Volume 15, Number 09 -- March 19, 2015
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) You be the judge. How is IBM aligning with your business and how is your business aligning with IBM? Is the answer you give today the same one you would expect to give three years from now? READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Two organizations share two reasons for moving their IBM i systems off premise and into a data center where they are managed by a third-party vendor. Each company says it was driven by the desire to consolidate IT investments and avoid hardware upgrade expenses. Both agree it was an easy decision and easy transition. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Today's mantra of "loosely coupled yet tightly integrated" sounds great theoretically, but doesn't give you much to go on when things start to fail. One multi-billion-dollar ecommerce operation that relies heavily on the IBM i server turned to Splunk to make sense of the mess of data coming in. READ MORE >


(MCPress) Users of IBM Notes have their very own application modernization projects. Applications built for the Notes client do not seamlessly translate to the Web. So what's the strategy? IBM has some suggestions. READ MORE >


(IBM Systems Magazine) Everybody loves Frank. I don't even need to mention his last name, because every IBM i advocate knows who Frank is. To be respectful, the reference could be Dr. Frank, but he's not a guy hung up on titles, not even Father of the AS/400. You want to know a little more about Frank and the early days of the IBM i? His story is a good one. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(IT Jungle) IBM recently patched several security vulnerabilities in the IBM i operating system, including lingering problems with OpenSSL and an ISC BIND Delegation Handling vulnerability. The vulnerabilities affect multiple releases of IBM i, and could enable an attacker to successfully crash impacted servers. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) DataMigrator for i is a new extract, transform, and load solution designed to feed IBM i-based business intelligence and analytics applications with data originating from outside the platform. The new tool works with DB2 Web Query Express and Standard editions. It can perform bulk loads and incremental updates of data. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) You might actually work for one of the companies that has given some thought to topics such as the ease of recovering data after the system goes down for whatever reason. You might also be under pressure from shrinking backup windows. And you might be asking why your IT staff spends as much time as it does on a task that brings nothing to the business bottom line. Tape backup gives you a lot to think about. 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 >


(Maxava) This disaster recovery guide focuses on the impacts disasters--natural and man-made--can have on business and how to minimize the risks. It includes steps to implement a DR strategy, testing the plan and keeping it current, performing backups, the benefits of cloud-based backups, and DR provider selection advice. 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 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 25 -- Webinar - Application development is no longer tied to a single programming language. More than 5 million developers use PHP and adding it you're your IBM i application roadmap is easier than you think. This session, hosted by Profound Logic and Zend Technologies will feature tips and techniques for adding PHP elements to a modernized green-screen interface, how to automatically generate PHP code and ensure code quality and performance. Mike Pavlak and Alex Roytman are the instructors during this presentation, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time. LEARN MORE >


March 26 -- Webinar - The risks involved with transmitting sensitive company data using cloud-based file-sharing services like Dropbox will be explored in this session, which puts the emphasis on security and on-premise solutions. Topics on the agenda include end-to-end encryption, audit logs and detailed reporting, managing users, device authorization, and remote wipe. The session begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. 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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