Volume 15, Number 06 -- February 26, 2015
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) If your company has allowed its IBM software maintenance contract to lapse, the penalty you would normally expect has been suspended. From now until May 31, IBM has an amnesty program that pardons all offenders. There are 50 programs eligible for this after license fee amnesty program, including i5/OS, IBM i, and AIX operating systems. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The adoption of new technologies, for many organizations, presents difficult navigational issues. The destination holds business advantages, but charting the course and sailing the seas with an understaffed IT crew prevents or postpones much accomplishment. Would you hire IBM to do the job for you? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) In IBM i shops, Web developers should not be focused on Intel boxes when the IBM i platform has proved to be a very good Web server. The IBM i operating system is perfectly capable of running the cool applications that too often are automatically thought of as the private domain of Windows development. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) IBM CEO Ginny Rometty just pocketed a $3.6 million performance bonus. But didn't IBM just report another quarter and another year of financial decline? It's been three years since IBM last posted a strong financial quarterly report. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) The IBM i development team, led by Chief Architect Steve Will, puts a lot of time into interacting with the user base. Will, along with Alison Butterill, the IBM i product offering manager, and Tim Rowe, the IBM i business architect for application development, are the most traveled advisors, advocates, and ambassadors for the platform. Although IBM rarely shares IBM i statistics, Will quantifies customer meeting numbers in this blog. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) Backup and disaster recovery services are giving IBM midrange shops capabilities to break away from inefficient, labor-intensive, manual tape backup procedures. However, there are more reasons than that to consider online backup and recovery services, which you may recognize by the term vaulting. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Raising maintenance charges on older Power Systems equipment is one way to persuade customers to upgrade. IBM typically gives three-month notice when maintenance increases are on the way. Maintenance is a big piece of the revenue stream for Power and probably a bigger part of the profits. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Re-launched in October 2012 with only 135 schools on the roster, IBM's Power Systems Academic Initiative has grown 152 percent over the past two years and continues to expand. The number of schools in the United States with IBM i curriculum have increased from 45 in March 2013 to 67. READ MORE >



Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(System i Developer) The IBM iAdvocate Resources repository provides IBM i professionals with data and presentation materials that can be used to communicate the strengths of IBM i as a business application platform to their colleagues and management. Recent additions include a "25 Years of IBM i Innovation" presentation with a companion white paper, plus SAP benchmark results and cost/benefit research. READ MORE >


(IBM) The IBM Knowledge Center provides an entry point to IBM i product information. It leads to documentation on all versions of the operating system from i 7.2 back four releases to V5R3. There are also directional signs to IBM software and systems products, IBM cloud and portal propaganda, security bulletins, Redbooks, and White Papers. 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 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 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 3 - Webinar - This online session explains how a Fibre Channel connection provides faster backups and eliminates the inconveniences of relying on physical tape for backups and disaster recovery. The presentation begins at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. LEARN MORE >


March 10 -- St. Louis, Missouri - Nick Lawrence, an IBM advisory software engineer working on DB2 for i, in Rochester, Minnesota is the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, an IBM i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. Lawrence will be discussing Web services and SQL queries and how to use the built-in SQL/XML functionality in DB2 for i in conjunction with a Web service. Lunch begins at noon and the presentation begins at 1 p.m. The meeting location is Spazio Westport at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date. 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 17 -- Webinar - Managing development and deployment to IBM i and Windows environments in a single process is the focal point of this presentation hosted by Chrono-logic. Topics of discussion include managing source/object types in RPG, Java, PHP, .NET, LANSA, and Windows; validating deployments; creating impact analyses and auditor reports; and automatic deployments. The session begins at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time. LEARN MORE >


March 17 -- Costa Mesa, California - Diana Stater, a business intelligence and financial management software specialist with New Generation Software, will explain the goals of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics, and the database management tasks and data visualization techniques that support them at the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. The roles of roles of programmers, business analysts, executives, and customers/suppliers will be examined. Dinner and networking begins at 6 p.m. with the presentation at 7. The meeting location is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. 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 21 & 22 -- Rochester, Minnesota -The IBM-SAP Power Summit is a two-day conference for IBM i customers running SAP workloads or considering SAP workloads on IBM i. This event is designed to help businesses leverage IBM i and SAP technology, share best practices, and network with other businesses running SAP workloads on IBM i. Presenters include experts from both SAP and IBM, with many years of experience regarding SAP and IBM i technologies and solutions. A detailed list of the sessions is available online There is no cost for attending the event. 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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