Volume 16, Number 11 -- March 24, 2016
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The IBM i State of the Union

The IBM i platform is in the best position it has ever been in and the future looks bright.

In this report, Pete Massiello of iTech Solutions discusses the current state of the operating system and where it's headed in the future.

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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) IBM and its OpenPower partners need to conceive a prodigy system that combines the current datacenter workloads with new workloads. The entire kit and caboodle would run natively and faster than a fart in a skillet on a Power-centric platform. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) When does system monitoring become a big enough concern to an IBM i shop that specialized software would be considered? Often it's when one person has the responsibility for monitoring multiple systems. Monitoring tools can be expensive to license, and that's why subscription-based tools like this one may surprise a few folks. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Three ingredients that contribute to making IBM i a great business platform: bullet-proof hardware, reliable software, and exceptional people. The first two will only get you so far. Investing in a skilled workforce is the key and the COMMON Annual Meeting and Expo--coming up in May--should not be overlooked. READ MORE >


(Botz Security Bytes) The IBM i is highly securable, but it is not secure. There's a huge difference. Security expert Pat Botz explains that nothing is inherently secure. The definition of "properly secured" is whether those who are specifically authorized to resources are able to access those resources and able to manipulate them only in ways consistent with your company's security policies. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The IBM i version of roadside assistance comes to your rescue with some remote tech support, some problem solving, some trouble shooting, and, best of all, something called the MustGather Data Capture tool. IBM Support created the tool, which is capable of automatically collecting debug data and fixing problems. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Excessive software maintenance charges for Oracle's JD Edwards customers has led to a growing third-party support business that is known to offer lower prices and higher levels of support. Dean Foods recently contracted with Rimini Street for JDE support and is quite pleased with the result. READ MORE >


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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals

(Muskegon Community College) This YouTube presentation provides an overview of IBM i online curriculum at the college and the goal of bringing new skills and talent to the IBM i community. Char Parker, faculty member at MCC, discusses the importance of the IBM i skills modernization, mentoring and advocacy, industry certifications, and provides an overview of courses offered in an online format and available to anyone with an internet connection. READ MORE >

(BCD) This archived webinar examines Node.js and why it's being chosen for IBM i web and mobile development. Open-source expert Aaron Bartell and IBM's Tim Rowe discuss how to get started using Node.js, what can be accomplished, and why IBM's support of open source technologies is increasing. READ MORE >

(IBM) SQL Procedures, Triggers, and Functions on DB2 for i is an updated version of one of the most popular IBM i Redbooks of the past nine years. It includes chapters on data-centric programming, SQL Persistent Stored Modules, and IBM i and DB2 for i Services. READ MORE >

(System i Developer) The IBM iAdvocate Resource 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. It includes a "25 Years of IBM i Innovation" presentation with a companion white paper, plus SAP benchmark results and cost/benefit research. 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 >



Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

March 24 -- Webcast - The state of IBM i security is not great. All the doors have locks, but it's up to you to lock them. Plenty of IBM i shops leave the doors wide open and the system at risk. This session will highlight the importance of encrypting data in transit and show you how to do it easily with minimal interruption to the business. IBM i advocate Steve Pitcher is the guest speaker. The session begins at noon Central Time. It's free to all COMMON members and members of local user groups that have COMMON memberships and those who work for companies with COMMON corporate memberships. LEARN MORE >


March 30 -- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - The Toronto User Group meeting agenda includes guest speaker Brian May providing two sessions. The first session begins at 5 p.m. It provides advice on how to hire and keep great employees. The second session features advice on how to organize an ILE application. May is an IBM Power Systems Champion and solutions architect for Profound Logic Software. He devotes the majority of his time to assisting IBM i shops with their modernization efforts. In between May's two presentations there is time for networking and dinner. The meeting, which begins at 4 p.m., takes place at the Living Arts Centre located at 4141 Living Arts Drive. LEARN MORE >


April 5 -- Webinar - This online session covers secure and cost effective ways to connect data and the people who need it, without adding another server and database to your network. It focuses on writing quick, ad hoc queries that output to Excel, Access, Word, PDF, CSV, and TXT; develop complex reports; build multidimensional data models; and design Web reports with charts & drill-down hyperlinks. The presentation, hosted by New Generation Software, begins at 11 a.m. LEARN MORE >


April 11-13 -- Framingham, Massachusetts - The Northeast IBM i User Group Conference features more than 70 educational sessions including topics such as: RPG, Ruby on Rails, RDi/RSE, Linux, SQL and the database, systems management and performance, Web development and mobile computing, security, disaster recovery and business continuity. The assembly of top speakers includes: The Four Hundred Guru editor Ted Holt, Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Alan Seiden, Pete Massiello, Aaron Bartell, and others. The event also includes a vendor expo. The user groups of the Northeast come from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. LEARN MORE >


April 12-14 - Atlanta, Georgia -- IBMTechU Comes to You includes more than 100 technical sessions on topics pertaining to Power Systems, z Systems, and storage. IBM product and industry experts will be presenting hands-on labs, demos and workshops. Fourteen sessions of IBM i-specific training are available at this conference, but will not be offered as this event moves on to San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, and Austin. LEARN MORE >


April 14 -- Webinar - The skills for managing SQL statement performance will be discussed in this online session presented by DB2 for i expert Tom McKinley, a member of the IBM database team. Topics to be covered include the fundamental pieces that make up SQL performance, open data paths, and the coding practices and considerations that can help improve SQL performance. The session begins at noon Central Time. It's free to all COMMON members and members of local user groups that have COMMON memberships and those who work for companies with COMMON corporate memberships. LEARN MORE >


April 14 -- St. Louis, Missouri - Network Deployment and DB2 Enhancements associated with the new IBM i 7.3 will be featured in this remote presentation by IBM i development team members at the regular monthly meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, a System i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. Details of this presentation won't be announced until the i 7.3 official announcement a few days before this meeting. The meeting location is Spazio's restaurant at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date. The presentation is available via a remote hookup for those who cannot attend. LEARN MORE >


April 14 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - Assessing RPG, COBOL and CA 2E (Synon) applications and improving business outcomes through better legacy IT management or focused modernization projects will be the discussion topics at the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association. Guest speaker is Raymond Everhart, a senior IBM i analyst at Fresche Legacy. Everhart will be presenting two sessions: one on database access and the other on model view controller programming. In between is dinner and networking with the members. This meeting takes place at Mo's Irish Pub located at 10842 West Bluemound Road. LEARN MORE >


April 19 -- Costa Mesa, California - Discoveries of WebSockets, IBM i, and Watson will be revealed at the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. This remote presentation by IBM i Champion Aaron Bartell will include calling on Watson from IBM i using Node.js, how WebSockets work to communicate from browser to IBM i and from IBM i to Watson, and how the Node.js socket.io library makes it simple to do WebSockets. Dinner and networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6:30. The meeting place is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


April 20 -- Westbury, New York - The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will include two presentations by IBM i PHP expert Mike Pavlak. At 5 p.m., Pavlak will discuss popular tweaks, hacks and just plain good practices the for IBM i PHP community. At 7 p.m., he will explore several examples of how PHP scripts can use the Open Source Toolkit to access RPG business logic. In between the PHP sessions is time for networking, cocktails, and dinner. LISUG meetings are held at the Westbury Manor located at 1100 Jericho Turnpike. LEARN MORE >


April 23 -- Costa Mesa, California - A Node.js Boot Camp introduction for RPG programmers will be presented by IBM i open source expert Aaron Bartell in a multiple-session, one-day combination of lectures and hands-on lab instruction. Topics on the agenda include a new skill as "job insurance," how to obtain and install Node.js, and how Node.js talks to RPG and DB2. OCEAN user group members can register for $50. The cost for non-members is $75. The training takes place at National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


May 15-18 -- New Orleans, Louisiana - The 2016 COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition is the largest IBM i educational event of the year. It includes in-depth sessions related to IBM i, as well as AIX and Linux. The agenda includes all-day pre-conference workshops, open labs, and a variety of regular-length sessions. The complete session guide is available online. LEARN MORE >


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