What is involved in IBM i

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Below you will find a quick checklist designed to help you think about which IBM i related domains to cover and 118 essential critical questions to check off in that domain.

The following domains are covered:

IBM i, Apache web server, Auxiliary storage pool, Closed source, Control Program Facility, DOS/360 and successors, General availability release, IBM 4680 OS, IBM 4690 OS, IBM 7090/94 IBSYS, IBM 8100 DPCX, IBM AIX, IBM Academic Operating System, IBM Airline Control Program, IBM DB2, IBM DPPX, IBM PC DOS, IBM Power Systems, IBM System/34, 36 System Support Program, IBM System/36, IBM System/38, IBM System i, IBM Workplace OS, Linux on z Systems, Logical partition, Microsoft Windows, MySQL AB, OS/360 and successors, Operating system, Project Monterey, Project Trillian, Proprietary software, Single-level store, Software developer, Software license, Software release life cycle, Transaction Processing Facility, Virtual machine, WebSphere Application Server, Web application framework, Zend Technologies:

IBM i Critical Criteria:

Communicate about IBM i tactics and integrate design thinking in IBM i innovation.

– Consider your own IBM i project. what types of organizational problems do you think might be causing or affecting your problem, based on the work done so far?

– What new services of functionality will be implemented next with IBM i ?

– How do we measure improved IBM i service perception, and satisfaction?

Apache web server Critical Criteria:

Differentiate Apache web server failures and look in other fields.

– Do we know what we have specified in continuity of operations plans and disaster recovery plans?

– Does IBM i systematically track and analyze outcomes for accountability and quality improvement?

– What potential environmental factors impact the IBM i effort?

– What are the barriers to increased IBM i production?

Auxiliary storage pool Critical Criteria:

Give examples of Auxiliary storage pool failures and adopt an insight outlook.

– What are your results for key measures or indicators of the accomplishment of your IBM i strategy and action plans, including building and strengthening core competencies?

– Are assumptions made in IBM i stated explicitly?

– Which IBM i goals are the most important?

Closed source Critical Criteria:

Have a session on Closed source leadership and cater for concise Closed source education.

– What other organizational variables, such as reward systems or communication systems, affect the performance of this IBM i process?

– Why should we adopt a IBM i framework?

– What are current IBM i Paradigms?

Control Program Facility Critical Criteria:

Face Control Program Facility planning and get out your magnifying glass.

– What is the total cost related to deploying IBM i, including any consulting or professional services?

– Is maximizing IBM i protection the same as minimizing IBM i loss?

– What are the short and long-term IBM i goals?

DOS/360 and successors Critical Criteria:

Distinguish DOS/360 and successors risks and report on setting up DOS/360 and successors without losing ground.

– Who is the main stakeholder, with ultimate responsibility for driving IBM i forward?

– How will you know that the IBM i project has been successful?

– What are the usability implications of IBM i actions?

General availability release Critical Criteria:

Have a session on General availability release management and find answers.

– Do we aggressively reward and promote the people who have the biggest impact on creating excellent IBM i services/products?

– What are the business goals IBM i is aiming to achieve?

IBM 4680 OS Critical Criteria:

Revitalize IBM 4680 OS tactics and overcome IBM 4680 OS skills and management ineffectiveness.

– What are the Essentials of Internal IBM i Management?

– Is the scope of IBM i defined?

IBM 4690 OS Critical Criteria:

Group IBM 4690 OS management and reinforce and communicate particularly sensitive IBM 4690 OS decisions.

– Who will be responsible for documenting the IBM i requirements in detail?

– How can you measure IBM i in a systematic way?

– Why are IBM i skills important?

IBM 7090/94 IBSYS Critical Criteria:

Match IBM 7090/94 IBSYS projects and ask questions.

– When a IBM i manager recognizes a problem, what options are available?

– Are we making progress? and are we making progress as IBM i leaders?

– How can skill-level changes improve IBM i?

IBM 8100 DPCX Critical Criteria:

Weigh in on IBM 8100 DPCX adoptions and modify and define the unique characteristics of interactive IBM 8100 DPCX projects.

– Who is responsible for ensuring appropriate resources (time, people and money) are allocated to IBM i?

– What are our needs in relation to IBM i skills, labor, equipment, and markets?

– Why is IBM i important for you now?

IBM AIX Critical Criteria:

Judge IBM AIX risks and correct IBM AIX management by competencies.

– At what point will vulnerability assessments be performed once IBM i is put into production (e.g., ongoing Risk Management after implementation)?

– What is our formula for success in IBM i ?

– Are there IBM i Models?

IBM Academic Operating System Critical Criteria:

Grade IBM Academic Operating System governance and reinforce and communicate particularly sensitive IBM Academic Operating System decisions.

– Does IBM i create potential expectations in other areas that need to be recognized and considered?

– Does IBM i analysis isolate the fundamental causes of problems?

IBM Airline Control Program Critical Criteria:

Wrangle IBM Airline Control Program tactics and assess and formulate effective operational and IBM Airline Control Program strategies.

– For your IBM i project, identify and describe the business environment. is there more than one layer to the business environment?

– How do we go about Securing IBM i?

IBM DB2 Critical Criteria:

Chat re IBM DB2 quality and summarize a clear IBM DB2 focus.

IBM DPPX Critical Criteria:

Scrutinze IBM DPPX projects and get going.

– How do we manage IBM i Knowledge Management (KM)?

– How do we maintain IBM is Integrity?

IBM PC DOS Critical Criteria:

Drive IBM PC DOS projects and attract IBM PC DOS skills.

– How can you negotiate IBM i successfully with a stubborn boss, an irate client, or a deceitful coworker?

– Will IBM i deliverables need to be tested and, if so, by whom?

IBM Power Systems Critical Criteria:

Gauge IBM Power Systems quality and assess and formulate effective operational and IBM Power Systems strategies.

– What will be the consequences to the business (financial, reputation etc) if IBM i does not go ahead or fails to deliver the objectives?

– How do we go about Comparing IBM i approaches/solutions?

– How can we improve IBM i?

IBM System/34, 36 System Support Program Critical Criteria:

Investigate IBM System/34, 36 System Support Program leadership and diversify disclosure of information – dealing with confidential IBM System/34, 36 System Support Program information.

IBM System/36 Critical Criteria:

Have a session on IBM System/36 issues and finalize specific methods for IBM System/36 acceptance.

– What about IBM i Analysis of results?

– How to Secure IBM i?

IBM System/38 Critical Criteria:

Concentrate on IBM System/38 quality and adjust implementation of IBM System/38.

– How can we incorporate support to ensure safe and effective use of IBM i into the services that we provide?

– Why is it important to have senior management support for a IBM i project?

– What vendors make products that address the IBM i needs?

IBM System i Critical Criteria:

Value IBM System i quality and probe using an integrated framework to make sure IBM System i is getting what it needs.

IBM Workplace OS Critical Criteria:

Substantiate IBM Workplace OS results and devise IBM Workplace OS key steps.

– Marketing budgets are tighter, consumers are more skeptical, and social media has changed forever the way we talk about IBM i. How do we gain traction?

– Who will be responsible for making the decisions to include or exclude requested changes once IBM i is underway?

Linux on z Systems Critical Criteria:

Interpolate Linux on z Systems results and pioneer acquisition of Linux on z Systems systems.

– Think about the functions involved in your IBM i project. what processes flow from these functions?

– What is our IBM i Strategy?

– How much does IBM i help?

Logical partition Critical Criteria:

Guard Logical partition tactics and change contexts.

– What prevents me from making the changes I know will make me a more effective IBM i leader?

– What are all of our IBM i domains and what do they do?

– Does IBM i appropriately measure and monitor risk?

Microsoft Windows Critical Criteria:

Administer Microsoft Windows engagements and know what your objective is.

– What are the key elements of your IBM i performance improvement system, including your evaluation, organizational learning, and innovation processes?

MySQL AB Critical Criteria:

Infer MySQL AB outcomes and catalog MySQL AB activities.

– what is the best design framework for IBM i organization now that, in a post industrial-age if the top-down, command and control model is no longer relevant?

OS/360 and successors Critical Criteria:

Bootstrap OS/360 and successors outcomes and get the big picture.

– Are there any disadvantages to implementing IBM i? There might be some that are less obvious?

– Do we all define IBM i in the same way?

Operating system Critical Criteria:

Probe Operating system planning and arbitrate Operating system techniques that enhance teamwork and productivity.

– If the firewall runs on an individual host for which all users are not trusted system administrators, how vulnerable is it to tampering by a user logged into the operating system running on the protected hosts?

– In a virtualized data center, guest operating system kernels were modified to eliminate the need for binary translation. which compute virtualization technique was used?

– What should an organization consider before migrating its applications and operating system to the public cloud to prevent vendor lock-in?

– What operating systems are used for student computers, devices, laptops, etc.?

– What operating system does your computer use?

– Is unauthorized access to operating systems prevented?

– How is the value delivered by IBM i being measured?

Project Monterey Critical Criteria:

Scrutinze Project Monterey leadership and assess what counts with Project Monterey that we are not counting.

– To what extent does management recognize IBM i as a tool to increase the results?

– How to deal with IBM i Changes?

Project Trillian Critical Criteria:

Reason over Project Trillian risks and create Project Trillian explanations for all managers.

Proprietary software Critical Criteria:

Probe Proprietary software adoptions and finalize specific methods for Proprietary software acceptance.

– Does our organization need more IBM i education?

– What is Effective IBM i?

Single-level store Critical Criteria:

Transcribe Single-level store failures and slay a dragon.

– Will IBM i have an impact on current business continuity, disaster recovery processes and/or infrastructure?

Software developer Critical Criteria:

Face Software developer goals and gather Software developer models .

– What are your current levels and trends in key measures or indicators of IBM i product and process performance that are important to and directly serve your customers? how do these results compare with the performance of your competitors and other organizations with similar offerings?

– Pick an experienced Unix software developer, show him all the algorithms and ask him which one he likes the best?

– What threat is IBM i addressing?

Software license Critical Criteria:

Investigate Software license visions and report on the economics of relationships managing Software license and constraints.

– What implementation technologies/resources (e.g., programming languages, development platforms, software licenses) does the provider support?

– Do the IBM i decisions we make today help people and the planet tomorrow?

– Is our software usage in compliance with software license agreements?

– Have the types of risks that may impact IBM i been identified and analyzed?

Software release life cycle Critical Criteria:

Meet over Software release life cycle tasks and correct Software release life cycle management by competencies.

– Risk factors: what are the characteristics of IBM i that make it risky?

– How do we Identify specific IBM i investment and emerging trends?

Transaction Processing Facility Critical Criteria:

Revitalize Transaction Processing Facility results and plan concise Transaction Processing Facility education.

– What are the top 3 things at the forefront of our IBM i agendas for the next 3 years?

– Which individuals, teams or departments will be involved in IBM i?

Virtual machine Critical Criteria:

Refer to Virtual machine risks and create Virtual machine explanations for all managers.

– Can your application be packaged into a virtual machine (VM) instance and run on cloud infrastructure or does it need specialized hardware and/or special access to hardware that the AWS cloud cannot provide?

– Does the provider utilize Network Access Control based enforcement for continuous monitoring of its virtual machine population and virtual machine sprawl prevention?

– An administrator is concerned about denial of service attacks on their virtual machines (vms). what is an effective method to reduce the risk of this type of attack?

– What types of resources (e.g., virtual machines, storage space, development environments) does the provider offer as part of each of its service models?

– An administrator wants to install a guest os on a newly created virtual machine. what enables the administrator to perform the installation?

– What is a limitation of using a backup agent on a hypervisor when backing up virtual machine (vm) data?

– What enables a virtual machine to be portable across physical machines running the same hypervisor?

– Which technique can be used to cluster a virtual machine with a physical machine?

– How many virtual machines are to be protected by the disaster recovery solution?

– What is the basis for determining the size of the virtual machine swap file?

– What enables a virtual machine to directly access luns in a storage system?

– What makes it possible to store virtual machine files on a nas device?

– What is a feature of virtual machine file system (vmfs)?

– What are our IBM i Processes?

WebSphere Application Server Critical Criteria:

Reorganize WebSphere Application Server management and customize techniques for implementing WebSphere Application Server controls.

– Where do ideas that reach policy makers and planners as proposals for IBM i strengthening and reform actually originate?

Web application framework Critical Criteria:

Review Web application framework tactics and get answers.

Zend Technologies Critical Criteria:

Prioritize Zend Technologies strategies and adopt an insight outlook.

– Think about the people you identified for your IBM i project and the project responsibilities you would assign to them. what kind of training do you think they would need to perform these responsibilities effectively?

– What tools do you use once you have decided on a IBM i strategy and more importantly how do you choose?

– Think of your IBM i project. what are the main functions?


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External links:

To address the criteria in this checklist, these selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information:

IBM i External links:

IBM i Access for Windows – Service packs

Virtual Conference – IBM i and Power Systems Education

Free-form RPG support on IBM i

Apache web server External links:

What Is the Apache Web Server? – Lifewire

How to Restart an Apache Web Server (Linux) – ThoughtCo

How to Install the Apache Web Server on a Windows PC

Auxiliary storage pool External links:

*ASP — Auxiliary storage pool

IASP means Independent Auxiliary Storage Pool – All …

Closed source External links:

Open Source vs. Closed Source Software – Associate …

Control Program Facility External links:

CPF abbreviation stands for Control Program Facility

DOS/360 and successors External links:

DOS/360 and successors – Revolvy
www.revolvy.com/topic/DOS/360 and successors

IBM 4690 OS External links:

IBM 4690 OS Version 3 Release 2: User’s Guide (SC30 …

Open Object Rexx / Patches / #93 Support IBM 4690 OS FTP

Getting started programming on IBM 4690 OS – Stack Overflow

IBM 7090/94 IBSYS External links:

IBM 7090/94 IBSYS – Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge …

IBM 7090/94 IBSYS images, pictures, videos & interesting …

IBM 7090/94 IBSYS – WOW.com

IBM 8100 DPCX External links:

IBM 8100 DPCX | IT History Society

IBM 8100 DPCX – WOW.com

IBM 8100 DPCX – theinfolist.com

IBM AIX External links:

IBM AIX support lifecycle information – United States

IBM Airline Control Program External links:

IBM Airline Control Program – TheInfoList.com
theinfolist.com/php/HTMLGet.php?FindGo=Ibm Airline Control Program

IBM Airline Control Program – dictionary.sensagent.com
dictionary.sensagent.com/ibm airline control program/en-en

IBM Airline Control Program – WOW.com

IBM DB2 External links:

IBM DB2 for z/OS. (eBook, 2015) [WorldCat.org]

IBM Db2 | IBM Analytics

ibm db2 dba jobs | Dice.com

IBM DPPX External links:

IBM DPPX – Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core

IBM PC DOS External links:

[PDF]Ibm Pc Dos Handbook – smirna.de

IBM PC DOS – Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core

IBM PC DOS Version 7

IBM Power Systems External links:

[PDF]IBM Power Systems E870 and E880 Technical …

IBM Power Systems – A New Breed of Servers – ibm.com
Ad · www.ibm.com/Power/Systems

IBM Power Systems & AS400 Hosting – Infor & High Availability

IBM System/36 External links:

IBM System/36 Archives – IT Answers

IBM System/36 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

[PDF]IBM System/36 Facts Folder – Typewritten Software

IBM System/38 External links:

IBM system/38 : an auditors guide (Book, 1985) …

IBM System/38 – Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core

IBM System/38 : an Auditors Guide. – WorldCat

IBM System i External links:

IBM System I

ADM960_Col10_2013_Title | Ibm System I | Transport …

Solutions for IBM System i | Pinnacle

IBM Workplace OS External links:

IBM Workplace OS – topics.revolvy.com
topics.revolvy.com/topic/IBM Workplace OS&item_type=topic

IBM Workplace OS: Latest News & Videos, Photos about …

IBM Workplace OS – WOW.com

Logical partition External links:

Patent US8301863 – Recursive logical partition real …

What is logical partition (LPAR)? – Definition from WhatIs.com

MySQL AB External links:

MySQL Administrator’s Guide and Language Reference (2nd Edition) [MySQL AB] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. …

OS/360 and successors External links:

OS/360 and successors – Revolvy
www.revolvy.com/topic/OS/360 and successors&item_type=topic

OS/360 and successors – Local Business | Facebook

OS/360 and successors – Sussle

Operating system External links:

nCino Bank Operating System

Find Out Which Operating System Is on My Computer …

Operating System and Browser warning

Project Monterey External links:

[PDF]Project Monterey – Inspiring Innovation

Project Trillian External links:

Project Trillian – WOW.com

Project Trillian – Revolvy
topics.revolvy.com/topic/Project Trillian&item_type=topic

Proprietary software External links:

Disadvantages of Proprietary Software | Chron.com

What is Proprietary Software? – Definition from Techopedia

Software developer External links:

Software Developer Job Description Examples | Indeed.com

Title Software Developer Jobs, Employment | Indeed.com

[PDF]Job Description for Software Developer. Title: …

Software license External links:

QuickBooks Terms of Service & Software License …

Microsoft Software License Terms

[PDF]2016 Drake Software License and Non-Disclosure …

Software release life cycle External links:

Software release life cycle | 9to5Mac

Software Release Life Cycle – Quora

Transaction Processing Facility External links:

IBM z/Transaction Processing Facility

[PDF]Distributed Transaction Processing Facility …

[PDF]IBM z/Transaction Processing Facility: Overview …

Virtual machine External links:

VMware vCenter Converter: P2V Virtual Machine Converter

Virtual Machine Licensing FAQ | Microsoft Azure

WebSphere Application Server External links:

Publishing to Websphere Application Server – Stack Overflow

WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5.9 – Welcome to Liberty

Zend Technologies External links:

Zend Technologies USA. – MapQuest

Zend Technologies Web Design | Branding | Web …

Zend Technologies | Headwaters MB

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