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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) What has PHP done to buck the trend in IBM midrange shops to resist change? Fear of disrupting traditional business policies and procedures is not unusual and it's not unique to the IBM i community. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) This type of IBM i modernization is a bit different than what comes to mind for most people. Here the focus is on interoperability and the key element is an API that is open source and can get to a legacy system without a lot of middleware or development time. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) IBM has cooked up some incentives to spur Power Systems sales in Europe, so a reasonable person would assume there would be similar programs launched in the United States and Canada. After a peak at the rebates the Europeans are getting, you might get the idea to ask for the same deal regardless of where your data center calls home. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) SoftLanding needed some assistance getting its TurnOver change management software enhanced in the areas of tracking, documenting and managing objects on the IBM i. HelpSystems had what was needed. So in the process of working together, they formed a partnership that involves both technology and customer referrals. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) A good systems administrator can't be pulled out of a hat by a magician. And on the job training via the old trial and error method is the kind of risky business that rivals stealing salmon from a grizzly bear. Learning some skills in the classroom is a far better idea. An opportunity to do that is right around the corner. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) The rising market for integrated systems should serve as a spotlight on the IBM i platform. Unfortunately, a great percentage of young IT professionals have no idea what the IBM i platform is. However, they are becoming more aware of why integrated solutions result in higher customer satisfaction and loyalty. Add this resource to your IBM i advocacy strategy. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) Advocating for the platform has a ripple effect throughout the IBM i community. The best way to influence IT decision makers is to make a case for cost effectiveness and ability to achieve business goals. Here are five tips for successful advocacy. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The inability to find and hire RPG programmers with specific and specialized skills proved costly for one IBM i independent software vendor in the process of enhancing and rolling out its latest insurance industry applications. The company CEO described the situation as "execution missteps" related to personnel recruitment and claims steps have been taken to get over the obstacle. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) In organizations where business process management is a goal in creating higher levels of efficiency, eliminating the manual routing of documents is one of the first steps. Two benefits that are easily attained: labor savings and paper/printing savings. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The trend toward implementing data encryption continues to rise with each report of another high profile data breach. Imagine the urgency if the low profile breaches were brought to your attention. However, encryption is just part of a layered security plan that should include the entire data storage and security infrastructure within an organization. READ MORE >



Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(ProData) Connecting to remote databases such as Microsoft SQL, MySQL, Oracle, and DB2 from all IBM i high-level languages is explained in this white paper, which features ProData software. Topics include commands and functions that allow record-level access to remote data using RPG, COBOL or CL. READ MORE >


(SEQUEL) This comparison of data access tools provides an at a glance examination of the deficiencies of the old faithful Query/400. For those interested in building customized reports that can be delivered in formats including dashboards and outputting data in XLS, XLSX, PDF, RTF, and HTML, this checklist is a starting point. 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 >


(IBM) This article explains the free-form RPG function supported on IBM i, including its advantages and how to program for H, F, D and P specs within free-form. The support is intended to allow RPG to be easier to write and understand for programmers who are familiar with other high-level languages. READ MORE >


Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

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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 responsibile for the infrastructure and components necessary for IBM i shops to develop, build, and run applicationsi. 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 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 >


February 26 -- Webinar - This 60-minute session digs into the details of ASNA Mobile RPG and demonstrates how ILE RPG programmers can create mobile apps with the language they already know and love. After a short PowerPoint explaining some of the details of Mobile RPG, a hands-on demonstration of creating a working Mobile RPG application is presented. The session begins at 11 a.m. Pacific 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. 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 >


Editor: Dan Burger
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
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