sure that your website meets the requirements to outrank others. One of the most important ways to get a top rank is through relevant and appropriate SEO terms. Using the correct keyword and title length might make your site the optimal search result. However, ranking first is less important than having a great-looking website that is easy to use. Getting customers to your site is only the first step. Your site needs to be engaging enough to keep them there. Here are five ...
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As the novel coronavirus has reminded us, preventing a pandemic is a race between the spread of the disease and efforts to develop an effective vaccine. Even a disease such as the one that is now ravaging parts of China, with about a two percent fatality rate, could potentially kill millions if not contained in time. Think about the 1918 Spanish Flu that killed 20 million people worldwide before it burned itself out. ZME Science suggests that AI will play an increasing role in identifying and tracking the progress of diseases such as coronavirus, the better to contain the spread while researchers create a vaccine. This would work by having public health ...
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by @Gordon Leary AI, or Artificial Intelligence , is not that scary machine that you saw in that movie last night. AI uses algorithms and data to solve problems , or find answers . Through continued use of these algorithms, we amass more data, and make our machines smarter, and deliver better business results . AI is used in many aspects of our lives today – from search engines to recommendation engines to digital assistants, to weather forecasting – AI is part of our lives, and it is now even more accessible for businesses than ever before AI has many forms, of which machine learning is what we are most familiar with today. Machine learning consists of ...
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The desktop computer industry is giving way to more convenient ways of computing — mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Convenience is a good thing but generally, it can give way to security caveats. Whether the business or nonbusiness user takes advantage of the devices, there are some points to keep in mind when using them. Complacency tends to sneak in for the duration of mobile device use, depending on the general usage. Another more common danger is that mobile devices can be lost or stolen relatively easy. It’s a computer hacker’s pastime to set up WiFi access points — requiring no password — in order to obtain a connection to a victim’s ...
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When the internet became more user-friendly in the mid to late 90’s, it opened the door to various security caveats ⁠— a criminal’s honeypot. The world connected via routers, servers, and computers is now a primary target for those looking to exploit data theft ⁠ — a craft by which well-informed and expert computers users utilize a combination of various skills, knowledge, and tools to steal and/or compromise data stored on computers. Stolen data is used for a variety of purposes such as identity theft, political gain, financial crimes, and sometimes for merely stroking the ego. Footprinting , a term used by the IT industry to define methods ...
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