4/03/06 issue

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ASCDI inside

Consumer markets

Education market

HP

Intermec

iSeries

Market news

Security

Services for customers

 

IBM takes collaboration on iSeries education to deepest level yet

Intermec resolves patent dispute with HP

Wanted: iSeries experts

 

ASCDI Inside

ASCDI Director Jeff Klein addresses Equipment Leasing Association (ELA):

Proclaims ‘ASCDI End User Bill of Rights’

 

Jeff Klein, an ASCDI Director, presented the ASCDI ‘End-User Bill of Rights’ at the annual Equipment Management Conference held in Tampa, FL. Klein’s message was targeted at helping industry professionals understand how OEM policies can potentially undermine the value of well maintained technology assets. Klein’s address was also the first speech made by an ASCDI leader in front of another industry group as part of a larger effort to garner support for ASCDI’s vision of improved rights for enterprise technology owners. The ASCDI adopted the End-User Bill of Rights in September 2004.

 

Klein is President of KCI, Inc. a company specializing in leasing, selling and maintaining used mainframe and peripheral equipment.

 

You can read more about his remarks here.

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Consumer markets

Maturing digital camera market expected to show growth in new worldwide regions

According to a new study from InfoTrends, the worldwide digital camera market continues to demonstrate a strong year-over-year unit growth rate. 2006 sales are expected to reach nearly 89 million units, representing a 15% increase over 2005. Even though worldwide unit and revenue figures are on the rise, shipments are expected to peak soon in North America and Western Europe. Growth in the Asia-Pacific region, Eastern Europe, and Latin America will offset these declines and continue to drive growth through 2010. In fact, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to become the leading region for digital cameras by the end of the forecast period. The maturation of the Japanese, North American, and Western European digital camera markets will likely set off a chain reaction of other trends, such as an industry vendor shakeout, an increased number of repeat buyers and the practice of designing and marketing digital cameras for late adopters. Lower camera profit margins will prompt many digital camera vendors to seek monetary opportunities after the point of capture, sparking additional interest in viewing, editing, sharing, preservation and printing.

Visit www.infotrends.com.

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Education market

IBM takes collaboration on iSeries education to deepest level yet
The iSeries Scholars Program (previously Partners in Education) has had its share of ups and downs. This year, says Linda Grigoleit, IBM's iSeries education program director, IBM is taking its collaboration with its partner schools to a much deeper level, starting with a new program at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (UNL). The school will serve as a hub for other colleges and universities around the world, giving remote iSeries access to students and faculty members at other institutions. The hub concept is nothing new for the iSeries; IBM has announced other teaching hubs in recent years. Now, however, the company will also work with UNL faculty to design a whole new curriculum for the iSeries. Previously, IBM designed the curriculum on its own and presented it to the schools to teach. Although the educational program will still feature iSeries technical basics, it will also include new components explaining how to use the system to solve business problems, with courses such as ‘driving business innovation through IT simplification’ and ‘managing higher system utilization.’  "We've heard from customers that there's really a gap," Grigoleit says. "Students come in knowing the technology, but they don't know how it applies on the business side." UNL students and faculty members will also collaborate with IBM on a variety of research projects and will develop System i case studies.

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HP

HP and industry experts partner to reduce warranty costs for manufacturers

HP introduced an initiative designed to help reduce warranty costs by streamlining the entire warranty chain management process for discrete manufac-turers, those that produce distinct items such as automobiles, appliances or computers. Using its own experience as a guide, HP leveraged the warranty chain management expertise of four solution providers -- Microsoft, PolyVista, iTAC Software and 4CS -- to deliver a "closed loop" solution that spans manufacturing and parts traceability to warranty claims and customer satisfaction. The solution identifies early product reliability issues and provides information to manufacturing divisions to correct the problem. That information is then passed to design and engineering divisions to help correct the problem in future products. Finally, the information flows to vendors and suppliers to help improve long-term product reliability. From 2001 to 2003, HP saved hundreds of millions of dollars in warranty costs by streamlining its warranty chain; it also reduced the time it takes to detect problems in many product areas from 120 days to 24 hours.

Visit www.hp.com/go/manufacturing/warranty.

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Intermec

Intermec system provides secure ID credentialing

Intermec Inc. of Everett, Wash. and Intelli-Check Inc. of Woodbury, New York have created one of the first identification and verification systems that meets the credentialing requirements of Federal Information Processing Standards 201 (FIPS 201), which requires identity verification of Federal employees and contractors.  By June 27, 2006, all those affected by Federal credentialing require-ments must comply with the ID verification process. Additionally, by January 2008, the U.S. Government has mandated that all first responders to national emergencies, such as the National Guard, military and medical personnel, carry common identification cards encoded with vital information such as the carrier's certifications and security clearances. Intelli-Check software, combined with the Intermec 700, can read and verify the carrier identity of these and many other types of ID cards. Intelli-Check's patented soft-ware, used with Intermec 700 mobile computers, allows immediate, on-the-spot personnel identifi-cation across jurisdictional boundaries. The Intermec 700 rugged mobile verification handheld can read magnetic stripe, bar code and smart card technologies within one device. This allows responders to read and verify the data encoded on U.S. and Canadian driver licenses, state and provincial non-driver IDs and military IDs.

Visit www.intermec.com or www.intellicheck.com.

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Intermec resolves patent dispute with HP

Intermec Inc. announced a positive resolution to a patent dispute with HP regarding patents owned by Intermec. Intermec's patents involve its smart battery management technology in which a portable computer incorporates a rechargeable battery that uses a processor chip to communicate data to the portable computer so that the computer can monitor and regulate battery use. Intermec Inc. develops, manufactures and integrates technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets.

Visit www.intermec.com.

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iSeries

Wanted: iSeries experts

Glenn Bandoly, IT manager at Atlanta-based PBD Worldwide Fulfillment Services, has been looking to fill an iSeries position for about four months now. The company manages inventory fulfillment for companies -- dealing with front-end Web storefronts to warehousing and accounting. Bandoly is looking for a fairly common skill set -- someone with experience on the AS/400 and a background in J.D. Edwards software. But he has run into problems. "We don't see the resumes we want to see, and the kinds of folks we want to see are all represented by a recruiter," Bandoly said. "The [cost] of the recruiter affects the hiring decision tremendously for a small company." A lot of people that Bandoly does know in AS/400 positions are happy on the job.

 

Search400.com has been reporting on the iSeries job market over the last few weeks and has found a disconnect between hiring managers and iSeries pros. There also seems to be a lack of entry-level iSeries workers -- but an overabundance of displaced mid-career professionals. But most indicators point to the economy ramping up and the job market improving. Bandoly attended a recent meeting of the Atlanta Software Process Improvement Network SPIN group, and at the end of the meeting when representatives from hiring companies stood up to mention open positions, he said companies were all looking for full-time employees. "If the economy was flat, they would have been looking for contract positions," Bandoly said.

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Market news

GST, Inc. selects Bull Escala for Unix server solutions
GST, Inc. will market, install and support Bull’s newly extended line of Escala POWER5+ / AIX based servers. Compatible with the IBM p5 line of servers and running the AIX operating system, the plug-compatible Escala servers are capable of using all of GST’s current storage products that attach to the IBM eServer family of servers including GST’s backup devices, memory upgrades, network adapters, SAN subsystems and VTL encryption appliances. GST will market Bull’s Escala servers to both end-users and to resellers within the enterprise and small-to-medium business (SMB) markets. GST manufactures storage products including backup tape sub-systems and memory that are fully compatible with the p5/pSeries and i5/iSeries servers. Backup solutions span the full range from a single drive to dual-drives, autoloaders and tape libraries, plus disk-to-disk (D2D) backup solutions.  Entry-level server models are available at a very competitive price. Later, users have the option to combine them with other modules of the Escala family into a larger Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP) structure via Bull’s new high-speed interconnection technology.

Visit www.gstinc.com or www.bull.com.

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Security

Stonesoft introduces internal firewall/VPN solution for IBM eServer zSeries mainframes

Stonesoft Corp., an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, announced the availability of its StoneGate firewall and VPN with active-active cluster functionality for the IBM eServer zSeries. This new release extends Stonesoft's award-winning firewall load-balancing technology to StoneGate for zSeries mainframes by offering the industry's first fully clustered internal enterprise firewall and VPN solution with load-balancing capabilities. This latest enhancement of StoneGate for zSeries was developed in response to the demand in the marketplace for active-active firewall clustering and transparent connection fail over in these environments. StoneGate for zSeries fully utilizes z/VM 5.1 layer 2 functionality in order to provide active-active clustering. With StoneGate for zSeries, cluster nodes can even reside in separate mainframes and traffic can be load-balanced between them. This is useful when building hot disaster recovery sites. Additionally, this feature is of particular importance to companies that require always-on services and for whom disruptions in connectivity are not an option.

Visit www.stonesoft.com.

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Services for customers

Mycom Group and SkyView Partners, Inc. provide security software and services to iSeries customers

Mycom Group, Inc., a software sales and professional technology services company whose stock is traded on the over the counter market, announced the formation of a business partner alliance with SkyView Partners, Inc., the leading provider of OS/400 & i5/OS security assessment and compliance software & services for the IBM iSeries. Mycom will market SkyView's Risk Assessor and Policy Minder security assessment and compliance software to IBM iSeries customers throughout North America. Mycom's Chairman, CEO Rob Bransom stated, "We are pleased to move into this new technology market. With Risk Assessor we give our customers a product to allow them to see how their system stacks up versus security best practices. With SkyView's new Policy Minder our customers can manage and fix their security configuration automatically without spending hours on that task."

Visit www.mycom.com or www.skyviewpartners.com.

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