April 2000


The Keys to Network Management: Know Your Business, Know Your Business Needs

Size and location make little difference if your Web site is offline or your internal communication is interrupted. If your customers can’t communicate with you, you cannot communicate with your customers. In order to succeed, a company must manage its network – every node, every server, every connection - and the functions it is intended to perform must be clearly identified.

Everything Old Is New Again: Extending Host-Based Information Outward

Once a corporation has committed to migrating their legacy SNA networks to IP, they are in a position to exploit the power, flexibility and benefits of their new network. They are able to leverage the growing value of their mainframes, as well as the data and business logic that resides within. As such, corporations large and small, are looking toward the Web and Web-to-host connectivity as a path toward e-business and e-commerce.

E-Commerce: Plan B: Redefining the Corporation Amidst Denial of Service Attacks

Abracadabra!: Turning an IBM Netfinity Server into a High-Performance Intranet Controller

Today, most mainframe installations are increasingly interested in TCP/IP implementation and connnecting the intranet and Internet to their enterprise systems to access their legacy data and applicatios. This is where the Netfinity ESCON Adapter offers capabilities not found in other channel-attach products, TCP/IP Direct Connect and the Multi-Path Channel (MPC+) drivers.

The ASP Alternative: Technology Choices for Application Outsourcing

The phenomenal growth of the Internet in the latter part of the 1990s will lead to a fundamental shift in the information technology industry in this decade. No questions linger as to whether application hosting will catch on, but questions abound as to how the service will be delivered.

Industry News

Architecture Anarchy and How to Survive It: God Save the Queen

We're still hearing raging debates about "top down" architectures versus "bottom up" construction approaches to building data warehouse and data mart systems. The charges and counter-charges fly back and forth, with both sides claiming that theirs is the one, true, single way to build an EDW. This article examines the alternative architectures available, some of the market forces that are shaping the current and future BI architecture environment, and factors to consider when choosing your architectural path.

New Products for the Enterprise

Saving Major Data: Document Management "Firepower" Helps Watervliet Arsenal Win the Data Control Battle

Watervliet Arsenal, the nation's oldest manufacturing arsenal, has two types of firepower; high-tech, high-powered weaponry; and the firepower that resides in a new document management system that went live in May of last year - Process Innovator, the first totally Web-centric Product Data Management and Electronic Document Management (PDM/EDM) system.

Inside IBM

Business Intelligence: Venice and EIPs

Mine Your Own Business

Data mining technology takes information about how the elements in a warehouse are related and uses technology grounded in statistics and neural networks to look for patterns between values that could be significant. Automating the ability to pick up on these potentially revealing patterns can prove valuable, but it places serious requirements on the skills of managers and warehouse architecture design.

The Mainframe: Still Alive and Kickin' - Hard! Dain Rauscher Explores the World of the Mainframe and TCP/IP

Dain Rauscher Inc. is one of the largest full-service securities firms in the United States and understands the importance of both the mainframe and TCP/IP. The Investment Executives and employees rely on TCP/IP or TN3270-based access to the mainframe to meet their individual investors and small business owners needs.


Web-to-Host Connections: Will Web-to-Host Finally Kill the Green Screen?

Share the Wealth: The Critical Role of Business Intelligence in E-Business

Today's companies are judged not only on the quality of their products and services, but on how well they share information with customers, employees and business partners. Most organizations have myriad systems which makes maintaining complete, up-to-date information across many departments difficult. The more integrated an enterprise becomes, the easier it is for everyone to get the information they need - so they are empowered to make their best decisions.

Editorial: And Then There Were Two

Building Reusable Components from UNIX Applications

The promise of object-oriented programming is to promote the reuse of code. Unfortunately, in most object-oriented programming languages, software reuse occurs at the source or binary object level. Component programming is an extension to the concept of object-oriented programming that allows programmers to make use of reusable objects dynamically, using only binary representations of objects.