Contact BCD Support before updating your copy of Monarch for EZ-Pickin’s

If you are a Fresche Solutions customer running Monarch for EZ-Pickin’s you may know that we are a re-seller; Monarch for EZ-Pickin’s is produced by Datawatch.
 
Periodically Datawatch notifies it’s customers about new releases and contacts users regarding versions that are no longer supported.
 
BCD Software customers often run a different a version of Monarch for EZ-Pickin’s than Datawatch customers will. This is because of features specific to BCD’s version which allow Monarch to interface with our other products like Catapult and Spool Explorer.
 
We’d like to ensure you that we are confident in the versions that we are selling and supporting. We’d also like to encourage you to reach out to BCD Support if you plan to upgrade your copy of Monarch for EZ-Pickins or if you have any questions or concerns.
 

New email domain for BCD, Quadrant and ExcelSystems

Last June, Quadrant, BCD and ExcelSystems were acquired by Fresche Solutions, a leading provider of IBM i application modernization and management solutions. Since then, we been working as a single integrated company that continues to invest and support Quadrant and BCD products, support and services.

We have decided that now is the right time to move all of our employees to the same email domain. Last week, we transitioned all of our email addresses to @freschesolutions.com.

This means that email addresses of all our employees that ended in @bcdsoftware, @quadrantsoftware, @excelsystems and @freschelegacy have been changed to @freschesolutions.

To ensure that our emails are still delivered to you, we encourage you to add the freschesolutions.com domain to your email safe sender list. Here are some instructions to do this in Outlook 2016, 2013 and 2010. All emails sent to Quadrant, BCD and ExcelSystems addresses will be automatically forwarded to their new corresponding Fresche Solutions address.

We remain committed to keeping the Quadrant and BCD brands visible and active in the market. Their websites will remain active and continue to be the primary source of information on the solutions those brands offer. All of your contact points for each brand will also remain the same.

We thank you for your continued support of our mission to help our customers with all their IBM i application needs. We are more committed than ever to providing the broadest set of solutions and best expertise available in the IBM i market.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@freschesolutions.com. We’d be happy to help you!

Attending COMMON? Join us at our customer appreciation event!

COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, is right around the corner and we’re looking forward to meeting those of you who are attending! This year, Fresche and BCD will be hosting a customer appreciation night the evening of May 8 where we’ll have food, drinks and plenty of room to mingle. Let us know if you will be attending COMMON and we’ll send you an invitation to our event.

While you’re at the show, be sure to stop by our booth (#309) to learn more about our newest release of Presto and to discuss any of the challenges you face with application modernization and management. We’ll be on hand to answer your technical questions and show you how you can make the most of your IBM i.

We also invite you attend one of our 18 sessions to hear our experts talk about a wide range of IBM i topics.

Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Live Webinar: Be The Best IBM i Developer You Can Be

Having the right tools, skills and development approach can make your job so much easier and increase your value within your company. Technology is always changing and experienced IBM i professionals and as well as developers who are new to the platform should take advantage of every opportunity to develop new skills and learn new techniques to do things better, faster and smarter.

Join us for a live webinar hosted by IBM Systems Magazine on Wednesday March 8 at 1 pm ET. Three of the most renowned IBM i experts – Jon Paris, Trevor Perry and Ray Everhart – will talk about how you can be the best IBM i developer you can be.

You will learn:

  • Useful things for new developers to quickly ramp up on IBM i and applications
  • Tips and tricks to reduce maintenance and enhance development agility
  • Resources for developers with everything they want to know about IBM i

Hope you can join us and look forward to seeing there!

Presto 6.6 is available for download

Presto 6.6 is available for download from our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com, and our public website.

Highlights of this release include:

  • Ability to modify the screens while in Mobile mode in the Visual Editor.
  • Toolbar option to switch views from Desktop Mode to Mobile Mode.
  • Optimized for mobile with mobile specific customizations panel.
  • You can now generate PDFs from larger spool files.
  • Resolved issue with Exporting large files.

If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please review the Presto Upgrade Guide or contact Technical Support.

End-of-Support Notice 
Please note that we’re able to provide full support for approximately the last five releases. If you’re still running Presto 6.0 or older, we recommend you make plans to upgrade as soon as possible as this version is now considered to be limited support.

Please visit the Presto New Features page to see an illustrated list of the most important new features, or visit the Presto Updates History page to review the changes in recent versions.

HTTPOXY vulnerability on IBM i

If you’re not up to date with security PTFs you will want to read the following security bulletin from IBM:
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1021689

It relates to the HTTPOXY vulnerability in the HTTP server, and there are PTFS for Releases 6.1, 7.1, and 7.2.

BCD products that use the HTTP server include WebSmart, Clover, Presto, and Nexus.

As always, contact our support department if you have any questions or concerns,

Marc Hunter

WebSmart 11.0 includes responsive mobile and desktop PHP, ILE and Node.js templates

WebSmart 11.0 is available for download from our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com, and our public website.

This release includes responsive PHP, ILE and Node.js templates for creating mobile-friendly applications. The templates generate a single code base for desktops and mobile devices using Bootstrap, the most popular open-source HTML/CSS/JavaScript framework for responsive websites.

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IBM i Info Session Tomorrow: Know Your Applications, Remove Your Risk

Many IBM i organizations have large, undocumented systems that make it difficult to onboard new staff. These organizations also find it difficult to analyze the impact of changes to the applications. Sound familiar?

Please join us tomorrow (Tuesday, July 19th) at 3pm EDT to learn how Fresche’s application analysis and documentation suite, X-Analysis, can help you better maintain, enhance and evolve your IBM i applications. You’ll learn how you can use X-Analysis to:

  • Quickly onboard new staff with application and database documentation
  • Reduce risk & simplify maintenance with automated impact analysis
  • Make informed decisions with a 360-degree view of your applications and data that everyone can understand
  • Get IBM i application projects out the door faster

You can register here.

We hope to see you there!

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Zend security vulnerability ~ ImageMagick image processing software

WebSmart PHP users should be aware that Zend has recently published a security notice in their support knowledge base regarding a vulnerability in the Imagick PHP extension.

While this extension is not enabled by default, you may be using the extension in PHP or have it enabled, in which case please follow the instructions in Zend’s security notice.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.