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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) A lot of the information on emerging trends in IT is constructed by the marketing machines designed to create trends. It's called the hype cycle. A more accurate view of what actually qualifies as a trend is to survey companies to determine which projects are being funded and are under way. You want to know what IBM i shops are doing? This report is a pretty good gauge. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The IT and business process automation space tends to have tools developed for specific platforms. IBM i shops certainly have their traditional favorites. But siloed environments aren't as popular as they once were. Managing many environments from "a single pane of glass" is a more frequent request. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) With the much faster processing that IBM has brought to Power8--faster disk and I/O--companies can take advantage of features like multi-threading and handle large volumes of data on their systems. And as long as we're talking about large volumes of data, have you noticed how big your IFS has grown? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) When IBM kissed its X86 business good-bye, it was widely thought that Big Blue would turn up the volume on its Power Systems and System z sales efforts. IBM i shops have had almost a year to figure out how they can use the performance of the Power8 machines. A little incentive now may go a long way toward finding homes for Power8 boxes. READ MORE >


(OCEAN User Group) Is there a shortage of IBM i professionals or are there other factors that that cause companies to complain that available positions can't be filled? Carole Comeau, an IBM i professional recruitment specialist, knows the job market from both sides--employer and employee. She offers advice that everyone, regardless of which side they are on, can put into practice. See "The Elephant in the Computer Room." READ MORE >


(CIO) Whether you're still wet behind the ears or have been around longer than dirt, there are risks that improve the odds of your landing a better job, getting a promotion, or just gaining some new insight into your IT career. Sometimes you have to ask yourself whether avoiding risk is possibly the biggest risk of all. Here are seven suggestions for career improvements. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) Managed service providers have depended on backup and recovery services as the foundation of their business and IBM i shops have increasingly sought them out for that reason more than any other. United Computer Group is one provider that has done well in this line of work. As the demand for other types of services builds, UCG is building as well. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) You might find online file sharing services such as Dropbox a great convenience, but regulatory compliance auditors don't share your enthusiasm. Whether you have compliance hound dogs on your trail or not, a secure on-premise solution that provides enterprise file sync and sharing services for authorized users should be on your mind for a number of good reasons. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Web-based applications developed in Java, PHP, and other languages abound, but the diversity of technologies associated with modernizations sometimes introduces its own set of problems. For instance, putting error messages into message queues is often an overlooked feature. Do you have a problem with that? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Thousands of companies depend on Kronos time and attendance software running on IBM midrange computers. Maybe you've heard of Kroger, Gannet, MGM, and HCA. Those industry leaders understand the importance of managing their workers and minimizing the costs of doing so successfully. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) With the new FlashSystem arrays IBM launched last week, the technology has advanced from the enterprise multi-layer cell memory used in the FlashSystem 840 and V840 machines to higher capacity and presumably less expensive NAND MLC memory. The FlashCore controller at the heart of the FlashSystem provides long life, high duty cycle, and low latency access to data. READ MORE >



Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(HelpSystems) The 2015 IBM i Marketplace Survey reflects the views of 350 IBM i shops, mostly from North America. 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 >


(NGS) "BI for the IBM i Customer" examines IBM's BI strategy from the perspective of the IBM i user and discusses the capabilities, cost of implementation, licensing terms, product support, and more of Cognos, DB2 Web Query, and other potential query, reporting, and BI software. In addition, this White Paper provides a comparison of DB2 Web Query to an alternative business intelligence solution, NGS-IQ, developed by New Generation Software. READ MORE >


(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 >


(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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March 12 -- Webinar - Although the IBM i is a rock-solid, modern enterprise platform, its green-screen interface limits productivity and makes it look like antiquated technology. This session explains why a Web-based graphical user interface maximizes your investment in IBM i. During this presentation, the discussion will include business reasons for IBM i green-screen modernization, adding value to business applications, and real world successful modernization examples. The session begins at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. LEARN MORE >


March 12 -- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - Barry Steve Wolk, CTO with a large retail company, will present two sessions at the monthly meeting of the Toronto User Group. Wolk's session, at 5 p.m., will focus on leadership, motivation, and management techniques, and his second session, at 7 p.m., will discuss creating commands that save time and make program development more efficient. Between the sessions is a buffet dinner. The meeting location is the Living Arts Centre located at 4141 Living Arts Drive. LEARN MORE >


March 12 -- St. Louis, Missouri - SQL Incorporating Web services with SQL queries 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. This session covers how to integrate Web services using DB2 for i SQL. It will also provide what guest speaker Nicholas Lawrence calls "an XML boot camp" with an explanation of how to use the built-in SQL/XML functionality in DB2 for i in conjunction with a Web service. Lawrence is an IBM advisory software engineer working on DB2 for i in Rochester. The meeting location is Spazio Westport at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date. LEARN MORE >


March 12 -- Coppell, Texas - The Metro Midrange Systems Association, a user group for the Dallas and Fort Worth metro areas, is presenting a session highlighting practical guides to handling some of the more esoteric problems in RPG programs including both native I/O and embedded SQL. The discussion will be led by IBM i development expert Paul Tuohy. This presentation will include topics such as: messaging in a multi-client environment, trigger failures, nulls, constraint violations, commitment control, and other "bits and pieces." The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 and Tuohy's presentation at 7. MMSA meetings are held at the Dallas - IBM Innovation Center located at 1177 South Beltline Road. 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 17 -- Norwalk, Connecticut - The Fairfield AS/400 Users Group monthly meeting topic is pairing Excel spreadsheets with IBM i. This session will begin with the basics and then progress through more advanced Excel topics such as functions, pivot tables, and array formulas. Guest speaker is Steven Wolk, CTO for PC Richard & Son, a family-owned chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. FASUG meetings are held at the Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue, and begin at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


March 17 -- Eden Prairie, Minnesota - Rich John Valance, a specialist in database and Web application development on the IBM i platform, will provide an overview of how browser-based database applications work. His presentation will demonstrate the client-side languages--HTML, CSS, and JavaScript--and show how PHP scripts running on a server can dynamically build Web pages including content from an IBM i database. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at the offices of HelpSystems located at 5455 City West Parkway. LEARN MORE >


March 17 -- Nashville, Tennessee - This meeting of the Tennessee IBM Mid-Range User Group will feature a presentation on management by Boris Budnik. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt systems located at 2613 West End Avenue. It begins at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


March 17 -- Southfield, Michigan - Dawn May, a senior technical staff member for IBM in Rochester, will be discussing Navigator for i at the Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group meeting this month. This presentation will review the Performance Data Investigator, a.k.a. "Investigate Data," which allows users to graphically view and analyze IBM i performance data, including some helpful tips on how you can investigate data to better understand your system's performance and how you can use the Performance Data Investigator for day-to-day management of your IBM i partition. This session will also review the newest performance tasks, including database performance graphs, health indicators, performance reports, system monitors, and how to use batch model for sizing exercises. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Eaton Corporation offices located at 26201 Northwestern Highway. This presentation can also be accessed remotely via GoToMeeting. Check the website for details. LEARN MORE >


March 18 -- North Attleboro, Massachusetts - Finding a starting place for developing Web services will be the featured topic at the monthly meeting of the New England Midrange Users Group. Guest speaker Aaron Bartell will help you discover and understand SOAP, XML, WSDL, and HTTP. The meeting is held at the Ambrosia Tavern located at 116 North Elm Street and begins at 5:15 p.m. LEARN MORE >


March 18 -- Jericho, New York - The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will feature two presentations by Steve Wolk, CTO for PC Richard & Son, a family-owned chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. His first presentation will cover advice on pairing Excel spreadsheets with IBM i. His second session focuses on leadership, motivation, and management techniques. In between the two presentations is time for dinner and networking. LISUG meetings are held at The Milleridge Inn located at 385 North Broadway in Jericho. LEARN MORE >


March 24 -- Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois - The monthly meeting of the OMNI User Group will feature Yvonne Enselman discussion tips and tricks for programmers. This session will help application developers deliver a more reliable product through testing and quality assurance. Enselman will explain the different stages of testing, how to make use of risk analysis, and everyone's priority of increasing efficiency. She has been an active member of OMNI for 15 years and has served as president, secretary, treasurer, board member, and is currently the chairperson of the annual technical conference. She also serves on the COMMON Board of Directors. 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 Restaurant & Pizza located at 17 W. 280 West 22nd Street. 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 >


May 6 & 7 -- Toronto, Canada -- The Toronto User Group's annual two-day technical conference will once again deliver a unique educational opportunity for IBM i professionals in southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States. The educational content includes topics such as performance management, Web and mobile development, application modernization, and accessing and optimizing IBM i data. A session agenda and speakers list for TEC 2015 is available online. Alison Butterill, product offering manager for IBM i, will be the keynote speaker. The event is being held at Seneca College at York University. Registration fee for TUG members is $695 and the fee for non-members is $795. An early registration discount is available until March 31. LEARN MORE >


May 11-15 -- Las Vegas, Nevada - Edge2015 is IBM's annual showcase of IT infrastructure innovation. This multifaceted event incorporates an executive summit and three technical conferences that highlight Power Systems, storage systems, and z Systems. Business luminaries are lined up to share best practices on how they have used new technologies to target new customers and create net new revenue. Educational sessions, a solutions exposition, certification testing, and keynote presentations by industry thought leaders provide attendees with a lot to think about. LEARN MORE >


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