Volume 16, Number 04 -- February 4, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) There's a gap in IBM i shops between those who know-how (the IT department) and those looking for how-to make their organizations run more effectively (executive management). In some cases, that gap is widening. You need ways to bridge that gap by better explaining what IBM i can do and how it can be done. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Nearly one in five high availability users never test their HA setups, while more than 40 percent aren't sure whether their HA will work, according to the 2016 State of Resilience report from Vision Solutions. The "set it and forget" mentality has plagued the HA industry for years. Will a new virtual switch capability be the cure? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) In the IBM i community there are organizations with prodigious performance requirements for Power Systems iron on par with the big AIX and Linux shops. Because of the single-level storage architecture, these shops have the capability to make a Fast as hell in-memory database, which saves the expense and trouble of porting applications to SAP HANA on Linux or DB2 BLU on Linux or Unix or Oracle 12c. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) During the past couple of years, IBM offered special pricing for systems software and hardware to managed service providers because the MSPs, for the most part, are not enamored with financing their purchases. This makes sense to promote cloud computing using Power Systems. So why are certain incentives available for AIX and Linux machines, but not for boxes that run IBM i? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) PHP is the open source success story for IBM i. Its support by IBM and particularly Zend Technologies has given it quite a boost. And it's proved to be capable of leveraging the IBM i operating system, DB2 for i, and RPG code. Beyond that, it is compatible with almost every operating system and hardware platform you can name, which provides the cross-platform capabilities that demolishes siloed information. READ MORE >


(CIO) With the role of IT constantly evolving, and with new technologies introduced seemingly every day, how can IT professionals develop a plan that sets them up for success not only in 2016, but also over the next five years? READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(BCD) This compilation of hand-picked reasons why PHP is a great Web development choice for IBM i shops includes: easy for RPGers to learn, the capability to leverage DB2 and RPG, the benefits of an open source language, and the convenient deployment of mobile applications. READ MORE >


(Profound Logic) Modernization planning, the businesses goals of IBM i shops, the effect legacy applications have on internal and external processes, and the top concerns upper managers have with the IBM i, are a portion of the insights included in the 2016 State of IBM modernization survey. READ MORE >


(HelpSystems) The 2016 IBM i Marketplace Survey reflects the views of 834 IBM i shops, mostly from North America and Western Europe. It's a pretty good indicator of how things stand and what direction things may be headed. If you believe the long-term success of any organization is closely tied to how well its management is able to develop strategies to deal with likely future scenarios, this report is one of many tools that can assist in determining directions. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) This repository of technical tips and advice related to application and database development, system administration, and more comes from many of brightest minds in the IBM i community including Ted Holt, Mike Sansoterra, Aaron Bartell, Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, Paul Tuohy, and others. This is a free resource--no registration necessary--and it's Google searchable. READ MORE >



Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

See our full calendar of events at http://www.itjungle.com/fhm/fhm-calendar.html

February 11 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - The monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association will feature two sessions by guest speaker Donna Westmoreland, a 30-year member of the IBM i community with knowledge in the areas of software controls, ITIL certification, and service management. The first session provides advice on communicating the value of IBM i to executive management. Her second session focuses on best practices for achieving efficient and auditable processes. Between sessions is dinner and networking. The meeting will take place at Alioto's located at 3041 North Mayfair Road. 13275 Watertown Plank Road. LEARN MORE >


February 11 -- Manchester, New Hampshire - The A one-day technical session explaining Web application development using PHP, CSS, and JavaScript will be presented by IBM i Web development and database expert John Valance. This presentation is designed for beginner-to-novice Web programmers, or those who would like to understand the technologies and languages involved in a typical Web application. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues to 4 p.m. It takes place at The Yard Restaurant located at 1211 S. Mammouth Road. LEARN MORE >


February 11 -- St. Louis, Missouri - Dawn May, senior technical staff member with IBM Rochester, will present a remote session on Navigator for i during the regular monthly meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, a System i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. This session includes the basics of Navigator for i and the many new features that have been added, including PTF Management System and Message Monitors. It will also cover many of the performance tasks that are only available in Navigator for i. The meeting begins with lunch at noon and the presentation following lunch. It will be held at Spazio Westport located at 12031 Lackland Road. Those who can't attend can join via a remote connection. LEARN MORE >


February 19 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota - Creating DB2 for i features that increase programmer productivity, ease of use, and data security is the featured discussion at the monthly meeting of QUSER, the local user group for IBM midrange professionals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Guest speaker is Jim Denton, a senior consultant at the IBM DB2 for i Center of Excellence. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at the offices of Universal Hospital Services located at 6625 West 78th Street. LEARN MORE >


February 23 - Auburn Hills, Michigan - A remote presentation on Rational developer tools will be on the agenda during this meeting of the Southeast Michigan IBM i User Group. Providing the instruction is Charles Guarino, a subject matter expert and frequent tech conference speaker on the topics of Web services and the Rational Developer for IBM i development tools. Guarino's presentation will cover the key points of Eclipse navigation, source code editing, program debugging and graphical screen and report design. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the offices of Cooper Standard located at 2110 Executive Hills Court. LEARN MORE >


February 23 -- Sandy Springs, Georgia - The IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the IBMiTech local user group meeting this month. Will's presentation will be a state of the union overview of IBM i. The meeting is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the IBM Auditorium located at 6303 Barfield Road. LEARN MORE >


March 15-17 -- Delavan, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Midrange Computing Professionals Association Spring Technical Conference is a multi-day event that opens with an all-day session on rich user interface technology. There will be seven methods featured. Each method will demonstrate how to create a standard order entry application. The format allows attendees to see the process and programming steps used to solve business problems. Corresponding labs are available to those who want to explore methods more deeply. A round table discussion featuring subject matter experts on the topic of user interface modernization is also on the agenda. Session topics include SQL, PHP, RPG, .NET and IBM administration. Also featured is a Women in IT event that has been part of the conference agenda for the past three years. Keynote speakers for the conference are Alison Butterill, IBM i product offering manager and Tim Rowe, IBM i business architect for application development and systems management. More than 50 educational sessions will be presented throughout the event. Additional session topics include security, disaster recovery, systems management, performance tuning, and mobile computing. A full session agenda is available online. The event includes a vendor expo and is hosted by the LakeLawn Resort. LEARN MORE >


March 22-24 - Dallas, Texas - Hosted by Susan Gantner, Jon Paris and Paul Tuohy, the RPG & DB2 Summit offers three days of education exclusively devoted to the needs of IBM i developers. Top experts provide practical tips and techniques on subjects such as free form RPG, RPG and ILE, embedded SQL, DB2 for i, application modernization, Web services, RSE/RDi, PHP, and other vital technologies for RPGers. New at the upcoming Summit: an optional eight-hour, hands-on SQL workshop and a 14-session emphasis on DB2 for i titled Design It/Build It/Secure It/Tune It. LEARN MORE >


April 11-13 -- Framingham, Massachusetts - The Northeast IBM i User Group Conference features more than 70 educational sessions including topics such as: RPG, Ruby on Rails, RDi/RSE, Linux, SQL and the database, systems management and performance, Web development and mobile computing, security, disaster recovery and business continuity. The assembly of top speakers includes: Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Alan Seiden, Pete Massiello, Aaron Bartell, Ted Holt, and others. The event also includes a vendor expo. The user groups of the Northeast come from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. LEARN MORE >


May 15-18 -- New Orleans, Louisiana - The 2016 COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition is the largest IBM i educational event of the year. It includes in-depth sessions related to IBM i, as well as AIX and Linux. The agenda includes all-day pre-conference workshops, open labs, and a variety of regular-length sessions. The complete session guide is available online. LEARN MORE >


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