Volume 16, Number 05 -- February 11, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) Change management software is getting more attention as a result of the interest in application modernization, which has picked up steadily, and application development that goes beyond the boundaries of solely RPG. One CMS company that is increasing its footprint in North America is Midrange Dynamics, which just updated its software to benefit the ease of deployments. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Another CMS vendor, which sorta disappeared from the IBM i scene after being acquired several years ago has resurfaced. "We didn't go away," says the company's technical support manager, who says increased RDi functionality is a point of emphasis for PTC Implementer. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) There are approximately 125,000 IBM i shops scattered around the world. Given that information, how would you compute the number of administrators, programmers, and IT managers populate the IBM i community? Give Timothy Prickett Morgan what little information exists and a few hours to wrestle with it, and here's what he comes up with. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Return on investment is the spur in the side of the IT horse. Show executive management a short ROI and a low risk strategy for continually reducing costs and/or increasing revenue and your IT proposal will gather executive support quicker than a trip to the wood pile on February night. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) When are two Steves better than one? When Steve Will and Steve Finnes are discussing PowerHA, Flashcopy integration, and storage area networks. In case you don't know the Steves, Will is the IBM i chief architect and Finnes is the PowerHA product manager. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) As you might well imagine, IBM i advocacy is a global activity. We all speak the same language in that regard. No matter where you go, you'll find more similarities in what IBM i customers face than differences. Take this short trip to Sweden and read about one advocate's challenges. READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(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 >


(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 >


(Townsend Security) Encryption is one of the best ways to protect this information, but misperceptions related to cost, performance, and ease of use run rampant. In this archived webcast, Patrick Townsend sets the record straight on the top five encryption myths for IBM i users. READ MORE >


(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 >


(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

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 16 -- Norwalk, Connecticut - The Fairfield AS/400 Users Group monthly meeting topic is IBM i performance tools for application developers. This session will begin with an introduction to IBM i wait accounting and Collection Services. It will then focus on how to use Job Watcher, the data it provides, and how to leverage Performance Data Investigator to analyze the data. An overview of the Performance Explorer profile mode data will also be covered. The presentation will then work through example scenarios, showing performance graphs and describing what those graphs reveal. Guest speaker is Dawn May, senior technical staff member for IBM in Rochester, Minnesota. FASUG meetings are held at the Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue, and begin at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


February 16 -- Costa Mesa, California - IBM has a huge investment in Linux, but can you think of a good reason why the IBM i community should care? What's in it for i advocates? In this presentation at the monthly meeting of the OCEAN user group, IBM i expert Rod Davis will discuss the best uses for Linux and how you can integrate it into your existing infrastructure. Davis is a solutions architect with ThinkASG with a focus on IBM Power Systems and enterprise storage design. He is an IBM Power Champion and has worked with Linux on Power since 2005. The meeting begins with dinner at 5:30 and the presentation at 6:30. It will be held at National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


February 16 -- Lombard, Illinois - The OMNI User Group meeting features tips and tricks for creating dashboards using PHP, RPG, DB2, and Google Charts. Greg Canella is the guest speaker. Cannella is director of MIS for Magid Glove and Safety Manufacturing in Romeoville. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. with registration and networking, followed by dinner at 6, and the presentation at 7. It will take place at Casey's, which is at 415 East North Avenue. LEARN MORE >


February 17 -- Westbury, New York - The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will include two presentations by IBM senior technical staff member Dawn May. At 5 p.m., May will discuss IBM i Navigator performance tasks. At 8 p.m., she will focus on systems management with IBM i services. In between is time for networking, cocktails, and dinner. LISUG meetings are held at the Westbury Manor located at 1100 Jericho Turnpike. LEARN MORE >


February 18 -- Webinar - File transfers are essential to business processes and security is essential to file transfers. During this online session led by Bob Luebbe, chief architect at Linoma Software attendees will learn how to secure file transfers using encryption standards, how to provide visibility for all inbound and outbound files using audit logs, and how to meet compliance standards such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX and GLBA. The session begins at noon Central Time. LEARN MORE >


February 18 -- Webcast - This session provides advice on presenting IBM i strengths and benefits upper level management that may be unaware of the value and favorable total cost of ownership that the platform offers. Emphasis on preserving existing investments, using the right tools, the future of the platform, and how to leverage the system to become more agile, scalable, and sound. IBM i chief propulsionist Trevor Perry is the guest speaker. The session begins at noon Central Time. It's free to all COMMON members and members of local user groups that have COMMON memberships and those who work for companies with COMMON corporate memberships. LEARN MORE >


February 18 -- Parsippany, New Jersey - Guest speaker Dawn May will present two sessions the monthly meeting of the North Eastern Systems Technology Users (NESTU). The first session topic is IBM i Performance Tools for Application Developers. The second is systems management with IBM i services. 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 3 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 8-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 >


March 24 -- Webcast - The state of IBM i security is not great. All the doors have locks, but it's up to you to lock them. Plenty of IBM i shops leave the doors wide open and the system at risk. This session will highlight the importance of encrypting data in transit and show you how to do it easily with minimal interruption to the business. IBM i advocate Steve Pitcher is the guest speaker. The session begins at noon Central Time. It's free to all COMMON members and members of local user groups that have COMMON memberships and those who work for companies with COMMON corporate memberships. 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: Ted Holt, Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Alan Seiden, Pete Massiello, Aaron Bartell, 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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