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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) Linux on Power with IBM i creates an opportunity for users to add to add valuable business applications, says IBM i product offering manager Alison Butterill, who sees innovation, particularly in the area of analytics, as a focal point for IBM i shops. Butterill travels the world talking with IBM i-centric organizations. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Let's stick with that innovation theme for a minute. Check out this innovator who created a search engine for locating hotel rooms. You probably know people who doubt that IBM i and innovation belong in the same sentence. If so, point them to this story about a person who saw the opportunity to combine legacy technology and new technologies to create value. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) This isn't the first time outspoken IBM i security expert Pat Botz has warned developers about dangerous security assumptions. This advice comes periodically, which is a necessary pattern for effective communication. A few might actually acknowledge that it's becoming more widely recognized that programmers have a role in data security at the application level. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) The security responsibilities of IBM i programmers may be getting some increased awareness (see above), but adding voices to this cause ratchets the attention level up a few notches. Here's more on the topic. Pass these articles around to multiply the recognition. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The causes of software licensing complexity are varied. In some cases, complexity follows mergers and acquisitions of companies with their own licensing policies. In other instances, it's a byproduct of product variation. But software licensing is a thorny topic and the Campaign for Clear Licensing is watchdogging IBM, Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) Service-enabling applications as part of an application modernization strategy is a familiar first step for many organizations. The second step involves orchestrating the services into long running processes, which is part of a business process management endeavor. The benefits come from accessing the existing code through Web services. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The cloud is an IBM focal point along with analytics, mobile, and social. You can imagine how happy it makes Big Blue to be ranked as the top provider for both hybrid and private cloud infrastructure for 2014. How does that place them in comparison to the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure? The answer is just a click away. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Keeping track of multiple application modernization projects while being adaptive to changing business priorities can be troublesome. And in the realm of independent development environments (4GLs) they have their own techniques to modernize legacy IBM i applications. But just like all modernization projects, change management software is being positions as integral to the processes. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Vision Solutions has just released its State of Resilience Report that CTO Alan Arnold describes as an indicator that "companies are insufficiently prepared to provide resilience for their IT systems, particularly in light of the prevalence of hybrid data centers and the acceleration of cloud adoption." The report leads to the conclusion that cloud environments cannot ensure reliability without companies taking care of matters on premise. READ MORE >



Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(Litmis.com) Here you will find a repository of free, educational, open source resources that IBM i development teams can utilize to implement open source technologies available for IBM i. Ruby on Rails and Node.js, agile development methods and best practices (like Git for source code), and the reuse of existing RPG business logic in conjunction with progressive user interface design technologies are some of the available topic areas. READ MORE >


(Linoma) Effective file transfers is the focus of this on-demand webinar hosted by Linoma Software. Topics of discussion include: secure file transfers with SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS, AS2 and Open PGP standards; automated transfers, guaranteed delivery and detailed audit logs; and a Web portal for ad-hoc file transfers with trading partners. READ MORE >


(SiD) Free downloads of Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts for RSE and the RSE Quick Start Guide are available on the System i Developer website. Hard copy handouts are also available by request. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) More than 13 years' worth of technical tips and advice for users of the IBM i platform--all things related to application and database development, system administration, and just about anything you want to know--can be found in the Four Hundred Guru index. Contributions come from many of brightest minds in the IBM i community. This is a free resource and is Google searchable. READ MORE >


Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

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February 12 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - Power Systems solution architect Tim Klubertanz will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association. His session topics will be storage, virtualization, and PowerHA. This meeting will take place at Alito's Restaurant located at 3041 North Mayfair Road. LEARN MORE >


February 12 -- St. Louis, Missouri - SQL for the system administrator is the feature presentation at the regular monthly meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, a System i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. Scott Forstie, the DB2 for i business architect at IBM, will be the guest speaker. His session topics include insights on how SQL on IBM i can be used to accomplish many tasks that are unrelated to traditional uses of SQL. This session will include working SQL examples and compelling reasons for adding SQL to your set of skills. The meeting begins with lunch at noon and the presentation following lunch. The meeting location is Spazio Westport at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date. LEARN MORE >


February 17 -- Bloomington, Minnesota - Tim Rowe, the well-traveled business architect for application development on IBM i, will be discussing application and database modernization at the monthly meeting of QUSER, the local user group for IBM midrange professionals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Rowe is responsible for the infrastructure and components necessary for IBM i shops to develop, build, and run applications. He works with Rational and WebSphere on a daily basis and also has IBM i responsibility for the IBM HTTP Server, Web administration GUI interface, integrated Web application server for i, Web services server for i, and other application components. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at the offices of Universal Hospital Services located at 6625 West 78th Street. LEARN MORE >


February 17 -- Norwalk, Connecticut - The Fairfield AS/400 Users Group monthly meeting topic is developing secure applications. This session examines topics such as object ownership, adopted authority, public and private authorities, command line permission, and client-server considerations. Guest speaker is Robin Tatam, director of security technologies at PowerTech, an IBM i security software vendor. FASUG meetings are held at the Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue, and begin at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


February 17 -- Coppell, Texas - Database modernization is on the agenda during the monthly meeting of the Metro Midrange Systems Association, a user group for the Dallas and Fort Worth metro areas. Guest speaker Raymond Everhart, a senior IBM i analyst with Fresche Legacy, an IBM i vendor, will discuss IBM's database modernization roadmap and provide insights into potential problems that sometimes crop up in the modernization process. After the presentation, a workshop will be available with access to Fresche Legacy's Database Modernization Lab. MMSA meetings are held at the Dallas - IBM Innovation Center located at 1177 South Beltline Road. LEARN MORE >


February 17 - Auburn Hills, Michigan - An overview of how browser-based database applications work will be the featured at the regular monthly meeting of the Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group. This webinar format presentation by IBM i expert John Valance will include a discussion of client-side languages--HTML, CSS, and JavaScript--and how PHP scripts running on a server can dynamically build Web pages that include content from an IBM i database. 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 17 -- Nashville, Tennessee - This meeting of the Tennessee IBM Mid-Range User Group will feature a presentation on the advantages and disadvantages of using agile project management. Gina Williams, an agile coach and senior product owner at Medhost, will be the guest speaker. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt located at 2613 West End Avenue. It begins at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


February 17 -- Webinar - This session takes a look at IT resilience with an emphasis on tools, technologies, and practices. It draws on the results of a survey conducted by Vision Solutions that asked IT professionals about their organizations' migration objectives, system downtime, delayed migrations, and the hurdles they faced. Experts from Microsoft and Vision Solutions will cover the topics in the report and discuss migration trends. The presentation begins at 10 a.m. Central time. LEARN MORE >


February 18 -- Jericho, New York - The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will feature two presentations by security expert Robin Tatam. During the 5 p.m. session Tatam will discuss topics such as network-initiated and server-level security controls, profiles and password settings, admin capabilities, public accessibility to corporate data, and system event auditing. In his 8 p.m. session, he will provide tips and advice on configuring and using IBM I auditing features. In between the two presentations is time for dinner and networking. LISUG meetings are held at a new location: The Milleridge Inn located at 385 North Broadway in Jericho. LEARN MORE >


February 18 -- Costa Mesa, California - An overview of how browser-based database applications work will be the featured at the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. This presentation by IBM i expert John Valance will include a discussion of client-side languages--HTML, CSS, and JavaScript--and how PHP scripts running on a server can dynamically build Web pages that include content from an IBM i database. There will be a session on the basics beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 and a session at 7 p.m. that describes an RPG shop project that extended a legacy MRP system with a custom-coded, browser-based application. The meeting will be held at National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


February 18 -- North Attleboro, Massachusetts - Web services for the modern RPG programmer, will be the discussion topic at the monthly meeting of the New England Midrange Users Group. The presentation, by IBM i expert Charles Guarino, will cover the ins and outs of Web services and the many ways you can work with them on IBM i. Points of discussion include how Web services work, where to find them, and a demonstration of the tooling already available in your own shop. The meeting is held at the Ambrosia Tavern located at 116 Elm Street and begins at 5:15 p.m. LEARN MORE >


February 19 -- Parsippany, New Jersey - Guest speaker Robin Tatam will discuss more than a decade's worth of research on the security configurations of IBM-i based servers and the successes and failures of organizations that run critical applications on them at the North Eastern Systems Technology Users (NESTU) meeting. Topics will include network-initiated commands and data access, server-level security controls, profile and password settings, administrative capabilities, public access to corporate data, and system event auditing. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Spice Grill located at 111 Route 46 East. LEARN MORE >


February 24 -- Webinar - The need for IBM i modernization grows more imperative each year as organizations face increased costs for maintaining legacy applications, training end-users as well as hiring from a shrinking pool of RPG programmers. When deciding on your modernization strategy, you'll want to choose technologies and tools that are easy for RPG programmers to learn, deliver quick results and grow with technology like mobile and whatever else the future holds. PHP gives you all of this and more. PHP guru Mike Pavlak will make this online presentation interesting by discussing why PHP is easy for RPG programmers, how to get started with PHP on i, and how Zend Server reduces the application development lifecycle. In addition, Marcel Sarrasin, BCD's vice president of marketing, will show how to can create a working desktop or mobile Web application in under an hour with WebSmart PHP. This session begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time. LEARN MORE >


February 24 - Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois - The monthly meeting of the OMNI User Group features the award-winning speaker and application development specialist Charles Guarino, who will be providing advice on programming productivity and modern programming tools. This session digs into the ins and outs of Web services and the many ways you can work with them on IBM i. Points of discussion include how Web services work, where to find them, and a demonstration of the tooling you will find available in your own shop. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. with registration and networking, followed by dinner at 6, and the business meeting and presentation at 7. It will take place at Giordano's Pizza located at 17W280 22nd Street. LEARN MORE >


February 25 -- Webinar - This session on IBM i modernization will emphasize reducing costs, minimizing risks, future-proofing technology, and improving user satisfaction. Topics of discussion will include building a strong foundation for modernization by analyzing your databases and code; adding structure to your IBM i environment with tools for testing, version control, and collaborative, agile development; and transforming RPG source code and creating modern Web and mobile IBM i applications. ARCAD and Profound Logic are partnering in this presentation. This Webinar is the first in a series. It begins at 11:30 Eastern time. LEARN MORE >


March 3 & 4 -- Des, Plaines, Illinois - An IBM i systems management conference featuring 12 sessions by IBM i experts Pete Massiello and Larry Bolhuis has been designed to enhance the skills of IT professionals with system administration responsibilities. Massiello and Bolhuis are widely respected as subject matter experts and advocates of the IBM i. The session agenda includes topics such as advanced IP networking and troubleshooting, managing PTFs, Power Systems virtualization, IBM I upgrades, and improving system performance. The entire agenda is available online. The event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare. Registration fee for the two-day conference is $599. This is a COMMON Focused Education event. LEARN MORE >


March 10 -- Milwaukie, Oregon - A presentation on disaster recovery and business continuity will be the highlight of this meeting of the Cascade User Group. Guest speaker Richard Dolewski will provide advice on preparing for the unexpected, including actual accounts of IBM i and data center failures, actions, and challenges faced by companies in real world situations. His discussion will include the internal and external influences (the human elements) that came into play. The meeting will begin at noon at the offices of Nordisk Systems located at 6400 Southeast Lake Road, Suite 450. LEARN MORE >


March 10-12 -- Delavan, Wisconsin - The 2015 Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (WMCPA) Spring Conference will be held at the LakeLawn Resort. A preliminary session grid and session abstracts are available online. The event includes an experts roundtable discussion of IBM i topics and a Women in IT event. The speaker list includes Steve Will, Frank Soltis, Scott Klement, Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Charles Guarino, Aaron Bartell, Robin Tatam, Allan Seiden, Larry Bolhuis, and many others. LEARN MORE >


March 17 -- Manchester, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire Midrange User Group (NHMUG) will be hosting a one-day educational workshop focused on IBM i systems management. Larry Bolhuis--an award winning speaker covering systems design and management, networking and connectivity, work management, PTF, and Hardware Management Console topics--will be the instructor. Bolhuis' session is based on IBM i 7.1, but at least 90 percent of the content is also applicable to IBM i 6.1 or 5.4. This presentation will take place at The Yard Restaurant located at 1211 South Mammoth Road. It begins at 8 a.m. LEARN MORE >


March 17-19 -- Dallas, Texas - The RPG & DB2 Summit includes sessions on modern IBM i code, UIs, Web and mobile apps, and new integrations--all using practical, use-it-today tips and techniques based on RPG IV, SQL, DB2 for i, RSE/RDi, Web Services, PHP, CL and more. Get one-on-one advice from top experts such as Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Paul Tuohy, Scott Klement, Barbara Morris, and Ted Holt in a highly interactive, fun environment. An online agenda of seminars, workshops, and sessions is now available. A $300 discount on registration is available to those who sign up by February 13. LEARN MORE >


March 30 through April 1 -- Framingham, Massachusetts - The IBM i user groups from the northeastern United States will once again be combining efforts to host "The Power of i," their annual System i technical conference. The event includes more than 70 technical and professional development sessions. The conference also includes a vendor expo and specialized training in the areas of RPG and DB2 that require separate registration. LEARN MORE >


April 26-29 -- Anaheim, California - The COMMON 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition features four days of IBM i-, AIX-, and Linux-related education. More than 300 sessions and workshops will be available and more than 80 vendors will be on-site in the Power Systems Exposition. As always, there will be plenty of networking events taking place throughout the week. Register before the end of 2014 and there's a sizeable discount available. LEARN MORE >


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